Over the years, we have been told of the health benefits of soy. Only recently, we have been informed of the harms of soy. If you are like me, you will want to know why? I’ve discovered that soy is not as healthy as I once thought. Let’s review the how the Asian community used soy:
Soy was first used as a food during the late Chou dynasty (1134-246 BC). Apparently the soy plant was initially used as a method of fixing nitrogen in their soil. Soybean did not serve as a food until the discovery of fermentation techniques to make foods like tempeh, natto and tamari. Asians consume soy foods in small amounts (about 2 teaspoons) per day as a condiment, and not as a replacement for animal foods.
Have you notice that soy is in most products you buy? From protein shakes to bakery products to energy bars. But what’s wrong with soy?
- Most modern soy foods are not fermented to neutralize toxins in soybeans, and are processed in a way that denatures proteins and increases levels of carcinogens. A British government report concluded that there is little evidence that soy foods protect against breast cancer or any other forms of cancer. In fact,soy foods may result in an increased risk of cancer. CANCER patients are being warned to avoid foods rich in soy because they can accelerate the growth of tumours. The Cancer Council NSW will issue guidelines in January 2007, warning about the dangers of high-soy diets and soy supplements for cancer patients and those people in remission from cancer. “The Cancer Council does not support the use of health claims on food labels that suggest soy foods or phyto-oestrogens protect against the development of cancer.”
- Soy isoflavones are phyto-endocrine disrupters. At dietary levels, they can prevent ovulation and stimulate the growth of cancer cells.
- Soy foods can stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent tumors and cause thyroid problems. Low thyroid function is associated with difficulties in menopause. Soy will destroy your thyroid. Many foods are goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing), but soy is king of them all. Goitrogens work by preventing your thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine. Eating as little as 30 grams(about 4 tablespoons) of soy per day can result in hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, constipation, weight gain and fatigue.
- A recent study found that women with the highest levels of estrogen in their blood had the lowest levels of cognitive function; In Japanese Americans tofu consumption in mid-life is associated with the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease in later life.
- Numberous animal studies show that soy foods cause infertility in animals.
- The soybean also contains hemaglutinin, a clot promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together.
- Soy contain protease inhibitors, which as the name suggests, inhibit the action of proteases (including trypsin). Protease are enzymes that are involved in the process of dismantling proteins for use by the body. Studies show that soy containn trypsin inhibitors that inhibit protein digestion and affect pancreatic function.
- Soybeans contain very high levels of phytate and their are numerous reports of reduced bioavailablity of various metals such as calcium, copper, iron, manganese and zinc. This has particular significance for vegetarians and infants fed soy-formulas. Soy foods can cause deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D.
- The soybean plant has the ability to absorb manganese from the soil and concentrate it to an extent that soy-based infant formulas can contain as much as 200 times the level of manganese found in natural breast milk. In babies, excess manganese that cannot be metabolised is stored in body organs. Around eight percent of the excess manganese in the diet is stored in the brain in close proximity to the dopamine-bearing neurons responsible, in part, for adolescent neurological development.
- The implications are that the one in eight infants raised on soy formula during the first six months of life may be at risk of brain and behavioural disorders that do not become evident until adolescence.
- Vitamin B 12 deficiency has been recognised as a serious result of soy consumption for many years.
- Soy is deficient in Vitamin B1.
- Numerous artificial flavorings, particularly MSG, are added to TVP products to mask their strong “beany” taste, and impart the flavor of meat.MSG, (also called free glutamic acid), a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing. Many soy products have extra MSG added as well.
- Fragile soy proteins are exposed to high temperatures during processing in order to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein, making them unsuitable for human digestion.
- Soy foods contain elevated levels of toxic aluminum, which negatively effects the nervous system the kidneys and has been implicated in the onset of Alzheimer’s.
- Babies fed exclusively on infant soy formula are receiving the estrogenic equivalent (based on body weight) of at least four or five birth control pills per day! You read that right. Four or five birth control pills per day!
- Phytoestrogens are chemical compounds found in some plants that mimic the estrogen hormone. Soy products are particularly rich in isoflavone phytoestrogens which are capable of significantly disrupting human hormonal balance, particularly in men. A study conducted by Harvard University revealed a definitive correlation between soy consumption and low sperm counts in men, indicating that high soy consumption can instigate reproductive harm and suppress testosterone levels.
- The GMO Compass database records that as of 2008, 92% of soy crops in the U.S. are genetically modified varieties. GMOs are continually shown in independent studies to cause serious harm in the human body, a frightening prospect when considering that soy derivatives are found in virtually every processed food product.
THE WHOLE SOY STORY blows the lid off nutritional dogma !
- Soy is NOT a miracle food.
- Soy is NOT the answer to world hunger
- Soy is NOT a panacea.
- Soy has NOT even been proven safe
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