The Soy Conspiracy
Confused About Soy?
Soy……. we have all heard of it promoted as an amazing health food haven’t we?
Its marketed as being low in calories, a complete source of protein, helpful in reducing cholesterol levels, lowering the risk of heart disease and some studies have even stated that the isoflavones in soy have anti-cancer benefits.
Sounds to be good to be true doesn’t it?! And unfortunately is it. There are hundreds of reports that many people are not aware of, supporting the EXACT opposite.
Soy can be very detrimental to our health.
Not only has soy consumption been proven to reduce fertility in women and contribute to premature puberty, thousands of studies also link soy to digestive distress, immune system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline and even cancer & heart disease.
One of the most concerning issues with soy is that the majority of soy is grown in America, of which 90% is genetically modified. Since the emergence of genetically modified food in 1996 studies have shown devastating effects from genetically engineered soy including allergies, sterility, birth defects, and in animal testing, offspring death rates up to five times higher than normal.
Soybeans also happen to be one of the most highly sprayed commercial crops. The herbicide normally used on soybean crops is called glyphosate, a chemical that researchers have found to be highly carcinogenic.
Organic soybeans also contain numerous naturally occurring toxic substances. These are classified as ‘anti-nutritional factors’ and include tanins, saponins, phytates (been shown to cause growth problems in children), trypsin inhibitors, goitrogens (Potent agents that block your synthesis of thyroid hormones and can cause hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer) and phytoestrogens, all of which, can decrease mineral/vitamin bioavailabity and inhibit the digestibility of carbohydrates and proteins.
Soy’s anti-nutrients are quite potent. Drinking just two glasses of soymilk daily provides enough of these compounds to alter a woman’s menstrual cycle.
In infants and small children these effects are increased. Research articles have shown Infants fed on soy formula may have up to 20,000 times more estrogen circulating through their bodies compared to those fed other formulas.
Soy foods contain elevated levels of toxic aluminum, which negatively affects the nervous system the kidneys and has been implicated in the onset of Alzheimer’s.
As detrimental as unfermented soy is, fermented soy from organic soybeans is quite the contrary and can be a beneficial part of your diet.
Traditional fermentation destroys these anti-nutritional factors and allows your body to absorb soy’s nutritional benefits. However, most Westerners do not consume fermented soy, but rather unfermented soy, mostly in the form of soymilk, tofu, soy infant formula and as an additive in practically every packaged food found in the supermarket.
Traditionally fermented soy products include:
- Soy sauce (as long as it’s fermented in the traditional way and not all are)
Tempe, for instance is considered very nutritional, as it is high syntheses its own B12 (perfect for vegetarians who generally lack this vitamin). It is also a valuable source of other B Vitamins, calcium, iron and protein.
Our everyday food choices greatly impact our health. The Advertising and promotional material we are exposed to influence our thoughts behind these vital food choices. Unfortunately soy has been falsely advertised and as the consumption of soy becomes more widespread and common we are suffering the consequences.
Things are not always what they seem. We need to become aware of what we eat, why we eat that food and what it is doing to us.
I hope that this post has made you aware that soy, in its unfermented form, is a food I avoid and strongly advise you do the same.