Say Bye To Soy!
The Hidden Dangers of Soy and Soy Products
Most people generally consider Soy to be a health food and in addition it is heavily marketed as a healthy high protein product. However you may not be aware of the hidden dangers in this controversial food which we will attempt to unveil.
Soy is a member of the legume family and is found in hundreds of everyday food products. They include but are certainly not limited to candy, cereal, chocolate, imitation dairy foods such as soy milk, vegan cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream, vegetarian meat substitutes like veggie burgers, veggie sausage, soy mince, imitation bacon and chicken patties.
Surely Soy is good for us it has been the staple in Asian countries for centuries?
It is a fact that soy is eaten is Asian countries such as China and Japan but as a condiment or a seasoning but not in the volume that it is consumed in the U.S and Europe.
Furthermore Asians consume traditionally fermented soy such as miso, tempeh, natto, shoyu and tamari.
The fermenting process removes most of the phytates, trypsin inhibitors and hemagglutinin. Soy eaten by the Asian cultures are beneficial because they are combined with other mineral rich and nutrient dense foods such as rice, seafood, fish broth, organ meat and fermented vegetables to make the soy digestible. More importantly these foods are naturally high in iodine and other minerals which support the thyroid.
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In her article The Billion Dollar Myth by Nina Planck she writes
‘’Soy farming started around 1100 BC in China, where it was used to build soil fertility and feed animals. Soy beans were not considered fit for humans until the Chinese learned to ferment them, which makes them digestible. Asian diets now include fermented soy beans in the form of natto, miso, tamari, and tempeh.
Soy producers want you to eat more soy — more than the Asians eat, and more than is good for you. The Japanese and Chinese eat 10 grams of soy per day — about two teaspoons. Yet a soy manufacturer recommends Americans eat ten times what the Japanese eat — 100 grams of soy protein per day. In The Soy Zone, Barry Sears recommends a daily diet of a minimum of 50 grams of soy, and up to 75 grams for women and 100 grams for men.
It’s like red wine: a glass or two a day may be good for you; a bottle or two every day rots your liver’.
The Scary Side of Soy
Soy is one of the Big 4 genetically modified crops along with corn, canola and cotton. Over 90 per cent of soy is genetically modified. It is also one of the crops with the highest contamination by pesticides which may be the least of your worries when you discover what else soy contains:
Phytoestrogens are plant based oestrogens that mimic the female hormone oestrogen in the body. The presence of phytoestrogens is higher in soy than just about any other food source. These phytoestrogens can disrupt endocrine function. The endocrine system influences almost every cell, organ and function of the body and is sometimes referred to as the ‘master gland’. It plays an important role in the body’s growth and development, mood regulation, metabolism, sexual function and the reproductive processes.
Breast cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, low libido are conditions all linked to oestrogen imbalance.
Babies fed on infant soy formula are consuming the oestrogenic equivalent of 4 to 5 birth control pills per day. Is it no wonder that we see an alarming increase in the number of premature menstruation among young 6 to 7 year old girls?
Read it for yourself [Irvine, C et al. ‘The Potential Adverse Effects of Soybean Phytoestrogens in Infant Feeding] New Zealand Medical Journal, May 24, 1995, page 318.
Soybeans have one of the highest levels of Phytates in any grain or legume. Phytic Acids are enzyme inhibitors that can block the uptake of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, especially zinc in the intestinal tract.
Soaking, sprouting or cooking for long periods does not neutralize phytic acid and long periods of fermentation is the only process that significantly reduces the phytates.
Diets high in phytic acid has been linked to growth problems in children.
Trypsin Inhibitors and Hemagglutinin
Soybean is rich in Trypsin Inhibitors and Hemagglutinin which are growth inhibitors.
Trypsin inhibitors prevent the digestive enzyme Trypsin from properly digesting protein. This can lead to digestive and pancreatic problems.
Hemagglutinin is a clot promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together. It impacts the ability of these clumped up cells to properly absorb and distribute oxygen to the body’s tissues and organs. Bad news for your cardiac health.
Soy is the dreaded goitrogenic food (thyroid suppressing) which in short, will destroy your thyroid.
The thyroid gland is one of the most important glands and is located at the front of the neck where you would fix a bow tie. It is a small butterfly like structure with left and right halves called lobes. It manufactures and stores thyroid hormones needed for the many functions of the thyroid including metabolism and growth.
Goitrogens prevent your thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine it requires to function effectively. This can lead to thyroid disorder which may result in the following symptoms: feeling nervous or tired, muscle weakness, weight loss or gain and impaired memory. Thyroid disorder can also can affect your menstrual flow and lead to infertility and miscarriage.
According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), one in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during their lifetime.
Soy falls in to the processed, packaged, fake, unnatural artificial category of food and that’s reason enough to leave it alone. Choosing healthy wholesome food is best for your health and longevity.
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The key ingredient of most soy food that imitates meat and dairy products is Soy Protein Isolates (SPI).
Fibre is removed from the soybean using an alkaline solution followed by an acid wash which takes place in an aluminium tank. The soybeans are finally given an alkaline wash to neutralize them. The resulting curds are sprayed dried at high temperatures to produce a high protein powder. Further processing of this high protein powder under high temperature and pressure produces a textured vegetable protein (TVP).
During this process, toxic lysinoalanine , highly carcinogenic nitrosamines and the potent neurotoxins MSG (also known as free glutamic acid) are all formed. MSG is added back into the Soy Protein Isolates and Textured Vegetable Protein to give an authentic ‘meaty’ taste.
Elevated levels of toxic aluminium leaked from the aluminium washing tanks is also found in the final product which negatively effects the nervous system, kidney function and may be responsible for the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Test animals fed SPI developed enlarged organs, particularly the pancreas and thyroid gland. They also had an increase of fatty acid deposits in the liver.
Although SPI is added to many foods it was never granted GRAS status, that is Generally Recognised As Safe by the FDA. It was only granted GRAS for use as a bonder in cardboard boxes. Yet SPI is the basic ingredient of soy infant formula despite the major concerns surrounding it.
If like me you’re convinced by the overwhelming scientific evidence about the dangers of soy and soy products, why not give it up today? There are plenty of alternatives that taste good and are good for your health too.
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