Dangers of Soy?

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It's interesting that after decades of marketing, soy milk still enjoys such an undeserving health label. The difference between the healthy soy eaten historically in China and the soy that we get here in many Western countries comes down to fermentation. Fermented soy is good and healthy, while unfermented soy is definitely not good stuff, according to studies (see below), it's extremely unhealthy.

Why is that? Much of the soy available in America for instance, is not fermented soy and is also genetically modified in order to stand up to poisonous pesticides. Soybean crops are heavily sprayed with chemical herbicides, such as glyphosate, which a French team of researchers have found to be carcinogenic. Even if you can get organic soy, (only about 5% in USA), it is still unhealthy because soy naturally contain “antinutrients” such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, trypsin inhibitors, goitrogens and phytoestrogens as is high in phytic acid. In addition, genetically modified soy has also been linked to sterility and infant mortality.

Traditional fermentation destroys antinutrients, which allows your body to enjoy soy’s nutritional benefits.

Some Soy products that are OK to eat:
Tempeh, miso, Natto and soy sauce that are fermented.

Some Soy products that should NOT be eaten:
Over 90% of the soy in the US is not fermented. Shocking to think that soy gets such a good reputation for being healthy without ever thinking or considering the facts behind what are it's good and the bad aspects! Tofu is not fermented. There are a lot of foods that vegetarians eat, like tofu, edamame, soy yogurt, soy cheese, soy oil, soy burgers, etc. that are not healthy.

Edamame is a immature soybean product that has been harvested before the beans have had a chance to harden. Pre-made shop made salads that are made with edamame beans, are to be found in a abundance in supermarkets lablelled as healthy takeaway meals.

The most troubling soy food product is something that a lot of people feed to their children on the recommendation of their doctors. What is it? It's Soy baby milk formula. Research has found that the amount of manganese found in soy formula for infants causes brain damage in infants and behavior problems in adolescents. The manganese found in soy milk is 200 times the amount found in mother’s breast milk.

This comes from Dr. Mercola’s website….
The best-selling brand is Isomil (Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories), followed by Enfamil ProSobee (Mead Johnson), Nursoy (Wyeth-Ayerst) and Alsoy (Carnation).

According to Crinella and Tran, the discovery of potential harm from such products began in 1980 when a federal agency then called the Food and Nutrition Board established safe and acceptable values for manganese in adults, toddlers and infants.”  See  Dr. Mercola’s Site for further reading.

Illnesses associated with soy
Some of the illnesses associated with soy are cancer (specifically, prostrate and breast), brain damage, infertility, thyroid disorders, infant abnormalities, immune dysfunction and severe allergy.  Soy is an endocrine disruptor and it disturbs regular cell formation.

Silk bought Chinese soybeans for years, building a commanding share of the soy milk market, before substantially decreasing its support of organic agriculture altogether. Few Silk products are certified organic anymore, and some are processed with hexane, a neurotoxin. While the green “USDA Organic” seal is gone, hexane-processed soymilk can still be labeled “natural,” and if it contains organic ingredients, the label “made with organic ingredients” is still used.

Best Practice
It's always best to eat plant-based whole foods that are not genetically modified. Do not eat processed foods, not even those that have been pushed as health foods. Anything that has been made in a factory has been altered, is unnatural and should not be on our plates or in our baby’s bottles.

Many people have tuned into soy milk because they can’t do dairy. If you are looking for healthier alternatives to soy milk, please see here for an excellent  of an alternative example which you can easily make at home.

Because of the way we have “learned” to eat, healthy eating sounds difficult, but's It's not really.  All you have to do is break out of the old way of thinking about what it means (which is also learnt). It really isn’t hard, it is just that it's different for many of us. Once you make the changeover, you will find it is worth it and you will be so glad that you are living according to a healthier paradigm, I did.

If you feel inclined, do share your thoughts on soy…

Resource and Research:
-The American Soybean Association, St. Louis, Missouri “Genetically Modified Foods-Are they a Risk to Human and Animal Health” by Arpad Pustar, June, 2001.
-“The Dangers of Soy Protein” by Roy B. Kupsinel, M.D. Phillips, Jack, American Free Press, August 7, 2006

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