THE SCOOP ON SOY – AVOID It

Soy is not a health food. Avoid it completely or eat only on rare occasions and in fermented forms. The soybean is now being linked to breast cancer, thyroid disease, menstrual and fertility issues, as well as severe allergies, compromised immunity and brain damage.

Many countries, including Britain, Switzerland and Israel, have issued warnings to their citizens about the dangers of soy and soy infant formula. Due to millions spent on marketing, the food industry has managed to convert millions of soy consumers.

Over the past two decades, soy has been widely promoted as a miracle food that can prevent heart disease, fight cancer, reduce hot flashes and build strong bones. As a result, soy’s sales are billions in the US. The marketing of soy as a health food has been so successful that few people realize that respected scientists have warned that possible benefits should be weighed against soy’s risks. Even researchers working for the soy industry have admitted at soy symposia that the ‘marketing is way ahead of the science’.

Interference with Hormones

The most serious problem with soy is the phytoestrogens. They are similar enough to estrogens to cause significant endocrine disruption in the body.

  • Phytoestrogens lock onto receptor sites for real hormones that the human body needs, like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.

Soy protein contains a type of phytoestrogens called isoflavones.

  • Isoflavones interfere with estrogen receptor sites causing premature periods in girls. It also promotes cancer (many cancers grow when there is an abundance of estrogen or estrogenic substances).
  • In vitro studies suggest that isoflavones inhibit synthesis of estrogen and other sex hormones.

Menopausal women should not consume soy products in an attempt to control hot flashes and other side effects of menopause. There are far safer alternatives to increase your levels of estrogen or optimize your estrogen/progesterone ratio. Am I the only person who thinks that interfering with a person’s natural hormones is a self-evidently bad idea?

Soy further interferes with hormones, having contraceptive effects. In men, soy lowers testosterone levels, and reduces the quantity and quality of sperm. Couples trying to conceive should absolutely eliminate soy. Some cultures use soy to reduce the chance of pregnancy and to lower libido. It’s very popular in Buddhist monasteries with monks that have taken a vow of celibacy. Want to increase your libido? Eliminate soy from your diet.

Soy Causes Nutritional Deficiencies

The first troubling group of anti-nutrients in soy are called the phytates.

  • Phytates bind to minerals like zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper, and may strip them from the body. The effect resulting in mineral deficiencies.
  • Phytates block the absorption of nutrients from soy, so that any possible benefit is effectively negated. Soy also contains protease inhibitors, inhibiting some of the key enzymes that help us digest protein.

Thyroid Problems

The thyroid can be negatively impacted by soy, with soy contributing to low thyroid function and even thyroid cancer. The thyroid controls your metabolism and energy. When it isn’t functioning properly, you can experience weight gain, low energy, and fertility can be affected. When the thyroid is compromised, it may enlarge in an attempt to absorb necessary missing nutrients. This often results in a mass called a goiter.

Avoid Soy When Pregnant

Soy can cause the most damage during pregnancy and infancy. Sadly, its negative effects rarely show up until puberty. Eating soy while pregnant can impair your child’s fertility when they are adults and cause genital deformities. This is especially true in boys, who are more sensitive to estrogen in utero. This is why male babies are 8 times more likely to suffer genital deformities.

Avoid Soy Infant Formula

Soy infant formula is one of the most insidious consequences of the food industry’s drive to profit. It can cause lifelong allergies, autoimmune thyroid disease, asthma, and attention deficit disorder. Soy damages the nervous system in infants by killing brain cells. Specifically in the hippocampus, the area responsible for memory and learning. Not what you’re looking for, I believe, in your growing child.

It is also very high in manganese (50-80 times the amount found in dairy formula), which is toxic to infants and children. Manganese toxicity, negatively impacts the development of the brain and nervous system, mimicking autistic symptoms, causing ADD/ADHD and other learning and behavioral disorders.

Think Soy Protein is Healthy? Think again…

Most people unwittingly eat soy protein isolate or textured soy protein in the form of protein powders, veggie burgers, vegetarian fake meats, etc.

Just some info on how soy protein is made:

  • After removing the fiber, the beans are put in an aluminum pot with an acid wash. They absorb the aluminum (linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s) and then are treated with many chemicals including nitrates (linked to cancer).
  • Some amino acids (proteins) are destroyed; others are rendered toxic and carcinogenic.
  • Free glutamic acid, or MSG, is produced during the processing of soy protein isolate, while more is usually added to many soy products.
  • The soy protein isolate is then mixed with various binders, gums, fats, flavors, and sweeteners.

Hungry for that protein shake now?

Soy protein fibers are difficult to digest, have a scouring effect on the GI tract and cause a marked amount of flatulence. This soy protein isolate powder is in up to 60% of processed foods, including soymilk and infant formula. Read labels of the processed food you’re eating.

Soy protein isolate was originally ruled safe for use as an ingredient in cardboard. Researchers were worried the nitrosamines (liver damage and cancer) might leach from the cardboard container into food. Forty years later, the cardboard is safer to eat than the food.

Soy milk is a highly processed food and should never be consumed. It is not easy turning soybeans into milk. High heat and processing deform the soy proteins, making them very difficult to digest and unrecognizable by the body.

Over 90% of Soy is GMO

On top of all these frightening facts, ninety percent of the world’s soy production is genetically modified. GMO, genetically modified, soy has higher levels of protease inhibitors and higher levels of pesticides.

Soy is now one of the top eight allergens. This is namely due to GMO soy coming on the market in the ’90’s. The altered genetics of GMO soy have increased allergies because it is viewed by the body as a foreign entity. Not a food for consumption. Some are so sensitive they can’t even go to the grocery store because they are surrounded by soy. If you don’t buy organic, you’re almost certainly consuming soy. Organic soybeans are problematic as well, possessing all the same problems mentioned in this article.

This is what you’re eating when you eat soy: an industrial waste product. The food industry developed a way to use it. Turn it into cheap soy fillers and put it in every food found in the supermarket.

The Soybean …Poison in it and on it.


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