Why Avoid Soy?
There are many concerns with soy; it contains many anti-nutrients and components that are toxic to humans. The ingestion of soy has also been linked to the development of many health issues such as breast cancer, digestive issues, hypothyroidism, infertility, thyroid cancer, and many other disorders as listed in our book on page 58. There are many potential problems with soy discussed in the book including:
- Soy causes many thyroid problems. It is a known goitrogen—it promotes goiter or swelling of the thyroid gland. (More about this in Chapter 5.)
- Soy inhibits the uptake of iodine, which is used by the thyroid gland in the production of thyroid hormones. (More about this in Chapter 5.)
- Soy contains phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) which may disrupt endocrine function. (More about this in Chapter 4.)
- Soy contains large amounts of phytates (including phytic acid). Phytic acid is the storage form of phosphate in plants. Research has shown that phytic acid has been found to reduce the assimilation of minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc. The fermentation process helps in neutralizing phytic acid, which is one reason why fermented soy is healthier for you. (More about this in Chapter 3.)
- Soy has also been shown to increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D.
- It has long been recognized that soy consumption can cause vitamin B12 deficiency.
- During the processing of soy, highly carcinogenic nitrates and a toxin called lysinoalanine are formed. Also, many soy foods often contain MSG and aluminum.
- Most soy in the United States is genetically modified (GM). It is estimated that about half of the American soybean crop planted in 1999 carries a gene that makes it resistant to an herbicide (Roundup®) used to control weeds. Therefore, these GM soy plants are continually sprayed with large amounts of Roundup®. (More about GM soy can be found in Chapter 8.)
- Soy has one of the highest percentages of pesticide contamination of any food.
- Soy is highly allergenic and is in fact one of the top eight food allergens. It is found as filler in so many foods that people with allergies may be at risk. (More about soy and allergies can be found in Chapter 7.)
- Soy contains saponins which have been show to damage the mucosal lining of the intestine or cause leaky gut. (More about leaky gut can be found in Chapter 7.)
- Soy contains oxalates which can prevent calcium absorption and have been linked to the development of kidney stones.
Blog Posts on Soy
Soy – The Silent Infiltrator
Soy – the silent infiltrator - can now be found in countless products at the grocery store and is touted to be the ultimate health food. Used as a meat replacer and a milk replacer without the 'so-called' negative aspects of meat and milk. Soy is everywhere and even...
33 Back to School Lunch and Snack Ideas
School is back in session and so that means it's time to start thinking of healthy lunch and snack ideas. Be sure to make as many items as you can homemade and also to include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, include healthy fats, which are great for...
Edamame or Popcorn?
Many people (especially teens) are eating edamame as if it is popcorn and snacking on it daily thinking its a health food. As many of you know I have written a book on Soy and why its not good for you called "The Soy Deception." And, this includes edamame. Although...
Be Picky When Choosing Soy Sauce
Unfortunately most soy sauces out there are not healthy for you and you want to be picky when choosing your soy sauce. Almost all store bought and often restaurant soy sauces are pasteurized and full of chemicals, carcinogens and MSG. The healthiest option...
Confused About Soy?
Most people are confused about soy. The soy industry and the media would have you believe that soy is a healthy alternative to dairy. They would have us believe that soy is a miracle food and that ingesting soy can help you overcome illness as well as enable you to...
What Food Items May Contain Soy?
Soy is found in many common foods including meat and vegetarian products and, unfortunately, baby foods. According to the United Soybean Board, soybean oil accounts for 79% of the edible fats used annually in the United States. It is found in many margarines,...
10 Tips to Avoiding Soy
Soy is hidden in numerous items. Soybean oil and soy flour are in many baked goods, sauces, dressings, and many common packaged foods. Beware of soy in common food items like canned tuna and soups, chocolate, frozen dinners, pizza, bread, muffins, and cake mixes. ...
12 Reasons to Avoid Soy
Soy is not the health food it has been portrayed to be!! That is why Dr. Brownstein and I wrote the book The Soy Deception which this list refers to for more information. You can also learn more if you join Dr. Brownstein and I on June 16th for a lecture about the...