Soy is not health food

Soy processingI’m not sure whether soy is proven to be harmful to everybody. But there’s lots of evidence that soy isn’t healthy and may be harmful to certain people, such as children. In my opinion we should “just soy no”.

Specifically, there is increasing evidence that soy, which is present as filler or fat in most processed food, causes problems with allergies, inflammation and thyroid gland function.

As a former practicing obstetrician, I am concerned that soy is a potent estrogen, strong enough to treat menopausal symptoms. The safety of soy is of particular concern in children. Babies drinking soymilk are ingesting the estrogen equivalent of five birth control pills everyday.

Finally, 90% of the soy in the U.S. is genetically modified (GMO) to withstand enormous doses of chemical spraying to choke out weeds, and those chemicals linger in our bodies for a long time.

Vegetarians should be especially conscious of soy because it is often used as a meat substitute.

For further reading, I recommend the book The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food by Kaayla Daniels. Her website includes the following specifics:

“Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and beans are widely appreciated for their rich vitamin and mineral content. But plant foods also contain antinutrients and toxins that can potentially cause myriad health problems…. [S]oaking, fermenting, cooking and other traditional processes will eliminate or reduce some – but not all – of these antinutritional and/or toxic components…. [M]odern processing methods fail to do so adequately or reliably, and … some foods should simply not be eaten raw.”

“The only soy products that are truly healthy for your family to eat are old-fashioned fermented products miso, natto and tempeh. A little tofu once in awhile would also not be a problem. Modern industrially processed products — including soy milk, soy nuts as well as veggie burgers, energy bars or other products using soy protein isolate and similar modern soy ingredients definitely pose risks.”

I agree.

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