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THE TRUTH ABOUT SOY

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
May 14, 2018
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For years now we've been told about the health benefits of soy.

New research suggests that soy and soy based food products may not have the effect we once believed.

Over the last 15 years or so, soy has been touted as a miracle food. Thank the soy lobbyists for that. They say soy can prevent heart disease and cancer and is loaded with vitamins. We’ve been told it’s a great source of protein, a great milk substitute, and great for baby formula. What we haven’t been told about are the effects of consuming large quantities of soy on our bodies.

Soy became a frontrunner in the food industry during the health conscious movement that started in the 80s. The food industry saw an opening to turn a cheap and easy-to-grow plant t into a multi-billion dollar industry. Add a little spin, some clever marketing, a few lobbyists in Washington DC and you have what we see today: The omnipresent SOY.

The soybean plant is easy to grow (like a weed actually), it’s cheap, and it is mainly used to increase the soil viability by farmers. Today soy is one of the most Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in America. VERY BAD. They’ve only just begun to see the effects of consuming GMOs on the body, and none of it is good.

THE TRUTH ABOUT SOY

Here’s the breakdown on soy:

Phytoestrogens: Soy is higher in phytoestrogens that just about any other food source. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies. Independent research has clearly shown that consuming phytoestrogens is dangerous to our bodies. A leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, and low libido is unopposed estrogen, or estrogen dominance.  Consuming large amounts of soy increases your estrogen levels.

That is just what it can do to women. Men certainly don’t need more estrogen in their bodies. If they did, they would have been born with ovaries. Too much estrogen in men leads to testicular shrinkage, lowered testosterone levels and gynecomastia (breast development in men).

Goitrogenic (Suppresses Thyroid Function): Soy is not a friend to your thyroid. Soy has the highest levels of goitrogens of any food. It is KING. Goitrogens work by preventing your thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine. Iodine is a necessary factor to a healthy functioning thyroid. If your thyroid fails, what happens? Weight gain, extreme fatigue, confusion and a host of other effects. Your thyroid controls most of the metabolic functions in your body as well as your immune system. If your Thyroid goes, so does the rest of you.

A common misconception is that Asian cultures consume large amounts of soy. This is absolutely false. Yes, they consume a small amount of soy, but when they do it is usually fermented – the “safe” kind of soy.

Is eating some soy going to kill you? Probably not, but we certainly shouldn’t be consuming it in the quantities we are currently. A little in your coffee isn’t so bad if you’re lactose intolerant. Using it in your cereal every morning probably isn’t such a great idea.

You really want to limit soy in your diet. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, there are plenty of other sources for protein such as: legumes, green leafy veg, grains like quinoa and buckwheat, nuts, hummus, and hemp is a super source of vegetarian protein.

If you must use some soy products, make sure they are organic and don’t contain GMOs.

 

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