Soy Problemo

It’s right there in the title, in clear Spanish. Soy is a problem food. Let’s count the ways:

  1. Though its base is natural and a favorite for vegans as a meat substitute, soy is not the “health” food most people think it is. The nutrients don’t add up to the super food status.
  1. Soy is mostly used as a filler, thickener and preservative in processed foods, because it is cheap and easily modified. Almost all the soy used in consumer products has been genetically modified and contains loads of pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
  1. Soy contains phytoestrogens that mimic estrogen, leading to hormone imbalances in both men and women.
  1. With women, too much soy can lead to early menstruation and create all kinds of hormone imbalances, including infertility.
  1. In men, soy can lead to testosterone imbalance and gynecomastia (male breast enlargement).
  1. Soy has high levels of phytic that inhibit the body’s ability to absorb minerals like zinc, calcium, copper, iron and magnesium.
  1. Soy contains protease inhibitors that block the enzymes necessary for digestion.
  1. Soy contains goitrogens that are potent anti-thyroid compounds that lead to endocrine disruption and thyroid disorders.
  1. Soy is often touted as an excellent source of protein, but flaxseeds and chia seeds have the same amount of plant-based protein as soy, without the phytoestrogens and with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
  1. Used as an alternative food for celiac and gluten intolerant people, the lectins can be harmful to the intestines.
  1. Farmed non- organic animals are often forced fed soy to fatten up and suffer many of the same health consequences as people, which is passed on to consumers in the meat products.
  1. Soy milk is often used for people with allergies and who are lactose intolerant. Think of how many ways you use milk, Use almond, goat milk or coconut milk instead.

The only way to get a healthy soy product is when it’s an organic, fermented soy. Natto is a fermented soy that is good for you, loaded with vitamin K2, but is not found in any processed soy food product. Even then you need to check carefully to make sure it hasn’t been genetically modified. Tempeh and Miso can have some health benefits, since many of the harmful anti-nutrients are fermented out. Just avoid any product with a label that includes soy.

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