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The Great Soy Debate!

Every time we turn around we’re being told which foods are good for us & which foods should be avoided. Take the egg, for example, how many times has the message changed? First it was good, then it was bad and now it’s back to being good for us. How frustrating, why are we still listening? There’s always new information or studies that show why the previous message is no longer true.  Is that really why the the story changes or could it be that the producers/manufacturers are paying for this lip service in order to boost their sales?

I can’t stress enough the value of doing you’re own research! Take a look at what they’re claiming, do a google search to find more than one source that co-oberates the claim, and then look at the person or site who’s making the claim. Who’s conducting the research, which company owns them. Always, always question what you’re being told or sold!

Today I’m going to talk about the great soy debate. Everywhere you look Soy is being promoted as a health food. These claims are being backed up by the fact that soy has been eaten for 1000’s of years in asian countries so it’s got to be healthy.

However, according to the extensively researched book, The Whole Soy Story: the dark side of America’s favorite health food, by Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN, the Chinese first started eating soybeans about 2,500 years ago, after they figured out how to ferment it. Somehow, the ancient Chinese knew that soybeans still contain many toxins after cooking and thus avoiding eating it until they learned to neutralize those toxins through fermentation. And in traditional Asian diets, soy is only used in small amounts as a condiment, with pork, seafood and other animals providing the bulk of the protein. Only very recently has soy been eaten the way we typically eat it, consuming large amounts in an unfermented and often highly processed form. Soy was originally considered an inedible plant, used to fix nitrogen in the soil. Even today you can find people from farming families who remember that as the primary use of soy. ~ www.optimumchoices.com

Soy’s really not looking all that great now is it? According to Jillian Michael’s we need to avoid soy & processed foods that contain soy products. Soy is a 90% or more GMO crop. The pesticides used on this crop are linked to Cancer & Infertility. The Phytic Acid found in soy blocks mineral absorption in the body. She says that if you do consume soy, it should be fermented, organic soy & in serious moderation.

I found a couple websites that quote the major health problems linked to the consumption of soy, both in animals as well as people. They cite an article on the Weston Price Foundation’s website.

  • High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.
  • Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.
  • Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing and additional amounts are added to many soy foods.
  • Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body’s requirement for B12.
  • Soy foods increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D.
  • Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein.
  • Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.
  • Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women.
  • Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
  • Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.
Now the original article doesn’t come up, but I found a bunch of websites when I googled “Is soy bad for you”, sites that were on both sides of the fence. I’ll leave a list of them here for you to look at. For me personally, the health risks of soy out weigh the benefits. It’s up to you to draw you’re own conclusions.

More Info on Soy can be found here:

www.healingdaily.com

www.optimumchoices.com

www.utne.com

Thanks so much for reading!

Juniper

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