Modern soy has been linked to several undesirable health conditions. Still, the soy debate has been great and it seems that most people are either on one side or the other concerning soy. To clear up any confusion you may be having, let’s take a closer look at soy and find out if it is a miracle food or a miracle myth.
What is Soy?
Soybeans (Soya) are a legume that originated (as far as history can tell) in China, as far back as the eleventh century B.C. However, our ancient ancestors understood how to prepare soy. Today’s soy can has toxic effects such as :
- Soy foods increase the body’s requirement for Vitamin D. Toxic synthetic Vitamin D2 is added to soy milk.
- Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxins and carcinogens.
- Soy contain high levels of aluminum, which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.
- Over 93 percent of soy is genetically modified (GMO). Soy may be in processed foods under various names including hydrogenated oils, lecithin, emulsifiers, tocopherol (a vitamin E supplement) and proteins.
Foods that Contain Soy
Soy is being poured into a large number of products these days and a lot of people are being misinformed, believing they are bettering their health. Soy can be found in obvious products, such as tofu or edamame. It is also found as a dairy alternative food source in soy milk, soy ice cream, soy yogurt, etc. However, the sneakiest route soy making it’s appearance is in processed foods. Bread, cereal, chocolate, breaded food, infant formula, etc. can all contain soy. You are best off reading the label and avoiding products containing soy lecithin, soybean oil, soy protein (concentrate, hydrolyzed, isolate), hydrolyzed vegetable protein, or textured vegetable protein (TVP).
What Conditions May High Soy Intake Cause?
Consuming soy can lead to devastating results. Soy consumption has been linked to an alarming amount of illness, which is known but not limited to hormone disturbances, thyroid imbalances, nutritional deficiencies and even cancer.
A Safe Way to Enjoy Soy?
Soy can be enjoyed without such fear is if it is in it’s fermented, NON-GMO state, as it was originally consumed. Temph, miso and natto are all examples of fermented soy, but remember to look for the “NON-GMO” label. Or better yet, if you have access to organic soybeans, make your own and let me know how it turns out!
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Wechsler, Seth J. “Recent Trends in GE Adoption.” USDA. United State Department of Agriculture – Economic Research Service, 3 Nov. 2016. Web. 31 Mar. 2017.