Say NO To Soy!
From 1992–2006 the sales of soy foods increased from $300 million to nearly $4 billion, and according to the Soy Foods Association of North America, this growth occurred literally overnight.
It seemed as if these soy foods appeared out of nowhere but they were referred to as this “miracle health food”. However, soy did not become a so called “health food” by the praise of nutritionists and other health professionals, soy became successful due to the massive investment in the advertising of soy, which made them wildly prosperous.
From 2000–2007 food manufacturers introduced more than 2,700 new soy-based food products and more than 85% of the soy consumers believed that soy was a true health food. This advertising was done by the very big business of soy, their huge profit left their pockets full and has now left many of their consumers with impaired health! (Yes impaired health, keep reading).
Unless you are buying organic fermented soy products (not just organic) such as tempeh, natto, miso and authentic soy sauce the majority of what you would find at your grocery store, or even health food store is not a health food. More than 90% of soy is genetically modified (GMO) in Canada and is fully contaminated with pesticide residues.
GMO’s can be sprayed with highly toxic herbicides like Roundup, which improves the crops productions by killing all the weeds.
Genetically modified soy has been linked to an increase in allergies and our only published human study on GM food verified that the gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of our gut bacteria and continues to function. This means that even for years after you stop eating GM soy you may still have a potentially allergenic protein continuously being produced in your intestines.
In Asian cultures people eat modest amounts of whole non-GMO soybean products, where as in Canada and the United States the soy is being separated into protein and oil and is hiding in thousands of products that are massively consumed.
There are many studies that point out soy’s link to:
- Breast cancer
- Brain damage
- Infant abnormalities
- Thyroid disorders
- Kidney stones
- Digestive distress
- Infertility / reproductive disorders
- Danger during pregnancy and nursing
- Severe and potentially fatal food allergies
- Immune system breakdown
- Cognitive decline
Soy advocates will argue that soy based foods will protect you from everything from colon, prostate, breast cancer, strokes, asthma and osteoporosis. However these enthusiasts never mention studies that highlight soy’s well researched downside and dangers.
More than 80% of the world’s soy is used in farm animal feed. Soy production is contributing to deforestation. A solution to this isn’t for us all to become vegetarian, a better solution is to demand a complete reconstruction on how farm animals are fed and raised.
What else makes soy a risky food to eat?
- Soy contains “anti-nutrients” which are a form of natural toxins
- Soy is a hemagglutinin, a clot promoting substance that causes your red blood cells to clump together, which makes it hard for your body to properly distribute oxygen to tissues
- Soy contains phytates, also called phytic acid, which bind to metal ions and can prevent the absorption of certain minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. This is most problematic for vegetarians/vegans since meat reduces the mineral blocking effects (so vegetarians would be best off avoiding soy)
- Soy is loaded with the isoflavones genistein and daidzein, these are a type of phytoestrogen which resembles human estrogen in the body. These isoflavones can mimic estrogen and have negative effects of a variety of functions, they are known to cause infertility and may promote breast cancer in women. Drinking only two glasses on soy milk daily for one month provides enough of these isoflavones to alter your menstrual cycle.
- Soy contains toxic levels of aluminum, since they are processed by acid washing in aluminum tanks, this can leach high levels of aluminum into the final soy product.
- Soy infant formula puts your baby’s health at risk, the estrogens in soy can irreversibly harm a baby’s sexual development and reproductive health. Infants that are fed soy formula take an estimated five birth control pills’ worth of estrogen every day. Infants that are fed soy formula have up to 20,000 times the amount of estrogen in circulation as those fed other formulas
Tips For Avoiding Unwanted Soy Foods:
Remember that unless it is fermented, forget about it!
Soy Foods to Avoid:
- All Tofu’s and Sprouted Tofu (even if organic and non-GMO)
- TVP (texturized vegetable protein) or soy protein isolate, which contains large amounts of MSG
- Soybean oil
- Soy milk
- Soy cheese, soy ice-cream, soy yogurt
- Soy “meat” (meatless products made of TVP)
- Soy protein
- Edamame (immature soy beans)
- Soy infant formula
- Soy lecithin
Almost all processed foods, organic and non-organic may contain some form of soy. Don’t rely on packaged foods, and if you need to, read the label. Since soy is top allergen, if it is hidden in food colours, flavours, blends, or spice blends it must be labelled.