Is soy a healthy food? Soy Foods and Health
Many North Americans who are committed to healthy lifestyles have been deceived and manipulated into believing that unfermented and processed soy foods and products like soy nuts, soymilk, soy cheese, soy burgers and soy ice cream are good for them.
Soy has actually been touted in North America as a wonder food!
FACTS ABOUT SOY FOODS:
DID YOU KNOW:
- 91 percent of soy grown in the US is genetically modified (GM)!
- Soy contains natural toxins known as "anti-nutrients." Soy foods contain anti-nutritional factors such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, protease inhibitors, oxalates, goitrogens and estrogens. Some of these factors interfere with the enzymes needed to digest protein. While a small amount of anti-nutrients would not likely cause a problem, the amount of soy that many Americans are now eating could become problematic.
- Soy contains goitrogens - Goitrogens are substances that block the body from making thyroid hormones and interferes with iodine metabolism, thereby interfering with your thyroid function.
- Soy is loaded with the isoflavones genistein and daidzein - Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen, which is a plant compound resembling human estrogen. These compounds mimic and sometimes block the hormone estrogen and its receptors, and have been found to have adverse effects on various human tissues. Soy phytoestrogens are known to disrupt endocrine function, may cause infertility, and may promote breast cancer i
- Drinking even two glasses of soymilk daily for one month provides enough estrogen -like compounds to alter your menstrual cycle. Although the FDA regulates estrogen-containing products, no warnings exist on soy.
- Infants fed soy formula take in an estimated five birth control pills' worth of estrogen every day. Infants fed soy formula have up to 20,000 times the amount of estrogen in circulation as those fed other formula.
Before deciding just what soy foods or soy product to eat you will need to know that there are two kinds of soy foods available – unfermented and fermented. The difference between these two is their processing. We believe that soy foods should be treated just like any other food…. Eat the least processed form.
The least processed forms are the fermented soy products:
- Tempeh a fermented soybean cake with a firm texture and nutty, mushroom-like flavor.
- Miso, a fermented soybean paste with a salty, buttery texture (commonly used in miso soup).
- Natto, fermented soybeans with a sticky texture and strong, cheese-like flavor.
- Soy sauce, which is traditionally made by fermenting soybeans, salt and enzymes; be wary because many varieties on the market today are made artificially using a chemical process.
Please note that tofu is NOT on this list. Tofu is not fermented.
Soy proponents will argue that soy foods (they lump the fermented ones with the unfermented) will protect you from everything from colon, prostate and breast cancer to strokes, osteoporosis, and asthma. But Soy enthusiasts never mention the studies that illuminate soy's downside and all of the dangers posed to your health, which are based on sound research.
Dr. Brownstein’s NEW book, The Soy Deception exposes the half-truths and deceptive advertising that is used to promote soy as a healthy food. This book provides new information about how the ingestion of soy can cause: