I’m sure you want to age gracefully and keep your brain functioning at its peak. It might shock you to learn that “healthy soy” might be the wrong food choice and not the so-called wonder food that it proclaims to be. I’m talking about tofu, meal replacement shakes, veggie burgers, and soy milk.
It leads you to ask the question: Could the dangers of soy cause you to age faster?
Most of these products contain unfermented soy – which is filled with anti-nutrients. That means you’re leeching your body of nutrients while you think you’re eating healthy.
Fermented soy (in moderation) is better for you, but isn’t as widely used. Examples of fermented soy products are miso, tempeh, natto, or tamari (naturally fermented soy sauce).
Despite the hype, typical Asian cuisine only includes approximately two teaspoons of soy each day…usually as a condiment.
SOY: Healthy or Hazardous?
Soy has been heavily marketed in the past decade through the mainstream media. While some consider it a “miracle food”, others think of it as a “toxic killer”.
It’s considered a staple food for vegetarians, vegans, and extreme health types. But the fact is 90-95% of all soy produced in the United States has been genetically modified (you didn’t see that one coming, did you?).
Despite the intensive marketing done by the soy industry and how extensively it is used as a cheap filler in more foods than you can possibly imagine, the long-term side effects of soy-based diets are finally being realized of the dangers of soy.
Doctors and scientists are looking more closely at soy and its many aliases. When you read the labels and don’t see “soy” printed clearly – don’t automatically think you’re in the clear. Look for phrases like “TSF or TSP”, “Mono-Diglyceride”, and “Soy Lecithin”.
Note: Lecithin can also be derived from eggs, sunflower oil, or corn oil, so you’ll need to double check if it’s extracted from soy.
I remember when soy made its debut twenty years ago. Suddenly, everyone I knew was buying tofu and soy milk – believing the hype, about it being the latest, greatest miracle food that would help them live forever.
Within a couple of years, soy was being used as filler in many processed foods – especially meat based foods to make them cheaper (beans cost less than beef).
If you look on the label of almost every frozen meal that contains “meat” you will see that a large portion of that ingredient isn’t meat at all…but soy.
Eating Soy Can Be Dangerous To Your Health…
Soy contains Phytoestrogens – which mimic the natural estrogen our bodies produce. This is especially troubling for women. Independent research studies have found that increasing your consumption of Phytoestrogens can be dangerous and has been linked to endometrosis, uterine fibroids, and even breast cancer.
Soy is also what’s known as a thyroid suppressing food or “goirtogenic“. When your thyroid is suppressed you gain weight. This also increases mood swings and fatigue. Soy contains enzyme inhibitors that blocks mineral absorption in your digestive tract and stops you from properly digesting protein. The only way your body can actually digest soy – is if it’s fermented.
Health Problems And The Dangers of Soy- Soy Products Are Linked To:
- Hormone Disruption and Miscarriage
- Infertility in Women
- Learning Disabilities in Children
- Mineral Deficiency
- Erectile Dysfunction in Men
- Thyroid Damage
- Digestion Problems
- Early Onset Puberty in Children
- Memory Loss
Soy-based infant formula is not excluded. The National Institute of Health is studying soy formula due to the Phytoestrogen content, which mimics human estrogen. There is speculation that giving your baby soy-based formula is the equivalent (dependent on baby weight) of approximately 4-5 birth control pills a day.
If soy is a major part of your diet, do the research for yourself. Sites that tell you “you have nothing to worry about” are typically profiting from the sale of soy so dig deep.
One more thing: millions of people are allergic to soy and don’t even know it. The use of “hidden” soy in countless foods could be the reason you feel tired, nauseous, or suffer from acne.
Forget the soy hype. You owe it to yourself to avoid the dangers of soy.