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Not Soy Good

What is the first thing people think about when they hear the word soy? Health food, right? I may not be an expert, but I would have to agree with them that this is a misleading concept behind what the word Soy actually entails. In other words, the experts would disagree. Dr. Kaayla Daniel, the author of the most complete book ever written about soy, "The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food", clearly reveals soy links to malnutrition, digestive disturbances, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive problems and infertility, as well as cancer and heart disease. Surprising isn't it? Well not really if you consider this side of the equation - just as cow's milk promotion began when there was a surplus of cow's milk, soy products were strongly promoted when it was "decided" that soy protein, a non-usable by-product remaining after extracting oil from soy plants, could be marketed as a "health food".

The edible oil industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that seems to find much research to back heavy soy consumption so they may benefit considerably by the increase of its sales. Besides the fact that most of their research is incomplete, and fictional for that matter, they also tend to be rather one-sided and leave out all the major health risks associated with this so called "health food" product.

Soy has become ubiquitous in its form. It can be found everywhere...at levels never before seen in history! For example, soy flour, soy oil, Soy lecithin, texturized vegetable protein to name a few.

Another alarming soy fact is that more than 80% of soy plants grown in the US are genetically modified organisms. This means that not only are they chemically engineered but they are now massed produced so we become fortunate enough to have traces in almost every food we ingest. Please read the previous sentence with a bit of sarcasm. Not only are they genetically engineered and grown on farms that use a variety of toxic pesticides and herbicides, but soy beans contain one of the highest levels of pesticides contamination of all foods.

The list goes on and on with facts revealing the detrimental effects of soy. In particular, studies reveal that soy depresses thyroid function dramatically, which may lead to weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, and loss of libido. Studies also reveal that soy consumption in babies has been linked to developmental problems, including birth defects, child and adolescent reproductive disorders, and premature puberty onset. In fact, it has been concluded that soy formula is the equivalent of giving your child 4-5 birth control pills per day. If that is not enough to make a mother go irate I do not know what to tell you.

All this being said, are there any soy products that are actually beneficial to one's health? At this juncture one important distinction must be made when discussing soy. Fermented soy products (natto, tempeh, soy bean sprouts) are healthful, and are your best option. The NON-fermented highly processed soy protein isolates and isoflavones that make up western diets are considered a health detriment. Most soy products like soy burgers, soy yogurts, soy cheese, soy formula, and tofu are far from healthy and pose all the health risks previously discussed, as well as, a collection of chemical stabilizers and additives that are worse than the junk food they are trying to replace.

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