May 26, 2016 by coachnicole
Are Soybeans Safe?
Today’s post is something I have wanted to do for a while, but I wanted to make sure I had all my ducks in a row.
The words “healthy foods” mean so many different things to so many people. Trying to decide what is ACTUALLY good for vs. what someone said was healthy but has no facts to back it up can be hard. Health is something we really need to be our own advocate for because no one else will do it for us.
Some talk show host’s tell you cleanses are safe, drink nothing but water for 4 days and you will lose 10lbs. Another commercial will say, it’s ok to eat 10 cheeseburgers a day, as long as you stay within your points. One company even went as far to say that high fructose corn syrup isn’t bad, it just got a bad rap.
So today’s topic is soy. Soy was a big healthy alternative for a while. People thought meat was the devil and substituting it for soy was so much healthier. But the truth has come out and it is actually quite the opposite. Did you know the studies of ill-effects of soy go back to 1939?!
In a 1974 study of people ingesting soy protein isolate, it increased the requirements people needed for certain vitamins and actually created deficiencies of things like magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.
In a 1979 document the FDA showed concerns about nitrites and lysinoalanine (defined as an unusual and harmful amino acid) in processed soy. Even low levels on consumption (1/3 of a gram per day during this time), the presence of these carcinogens was considered too great a threat to public health. Soy protein was approved as a binder in cardboard boxes and this was because the migration of the toxins from box to food would be too small to constitute a cancer risk. FDA officials wanted safety specifications and monitoring before granting soy as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) but to this day, those were never conducted.
A 1981 study of soy-based infant formula indicated low digestibility. In 1990 a study linked soy-based formula with autoimmune thyroid problems. In 1995 another study done on soy-based formula showed persistent hypothyroidism in infants who received the formula.
In 1995 a study using soy as a substitute to meat to try and lower cholesterol showed that soy did not bring blood cholesterol levels down. A 1999 study showed soy raises Lp(a), meaning it likely contributes to heart disease.
In 1999 TWO government researchers at the National Center for Toxicological Research urged that soy carry a warning label instead of a health claim.
A 2004 study of a soy-based formula found an increase in the level of thyroid stimulating hormones in infants.
I could seriously go on and on about this. There are tons of studies done on this topic but instead of posting them all, you can check them out here.
Almost all soybeans grown today are genetically modified and “Round-up Ready” – meaning they can be sprayed with pesticides and not die. There is evidence that this gene can mutate and create a similar toxin in the body.
Animals that are fed soy can suffer similar negative health problems as people and those harmful properties are passed on to us from their meat.
So to wrap it up:
1. Babies consuming soy-based formula are consuming the equivalent hormones of 4 birth control pills a day. It is also linked to autoimmune thyroid problems and hypothyroidism in infants.
2. It is harmful to digestion by blocking enzymes that are necessary for the digestion of certain proteins. It also causes many deficiencies like magnesium, Vitamin B-12 and iron.
3. In men it can lead to testosterone imbalance, infertility, low sperm count and increased risk of cancers.
4. For women soy can cause estrogen dominance which is linked to infertility, menstrual troubles and cancer.
5. The majority of soy is produced as a genetically modified, Round-Up Ready product wreaking havoc on the soil and animals who consume it (and humans who consume the animal.
6. There are no nutrients in soy that cannot be found in better food sources (and in higher amounts) like meat, veggies and healthy fats.
All in all, soy is a nasty thing. Even if you aren’t eating tofu or drinking a glass of soy milk I bet you’d be surprised at how much of it you are consuming. Soy is in everything! It’s described as soy lecithin, soy protein isolate, soybean oil, etc. I’ve found it in things ranging from pickles to canned tuna, chocolate to salad dressings. READ YOUR LABELS.
I honestly had no idea how many places it was until my son was having stomach problems starting at about 4 weeks and I had to eliminate all soy products I was consuming (along with dairy & gluten).
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