Soy is in almost every manufactured food product and nutritional supplement today. It is the main ingredient in vegetable oil, and can also be found in candles and soaps. We have been sold a lie. Marketing giants perpetuated that lie by coming up with bogus studies claiming that soy is the best thing since Wonder bread. And we all know how nutritious Wonder bread is. Soy is not healthy, in fact it is often referred to as a poison.
10 Reasons I Said Goodbye to Soy and saved my life.
- Soy is the most mucus causing vegetable on the planet. It is just like dairy. Mucus causes our digestive track to back up causing what would look like a standstill on a highway. This standstill causes the food we eat to become fermented. It sticks to the walls of our intestines like a magnet. Soy has been known to create digestive issues like IBS, slow digestion, circulatory issues, weight gain, and premature aging.
- Soy suppresses Thyroid Function: It destroys our thyroid. Soy is considered the king of goitrogenic foods. What does this mean to you and me? A goitrogenic food interferes with the function of our thyroid, it can make our thyroid become enlarged, which makes it more difficult for the thyroid gland to produce the necessary hormones.
- Soy blocks protein absorption: It is often said that soy is a complete protein, and therefore it is healthy for human and animal consumption. WRONG: Soy may be a complete protein but it is packaged all wrong. Unfermented soy (Soy protein isolate, soy milk, TVP, edamame, Tofu, Vegetable oils, Soy cheese, Soy ice cream, etc) have enzyme inhibitors. It’s these inhibitors which block the absorption of any protein that may be present in the soybean. Trypsin is one of those much needed digestive enzymes we need to properly digest protein; soy blocks that enzyme. The lack of trypsin causes stomach cramping, diarrhea, and bleeding.
- Anti-nutrients: These are toxic nutrients that are natural in plants to ward off different insects and animals. We are told to soak dry beans and nuts overnight to get rid of these anti-nutrients called phytates. These enzyme inhibitors cause gas, heartburn, reflux, and other digestive upset. Soy has problems here because while other legumes are giving up their phytates in the soaking water, soy holds onto their phytates. You can’t wash it off, or soak it off. So what’s the big problem with phytates? Phytates bind to minerals, such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper. It strips them from our bodies, giving us mineral deficiencies.
- Too much estrogen causes cancer. The phytoestogens in soy surpass all other foods. 100 grams of soy protein = 4 protein shakes = is the same estrogenic equivalent of a birth control pill.
- Genetically Modified: Soy is genetically modified to resist herbicides. Studies have found that hamsters fed GM soy were unable to have offspring and died much earlier than they should have.
- Soy Protein Isolate is seen in the body just like MSG (monosodium glutamate). This means that while eating or drinking anything with soy protein isolate our bodies see it as MSG and it has a negative effect on our brains. Soy protein isolate is a waste product that is the residue of the production of soy oil. So in essence every time you eat or drink something that contains it, you are consuming sludge. The sad fact here is that Soy Protein Isolate is also the first ingredient in many infant formulas.
- Soy contains aluminum. Aluminum is toxic to the nervous system and to the kidneys (I have one kidney, so I want to protect it as much as possible). Aluminum is also a contender for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. We are raising a generation of Alzheimer patients every time we give our infants soy formula.
- Soy damages our intestines. So while I am going about my day in trying to remain gluten free because of my intolerance to it, staying away from soy is also inevitable. Soy is loaded with protease inhibitors, lectins, oxalates, oligosaccharides, and proteins that cause intestinal irritation.
These are my 10 reasons I gave up soy over six years ago. It has been a difficult ride, but my health is in my hands.
We need to look past all the marketing hype and find out how to make our health the best it can be. Walking away from soy has been one of the best things I have done for my health.
Name something you’ve done for the sake of your health!