Soybeans are frequently touted as a “miracle food” that can prevent cancer and the ideal substitute for meat. But is soy really the “Magic Bean”? My answer is a resounding “NO” First of all, over 90% of the soybeans in the USA are GMO (genetically modified). In addition to causing sterility in rats and hamsters, GMO soy is heavily sprayed with toxic pesticides and herbicides. But some folks believe that organic “non-GMO” soy is OK to consume. I tend to disagree, based on the following:
- Soy contains phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) with built in insecticides. Phytoestrogens can mimic the effects of estrogen and have been found to have adverse effects on various human tissues. Drinking even two glasses of soy milk daily for one month has enough estrogen to alter a woman’s menstrual cycle.
- Soy contains trypsin inhibitors which interfere with protein digestion and cause pancreatic disorders. As a matter of fact, raw soy flour is known to cause pancreatic cancer in rats.
- Soy contains phytic acid, which disrupts mineral absorption by your bones.
- Soy contains hemagglutinin, which causes red blood cells to clump together and inhibits oxygen uptake, potentially causing blood clots.
And while we’re on the subject of soy, I think soy formula for infants is one of the most ludicrous products on the market. Soy formula is NOT SUITABLE as a milk substitute, because, among other reasons, soy milk does not contain cholesterol and infants need cholesterol, especially for the development of the brain and nervous system. And infants who are fed soy formula exclusively receive five birth control pills worth of estrogen every day! Is it any wonder that some girls are hitting puberty at 7-8 years old?
Lastly, the aluminum content of soy formula is 10 times greater than milk based formula and 100 times greater than unprocessed milk. Aluminum has a toxic effect on the kidneys of infants, and has been implicated as cause in Alzheimer’s in adults. There are some redeeming qualities to soy, however these are found primarily in fermented soy products like tempeh, soy sauce, miso and natto, and soybean sprouts. If you want to get some health benefits from soy, stick to these four forms and pass up the processed soy milks, soy “burgers”, soy “ice cream”, soy “cheese”, and the myriad of other soy JUNK foods that are so readily disguised as HEALTH foods. And if you want a good alternative to soy milk, try almond milk or coconut milk.