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Soy – the “Magic Bean”?

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.

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3 Responses to “Soy – the “Magic Bean”?”

    • cheryl lewis says:

      I have adrenal fatigue so bad it is mimicking fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue S.
      I am taking appropriate supplements as well as following the Blood Type A diet which includes soy products (no red meats). I drink lots of Organic soy milk and eat lots of organic tofu. I am amazed at how much better I feel in the morning when the evening before I consumed one or both of these. The Organic Soy is helping me function better…That’s Me… and I am grateful for the blood type diet info and organic soy! Being post menopausal may also be advantageous when consuming the soy due to estrogen content. Again…my life, my perspective!

      • luci ryan says:

        I have consumed organic soy milk and products for 40 years and have no problem. Menopause was a breeze. Almond milk is no better than soy as they are both processed. One shoe doesn’t fit all.

    • Arita Trahan says:

      It’s true that no two bodies are alike. I was grateful when I went on a dairy fast for three months to see if it contributed to migraines. I learned that my body loves dairy, that the migraines were not associated with dairy, and that the soy products I was using to substitute were blocking nutrient absorption in my body and causing a great deal of digestive and gut discomfort. The body will tell. This was when everyone was touting soy as the miracle food. More recently I have embraced a sugar-free, grain-free, soy-free diet that has benefitted my overall health tremendously. NO migraines at all. No inflammation in my joints. No itchy skin or dandruff. The diet was to shrink tumors, and the side-effects were happy surprise gifts. It’s so easy to let those foods go when my body feels this good!

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