Why Avoid Soy??

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I hate to rain on anyone’s parade when it comes to dietary changes they are proud of, but I feel compelled to debunk the myth that soy is a healthy choice.  If you are consuming processed soy products including SOY MILK and you think you are doing yourself a favor, please review the major problems with consuming soy and so you can make an educated decision…



  1. Soybeans contain large quantities of natural toxins or “antinutrients”. First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion.
  2. These inhibitors are not deactivated during cooking & processing.  Test animals fed these inhibitors developed enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer.
  3. Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together.
  4. 99% of soy is genetically modified and it among the highest contamination by pesticides of any of our foods.
  5. Soybeans are high in phytic acid, a substance that blocks the uptake of the essential minerals calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc, in the intestinal tract.
  6. Soy products contain high levels of aluminum, leached from the aluminum tanks in which they are acid washed and processed at high temperatures.
  7. Nitrites, which are potent carcinogens, are formed during the spray-drying of soy.
  8. Soy Protein Isolates, which are shown to enlarge the pancreas and thyroid and increase fatty acid deposits in the liver.
  9. Soy contains toxic isoflavones.
  10. Soy foods have a high concentration of goitrogens which block production of thyroid hormones.

For a full comprehensive piece on the dangers of soy check out this article by Sally Fallon & Mary G. Enig ph.D.

Soy’s beneficial properties are only available when a specific mold is grown on the beans in a process called fermentation.  Fermentation not only makes nutrients bio-available, it also destroys the toxins present in the beans.  Fermented soy products include tempeh, miso, and natto.

The enzyme inhibitors concentrate in the soaking liquid rather than in the curd. Thus, in tofu growth depressants are reduced in quantity but not completely eliminated.’

Fresh almond milk.  Here is a video that shows you exactly how to make almond milk at home.  It’s easy, economical and a better environmental choice that the boxed varieties.  If you do choose a boxed almond milk, the Pacific Natural Foods brand is better tasting (in my opinion) than the Almond Breeze varieties.  Here is another video comparing fresh to boxed almond milk. It is worth the time & effort once you taste the difference.

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  • Jeremy Fox

    Granted that some products (i.e., diary) do not cause the health problems that we see in America. I’m not familiar with the conspiracy theory developed here except to say that the soy industry is HUGE and becoming bigger WORLD WIDE! A huge INTERNATIONAL convention was held in Australia about how to maximize soy production (i.e., to feed and use more soy byproducts) by using GMO soy beans world wide (check out the news). As a person who USED TO SUFFER from psoriasis (which is an inmune system illness), heartburn and asthma before I eliminated (as much soy as possible) from my diet, I can attest to the health benefits of eliminating it from one’s diet.
    FYI: I’ve never been overweight nor smoker

  • Jeremy Fox

    I’m not familiar with Mercola nor their supplements. I’m not sure if “Organic Soy milk” is produced with non=GMO beans(ie.,”organic” labels do not always mean non-GMO for some products- check out official FDA websites and guidelines) But, I invite you to do the research yourself (unless you’re afraid of finding the truth about GMO’s and soy production and the millions of dollars spent on its commercial use. Soy has been linked to breast cancer since the 1990’s, as the body interprets it as a estrogen. (check out UC systems’ (or any accredited university’s websites in actual scientific journals :-)

  • thejoeyist.

    Almond milk may good for humans but it’s destroying the earth. It takes 2 gallons of water a day for each plant. California (where almonds are grown and the milk is made) is sucking the land dry to sustain their almond farms. The healthiest alternative to soy and almond milk would be hemp milk.

  • thejoeyist.

    Cows would die if they were fed soy… Their stomachs can barely process grains let alone soy. (Which is why cows who are fed lots of grain for fattening also have to be treated with antibiotics for the stomach infections that come from it) Cows eat grass and water, that’s it.

  • thejoeyist.

    Quinoa comes from a remote part of the world where the villagers have relied on it for centuries as a staple. Because of the mass influx of popularity in the 1st world it has now been made scarce and the villagers who once relied on it, cannot afford it. It is causing a plague of problems for these indeginous tribes. Please consider finding another source for protein other then quinoa.

  • thejoeyist.

    I have two vegetarian friends under the age of 40 currently being treated for cancer. Tell that to them. And no I do not work for anyone.

  • tim simms

    There are many reasons people get cancer, vegetarians included.

  • Tejal

    Hi I am indian and I like japan especially japanese people n their skin and body I heard that they eat soy send tofu but then why don’t they cause harm as I am an indian we eat a lot of oily food this makes to get fat so I thought it will good to consume a bit of japanese food item for every night so will it be good?

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