Why Avoid Soy??

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PUT DOWN THAT SOY LATTE DOWN and READ THIS

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…

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TOP TEN REASONS TO AVOID SOY

  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.

THE SILVER LINING OF SOY
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.

BUT WHAT ABOUT TOFU??
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.’

WHAT IS A HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE TO SOY MILK?
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?

  • charkee

    Soy is an excellent livestock feed additive, if it causes livestock health problems then farmers would quickly abandon their use. Livestock nutritionists are far ahead of human nutritionists, and unhealthy animals are not profitable animals. However this does not indicate that it does not have long term adverse effects in the human diet. Perhaps soy products should be eaten sparingly as there are other sources of protein. It may have some affect on the brain as some have indicated, a kind of a dumbing down, but with livestock, intelligent animals are troublesome and are hard on fences and more difficult to manage.

  • Cheryl Theriault

    drink water……

  • Cheryl Theriault

    seriously???? Two litres a day? We don’t need milk, not of any kind. We’re not infants. Why this weird desire to drink milk your whole life. I just can’t understand it. You people feeling you need to replace cow milk with some other type of pretend milk. How about start your life on human milk, (being that you’re a human) and when you’ve weaned off of that drink water and a little wine maybe for celebrations. You’re not a calf, nor a kidd (baby goat), you’re not an almond or soybean sprout, (lol). Milk is for babues!!!

  • Cheryl Theriault

    I don’t know where you’re getting this info, I grew up in almond country, as a child the normal thing was to use flood irrigation and perhaps that’s where your stat comes from. There is no longer flood irrigation in Northern, Ca which is where the almonds are grown. There is such a shortage of water allocated to farmers that they have all switched to drip at tremendous cost to them while the water is being shipped to Southern, Ca via the California aqueduct and then used to keep those desert lawns green and swimming pools full, but that’s a different rant for a different day….

  • Cheryl Theriault

    I wonder if this low cholesterol diet was recommended because his cholesterol numbers were high? Studies are showing that the fastest way to lower cholesterol is to take sugar and carbs out of your diet, not meat. It’s the high blood insulin levels that are causing the problem and unfortunately a low cholesterol diet usually involves more sugar to make all of the “fake food” taste better,.

  • Joelyn Cada

    There is only one soy processing facility and its owned by monsanto. Which means monsanto is making money off of soy regardless of how its grown.

  • Joelyn Cada

    I got my info from the University of Californias Department of Land, Air, and Water/Hanson report.

  • Cheryl Theriault

    Here’s the problem with that report. Try as they might they don’t have enough good info to put together meaningful stats on ag water usage. Because of the rising cost of water farmers are spending a lot of monet putting in drip irrigation systems. I know from personal experience that no one is dumping two gallons a day on an almond tree. Here is a quote from Heather Cooley, Director of the Pacific Institutes water program.

    “One of the biggest immediate challenges, though, is obtaining accurate information about agricultural water use. “There are large uncertainties regarding agricultural water use due to a lack of consistent measurement and reporting, time lags in releasing information, and confusion about definitions,” the report states.

    As Cooley noted, the water-use numbers may not reflect switches to more efficient irrigation or other changes. “To truly understand the risks and opportunities for water use in California, more and better data are needed,” she wrote in the report.

  • Katnip

    You can be happy now that you feel well. But Soy unless fermented is going to destroy your immunity and disrupt your health. Not to mention all the extra cancer-boosts you will be getting from all that GMO Soy (over 90% of the worlds soy is GMO), and not to forget their toxic prep-of that seed. More shit will hit your health before you know it, if you do not stop. Don’t be a stupid consumer. Read up! Become a smart consumer. As a vegan you should have made that choice because you care for yourself and the planet. Right!? Care for your self and the world around you, by stopping to support those who want to own the world food supply. They are not thinking of our best or well being, just about keeping shareholders happy and getting bonuses.

    the list: TOP TEN REASONS TO AVOID SOY above, is biologically, and is not made up by the dairy industry as some of you suggest. The Japanese who are the original Soy consumers. Do not take soy unfermented. Soy sauce is fermented soy, tofu is fermented soy… learn from history and traditions!

  • Katnip

    the list: TOP TEN REASONS TO AVOID SOY above, is biologically and chemically studied. And is not made up by the dairy industry as you suggest. The Japanese who are the original Soy consumers. Do not take soy unfermented. Soy sauce is fermented soy, tofu is fermented soy… learn from history and traditions!
    You can be happy now that you feel well. But Soy unless fermented is going to destroy your immunity and disrupt your health.
    Don’t be a stupid consumer. Read up! Become a smart consumer. As a vegan you should have made that choice because you care for yourself and the planet. Right!? Care for your self and the world around you, by stopping to support those who want to own the world food supply. They are not thinking of our best or well being, just about keeping shareholders happy and getting bonuses.

  • Katnip

    I get so sad when people are forcing their uneducated “knowhow” upon the rest of us. Do you want your ignorance to be the reason for couples having a hard time getting pregnant or some kid getting cancer?! DO you really want to spread ignorance?! Be happy, thank God you are still healthy! Because Unfermented soy is going to break down your immunity and make you very sick finally! Just study more of what you put into that body! Get smart! Stop following Big Food industry BS.

  • Katnip

    Livestock do not live long enough for farmers to se or to care. They are often stuck tight in folds, for a very short life, where nobody sees them as individuals. No one recognises if one is behaving different… Soy It is cheap stuffing!
    Those who consume product from that livestock is in danger also.
    We are all in such deep shit with what Big Food has done in their trying to take over the world food supply. Please study people! read up! Get smart!

  • charkee

    Actually soy is not cheap stuffing. It is one of the most expensive components of livestock feed. That statement alone disqualifies your indirect claim to being smart. Corn, the various grain bran products are considerably cheaper. I suggest you get a Ph.D in the subject first before making yourself look silly to people that have worked decades in the industry. But I do agree vehemently about the food and grain cartels taking over the world. They are systematically destroying the family farm and turning the bankrupted farmers into serfs on their own foreclosed farms. I would suggest to look into the MONEY of where the anti-soy campaign is coming from, it can’t get this kind of momentum from the little guy. Just like the discovery that it was DuPont themselves creating the ozone hole scare because their patent on CFCs was running out. And lo and behold they just so happened to have a much more expensive replacement when they got CFC’s banned based upon faked science. Now why didn’t that make it into the “news”?

  • charkee

    Indeed, the Japanese have the longest life expectancy of all the people on earth. Thanks for your reminder.

  • Katnip

    it is cheap in the sense that the cost combined with time and hassle is expensive to famers too. It is a (lazy or) easy way to ensure feed. Hay, quality, moldy hay, a bad season, bad deliveries, not enough hay on the market, all that plays in. Just because it is the way its done now does´t make it right. Soy is not suitable food for anyone. maybe once in a blue moon, doesn’t hurt, but sure as hell not as normal fare.

  • Katnip

    And soon no almonds! Because the likes of Monsanto with their pesticides have killed so many bees that almonds will get scarce. Almonds are totally dependent on bees for pollination. No bees- no almonds! But if water runs out… well blame Nestle for going under. if you want… but farming is also at fault.

  • charkee

    Well, nothing like discussing farming with a know it all non-farmer. No successful farmer will feed his animals moldy hay, most successful farmers would rather eat the moldy hay themselves before feeding it to their animals. Lazy farmers are bankrupt farmers, that’s like a one handed 3 fingered concert pianist.

    Now how would you explain that Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world and soy products are an integral part of their diet? You can with bad and falsified science. You also failed to reply as to the why about who is funding the anti-soy movement. Its the meat industry themselves. The increasing numbers of vegetarians are now getting on their radar. Perhaps the almond industry is kicking in a bit too? Its the biggest industry in the biggest agricultural state in the world -California.

    I really don’t see any further need to discuss this topic with you, you have already made up your mind without “reading” good science and are picking and choosing what to believe. Judging from your other comments to other posters, it’s tinfoil hat time.

  • Katnip

    You have a one track mind. Why are you on a war path? Are you unhappy at home?! You are so full of anger you cant even read properly. I am not a non farmer! I am not saying anything about feeding poor animals mouldy hay! I am saying how much work there is in order to get good quality hay! So stop being silly, where in the world am I saying anything about Japanese and their life expectancy!?

    Stop being so square minded… or in fact, stay in your box. Eat your Soy! :-)

  • maria687

    Vegetarians still consume dairy, which contains casein, known to be a carcinogenic. So it is absolutely and completely unfair to compare vegetarians to vegans. God forbid 1 vegetarian gets cancer and everyoneeee remembers but no one remembers/judges the hundreds of thousands of meat eaters who get cancer every day. Vegetarians might not be perfect but it is common knowledge (and not arguable) that there risk of cancer is greatly lower then those of meat eaters, and vegans have an even lower risk then vegetarians. Stress is also a fundamental factor to look into when talking about cancer.

  • Frank Jaeger

    Quinoa is in the amaranth family. Amaranth variate’s are eaten around the world. Also known as pig weed. It is a crop weed. Leaves are like spinach, seeds eaten whole or ground into flour. Quinoa originated in the Andean region of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia, and was domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. Quinoa is commercially grown it also grows wild. The farmers are selling it instead of feeding it to their children. Its a can’t afford not to sell it thing. Not buying it would hurt them even more!

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