I have been a vegetarian for over 30 years and for many of those years my main staple was soy. When soy products went mainstream and soy milk, veggie ground round and veggie dogs were readily available, my consumption of soy increased. Three years ago a holistic nutritionist friend of mine was over for a BBQ and she noticed that I was going to have an organic veggie dog. We got talking and she informed me of some of the great dangers inherent in soy. At that time I was eating only organic soy products, so I thought I was safe. If you didn’t know, soy is one of the largest GMO crops and you definitely want to stay away from GMO foods. She told me that if I were to be eating soy I should be eating organic fermented soy such as tempeh, natto, miso etc… I am always open to improving my health and I started to further educate myself on the dangers of soy, what I found was astounding. Sadly, it seems that the general public is under the same impression that I was, that if it is organic it is okay. Personal trainers are selling their clients soy based shakes and encouraging them to drink one or two a day. They even have full blown health competitions based on the consumption of these shakes. People are opting out of eating meat and opting into eating more plant based foods and soy falls into that category. Just because it is organic it doesn’t mean it is healthy. If you are skeptical, review the evidence. Here are a few things about soy that may make you think twice.
Soy will destroy your thyroid. Many foods are goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing), but soy is king of them all. Goitrogens work by preventing your thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine. If your thyroid fails, what happens? You gain weight. You have a harder time regulating your moods. You get cold more easily. You’re more easily fatigued. You demonstrate an inability to concentrate and remember details. The list goes on.
Phytates are enzyme-inhibitors that block mineral absorption in the human digestive tract. Soy is so high in phytates that it’s almost impossible to get rid of them. Soy must be fermented in order to be digestible to humans. That means that if you eat soy at all, you should stick to fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, natto, or a naturally fermented soy sauce (tamari).
Finally soy is rich in trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme we need to properly digest protein. Without enough trypsin, you’ll experience many digestive problems including stomach cramps, diarrhea, and bleeding. You’ll also be leaving yourself open to future problems with your pancreas.
Dr. Mercola has a really good video on the dangers of soy. Take 11 minutes to watch it. You can find the link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uIn2L90wA8
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