SOY: GOOD VS EVIL
THIS SO CALLED "SUPER FOOD" CAN ACTUALLY BE TOXIC ACCORDING TO DR. STEVEN GUNDRY. Dr. Gundry is one of my most trusted resources for nutrition, supplementation and healthy weight loss info.
By now, it’s well known in the natural health community that almost all soy is genetically modified, but what is not so well known is that instead of contributing to nutrition, soybeans and most of the products made from them may actually rob the body of nutrients, destroy thyroid function, and cause developmental problems in infants and children.
NEGATIVE SOY EFFECTS
LOW SEX DRIVE
Whether you call it soybeans or edamame, the bottom line is the same: soy should not be eaten by anyone pursuing good health unless you are certain to eat fermented soy products.
SOY PRODUCTS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOU
Choose fermented soy products such as:
1. TEMPEH - fermented soybean cake that is firm and has a nutty, mushroom-like flavor
2. MISO - fermented soybean paste that is quite salty and commonly used in miso soup
3. NATTO - sticky fermented soybeans with a strong, cheesy flavor
4. SOY SAUCE - fermented soybeans, salt & enzymes
Soy Products To Avoid
Tofu - TVP (texturized vegetable protein)
Soy Protein Isolate
Soy Ice Cream
Soy Infant Formula
** Avoid ALL processed foods.
** Many packaged food products contain soy.
REASONS TO ELIMINATE UNFERMENTED SOY
1. Genetic Modification (GMOs)
Did you know that up to 91% of soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified (GM)? The soybeans are specially selected so that they will resist the toxic herbicide Roundup. This means that the soybeans themselves are loaded with this toxic pesticide. In addition, genes from bacteria that produce a protein foreign to the human food supply are also inserted into the genes of the soybean plant, making this food item an un-natural food supply.
2. Contains Toxins: “anti-nutrients”; hemagglutinin; goitrogens; phytates
Anti-nutritional factors like saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, protease inhibitors, oxalates, goitrogens and estrogens all interfere with our protein-digesting enzymes and result in poor digestion and thus poor health. Soybeans also contain hemagglutinins which act as clot-inducing substances (causes red blood cells to stick together). This makes our red blood cells unable to absorb oxygen and distribute it throughout the body. Goitrogens are a category of foods that promote formation of goiter (enlarged thyroid) – and soy foods fall in that category. They block thyroid hormone synthesis and obstruct iodine metabolism. The soybean has one of the highest phytate levels of any grain or legume. Phytates prevent the absorption of minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc by binding to the metal ions and preventing them from entering the cells of your body. As many vegans consume soybean products, and depend on them for absorption of these exact minerals, they may be doing just the opposite.
3. Contains Isoflavones
Soy contains the isoflavones genistein (as seen previously) and daidzein. Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen which resemble the human compound called estrogen. Phytoestrogens have been found to block the hormone estrogen and can have serious effects on human tissues such as disrupting endocrine function, causing infertility, and promoting breast cancer in women.
4. Toxic Levels of Aluminum & Manganese
Aluminum tanks are used to process and acid-wash soybeans before consumption. Aluminum particles from the tanks are directly absorbed into the soybean, and result in high aluminum concentrations in the bean. Soy infant formula also contains manganese levels 80 times higher than that found in human breast milk (15, 16). 5. Soy Infant Formula Concerns - The isoflavones in soy infant formula is of great concern to new and expecting parents who choose to bottle-feed instead of breast-feed. Nearly 20% of U.S. infants are bottle-fed soy formula. As seen throughout this article, it is clear that the isoflavones in soy formula can negatively impact your child’s health (impairing sexual development and reproductive health)....
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