Health ~ Nutrition ~ Dangers
I just found this delightful article that is so perfect that I'm going to
quote the whole article, with minor visual changes and ((my comments)).
Feel free to read and comment at the source:
Dangers of Soy
. Written by Kristen
at Food Renegade.
you convinced yet about the dangers of soy
aren’t. “Is soy bad for you? …Really?” I hear the
question so often I want to scream.
After decades of hearing marketing spin about how soy is a wonder food,
a protein-rich legume able to rescue us from our dependence on meat, I suppose
it’s understandable why so many people have yet to understand fully
the dangers of soy. Really, you’re not going to get the full story
unless you research it on your own. And why would you, when soy is “universally”
touted as a health food?
Well, it isn’t.
Dangers of Soy
Thankfully, more and more independent
(at westonaprice.org but the page can't be found) has
been done regarding the dangers of soy, and what it’s revealed should
Soy Danger #1: Phytoestrogens
- Phytoestrogens: mimic estrogen, mess with
- Goitrogenic: mess with your thyroid which
regulate your whole metabolism.
- Phytates: blocks mineral absorption
- Trypsin inhibitors: bad protein digestion,
Soy is higher in phytoestrogens than just about any other food source. Phytoestrogens
are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen
in our bodies.
In recent years, you may have read about studies which indicate phytoestrogens
are good for you. But ask yourself, who funded those studies? The soy industry,
that’s who. Independent research has clearly shown that consuming
phytoestrogens is downright dangerous
It’s only common sense. No one argues, for example, that a leading
cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids,
infertility, and low libido
is unopposed estrogen, or estrogen dominance.
Why, then, would anyone
argue that we should
consume more of a food high in estrogen?
An infant taking the recommended amount of soy formula is consuming a hormone
load equivalent of 4 birth control pills a day! Is it any wonder we’ve
seen such a dramatic rise in precocious puberty
with young girls starting their periods at 6 and 7?
((I'll add: excessively painful menstruation and men
Soy Danger #2: Goitrogenic
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.
Friends, I believe this is what happened to Oprah’s thyroid. She pushed
soy for years, featured it in everyone one of her “healthy”
diets, and it destroyed her thyroid.
If your thyroid fails, what happens?
- You gain weight.
- You have a harder time regulating your moods.
- You get colder more easily.
- You’re more easily fatigued.
- You demonstrate an inability to concentrate and
The list goes on. You simply don’t want to mess
with your thyroid.
Soy Danger #3: Phytates
Phytates are enzyme-inhibitors that block mineral absorption
in human digestive tract. They are naturally present in all grains, seeds,
nuts, and legumes (which is why everyone should read this primer on How
to eat grains
, if you eat them at all.)
But soy is so high in phytates that it’s almost impossible to get
rid of them. Simply soaking soy overnight in an acidic medium won’t
do the trick. 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).
Soy Danger #4: Trypsin
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
- stomach cramps
- and bleeding.
- You’ll also be leaving yourself open to future problems with
Debunking the Asian soy myth
people say, what about Asians? They eat soy every day, and they’re
In the article The
Billion-Dollar Myth: How did soy get its reputation as a cure-all for modern
ailments? Follow the money...
(at propertyrightsresearch) Nina
"Soy farming started around 1100 BC in China, where it was used to
build soil fertility and feed animals. Soy beans were
not considered fit for humans until the Chinese learned to ferment
, which makes them digestible. Asian diets now include fermented
soy beans in the form of natto, miso, tamari, and tempeh.
Soy producers want you to eat more soy; more
than the Asians eat, and more than is good for
The Japanese and Chinese eat 10 grams of soy per day; it's about two teaspoons.
Yet a soy manufacturer recommends Americans eat ten times what the Japanese
eat: 100 grams of soy protein per day. In The Soy Zone, Barry Sears recommends
a daily diet of a minimum of 50 grams of soy, and up to 75 grams for women
and 100 grams for men.
It's like red wine: a glass or two a day may be good for you; a bottle or
two every day rots your liver."
Did you catch that? Asians only eat 2 teaspoons
of soy a day, usually as a condiment, and it’s
Fermentation takes care of many of the dangers
of soy. Plus, the typical Asian will also consume soy with
mineral-rich and nutrient-dense foods
such as fish broth (naturally
high in iodine & other minerals which support the thyroid).
((The image is from kikkoman.co.uk/soy-sauce
"Kikkoman's naturally brewed soy sauce contains just four ingredients:
soybeans, wheat, salt and water. It's completely natural with no artificial
additives. Its rich, mellow flavour comes from long months
of unhurried natural brewing
. Use it to bring an authentic taste
to your stir fries. And remember it makes a superb store cupboard seasoning
for everything from sushi to shepherd's pie."
They even have a gluten free version without wheat and no preservatives.
I use the one on the left. I completely approve of using it on special occasions,
not drinking a glass of it everyday...))
So, is soy bad for you?
short answer? YES!
Let’s be clear on the
recent history of soy. The soybean was a modest and unpopular crop until
food manufacturers intent on creating cheap vegetable oils convinced the
U.S. government to start subsidizing it. The soy was turned into oil, and
the industry was left with an industrial waste product. Then somebody had
a brilliant idea:
Let’s take this industrial waste product full
of toxins and carcinogens
, isolated soy protein
and turn it into food that people will eat!
Soy "foods" were born.
image from watergettingpolluted. Do you want to drink industrial
"milk"? Soy milk is an abomination too!))
Soy protein & soy milk dangers
From Nina Planck’s article again:
"The FDA refused to approve isolated soy protein
as a safe food additive
with the designation “Generally Recognized
Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland withdrew its application for the
coveted GRAS status for soy protein, after an outcry
from scientists about the toxins and carcinogens that come with isolated
They can still put soy protein in your food
, but they have to get
pre-market approval for every product.
Isolated soy protein is no health food
. But we
don’t eat soy protein with a spoon. How do we eat it? It is the main
ingredient in soy burgers, ice cream, milk shakes, and fake cheese. These
soy protein products are phony foods
, but they
must look like the real foods they imitate
the soy industry transforms a small yellow soy bean into something resembling
a hamburger. They make soy “milk” and “ice cream”
white and creamy.
The other ingredients in these foods are no better for
than the soy protein that goes into them:
Soy milk, for example, is simply a cocktail of soy protein, sugar, and vegetable
The “natural” MSG formed in soy processing is already
bad for you, but even more MSG, and more flavorings, are added.
Imitation foods need a lot of help to be tasty. Many savory soy foods are
loaded with additives
to give them the flavor
of the real foods they mimic.
Most imitation meat, for example, contains man-made MSG, which causes
migraines and is associated with brain cancer.
Soy foods aren’t real food. They aren’t
traditional. They aren’t old.
They’re industrial waste products dressed up in
pretty clothes and marketed to an ignorant public.
((I took the image from findthebest: NOW
Soy protein isolate non-GMO unflavored
. When they also modify
it genetically, it's an even bigger disaster! Every brand, I picked this
one because I like the color and it reminded me of the GMO problem that
makes soy even worse, as if it wasn't bad enough without human intervention.
Soy protein isolates can't be a mal replacement, soy isn't even a meal.
It can't help you get more protein: soy's Trypsin inhibitors cause bad protein
digestion and therefore stops its absorption!))
Healthy alternatives to soy milk
you can’t do dairy and are looking for healthier alternatives than
soy milk, please see Healthy
milk substitutes with recipes
for a couple of excellent alternatives
you can make at home.
One alternative I particularly enjoy is coconut milk
It’s full of the best kinds of saturated fat, the medium chain triglycerides,
which help speed your metabolism. It’s also exquisitely flavorful
and perfect stirred into curries, soups, and sauces.
Sadly, almost all coconut milk available at your grocery store comes in
BPA-lined cans. To my knowledge, only Native Forest and Aroy-D brands are
BPA-free, and not all stores carry them. You can find guar
gum-free coconut milk sold in BPA-free packaging
online at Amazon.
((Forget brands. Buy a fresh coconut, the flesh is delicious! If you want
to spare yourself the struggle: buy coconut oil, which is solid, and drink
water. If you want calcium, eat and/or juice vegetables like cows do, or
go nuts. Eat the simplest way and your health won't get complicated. You
don't need to drink milk, and if you eat well, you'll be able to make your
own for your baby. You want calcium? Eat greens like cows are supposed to,
and you too! Magnificent image from Get
at stivii. I tried it, it's delicious!))
Soymilk and non-fermented tofu are NOT healthy
Reader comments below (see the original article Dangers
) prompted me to include a couple of additions to this
What about (non-fermented) tofu or homemade soy
? Their consumption is quite widespread in Asian cultures, and
they’re non-fermented soy foods. Are they okay?
Tofu originated around the 2nd century BC in China, and it was made from
fermented bean curd. That is how it was traditionally made before the days
of refrigeration. Most modern tofu isn’t fermented
. You can still buy varieties of fermented tofu (aka “Stinky
Tofu” or “Pickled Tofu”) in some Asian markets, though.
Also, according to the most comprehensive online account of soymilk
history, its use was rare before the 20th century
and widespread usage was highly unlikely.
In other words, soymilk is not a traditional food. Nor
is non-fermented tofu.
They’re the Asian equivalents of margarine, hot bath canning, “vegetable
oil,” or soda pop. They're something relatively new on the food scene
which became very widespread with the industrialization of the food supply.
And like these industrialized food products, they
are bad for your health
((Image from China
celebrates upcoming Lantern Festival
at showchina. Admire their
many magnificent pictures. Imagine them saying: "Ferment soy! The dragons
have spoken!" or "Ferment soy, dumb Americans!"))
Still not convinced of the dangers of soy? Read
If the sources cited below and a blog post alone aren’t going to convince
you, then perhaps you’d like to read an entire book on the subject
written by Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel:
whole Soy story: The dark side of America's favorite health food
((at amazon, or a search with eBay
In her groundbreaking book
on the subject, Dr.
Kaayla T. Daniel uncovers the truth about soy that the government and the
soy industry has tried to suppress:
She’ll wow you with research, entertain you with her witty writing
style, and have you believing that soy is simply not as safe as we’ve
been led to believe.
Similar stories you may enjoy:
((Also by by Kristen
at Food Renegade.))
((Inmates filed a lawsuit against the state protesting their high soy diet,
which they contend has been systematically destroying their health, including:
- chronic constipation alternating with diarrhea
- sharp pains
- passing out
- heart palpitations
- panic attacks
If it's not even good enough for prisoners, why would you give that to your
baby? Nothing says brain damage like seizures... except maybe sudden death.
And that happens too... mysteriously~))
((All from the The Weston A. Price Foundation at westonaprice, but the pages
can't be found anymore))
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The food industry tries to fool you with many
other unhealthy things
Thank you, Kristen
Michaelis, for this great article. I'm not paid to say it;
I even pay myself to put it online. I only support what my body approves.
She compares unfermented tofu and soy milk to junk food with reason! It
tastes like drinking margarine, which is also bad, who in their right
mind would think that it's healthy!? It has to be fortified because it
doesn't have the nutrition of the milk it tries to replace! So you might
as well drink water and supplements; or even better: eat
vegetables like the cows already!!!
About margarine, it's believed that vegetables oil is healthier than animal
fat like butter. But it's not if you put toxic synthetic ingredients to
make it thick and yellow like butter!!! That's what hydrolyzed means...
to chemically thickens something that is not. (Hydrolysis: “a chemical
reaction in which a compound reacts with water to produce other compounds”
it’s even worse, it means mutated denatured monster…)
Your brain is made of fat, if a chemical can thicken the oil you eat,
it will thickens where it goes: your brain! Those hypocrite oils masquerading
as something else don't have the same nutrition, like the vitamin A in
butter. Cholesterol is actually vital to produce your hormones.
Coconut oil is naturally hard, you can't spread it on toasts but grains
are also worthless anyway, corn is one of them.
I also compare unfermented soy to the corn disaster: it used to be treated
with lye to bring out its nutrition, because otherwise it's worthless
at wikipedia: "in addition to providing a source of dietary calcium,
the lime reacts with the corn so that the nutrient niacin can be assimilated
by the digestive tract"
Also from Wisdom
from the Past: Nixtamalization of Corn at thenourishinggourmet
"Corn was introduced in Africa without nixtamalization. Because it
became a staple food for many, it caused many nutritional deficiencies.
When corn is nixtamalized, it released the vital nutrient B3. This prevents
the painful disorder, pellagra. Pellagra makes you develop sore skin and
mouths, makes you thin, listless and could cause depression, hallucinations,
irritability, and other mental disorders. In reality, Pellagra can and
has ruined many lives."
It still does, now society is simply blind to the causes and tries to
cover up the symptoms with even more dangerous drugs than the problem
itself. The first American colonials also got sick and were rescued by
the natives… and the mistake is happening all over again! They skip
this important step to maximize profits of course; they don’t care
if they feed you the nutritional equivalent of Styrofoam. Forget brands.
Make your own food without worthless fillers like wheat, soy and corn.
Being sick is a bigger waste of time and money... and lives.
Something similar is happening with soy. By the way it's also toxic...
it's a poisonous plant. The FDA only approved it to be used in the cardboard
box! Never in the food!!! When the corrupt FDA refuses to approve something,
it can be really bad news. I guess the soy industry didn't give them enough
Soy is like the canola oil; the plant it's made of is called RAPE seed.
It should be called rape oil. But it would have been too hard to convince
you of that it's healthy to put it in your mouth. It isn't!
They wanted a substitute for the healthy olive oil that they had to import,
it's healthier for their local industry, but awful for your health. Processed
oils are as bad as motor oils and they're rancid!
It’s like RAW maple syrup and honey… If you take high fructose
corn syrup, add a drop of the real thing and load it with artificial flavors…
it won’t have the same health properties!!! The food industry really
takes us for fools and use worthless filler everywhere. Soy is one of
The food industry tried to force feed you a lot of poisons disguised as
healthy, it’s bad when it’s synthetic, but it can be when
it’s natural too, especially if it' refined until it looses it's
benefits and concentrate its poisons. Something healthy for their industry
doesn’t mean healthy for you! But they sure try hard to make you
They did it before, and they will do it again. Don't mindlessly follow
health fads, not from an ad. If you want health, going green is usually
a good choice… but soy is a toxic exception.
The Asian way
Asians had the genius to ferment soy sauce to solve problems. But using
chemicals, to obtain the same texture faster, won’t have the same
benefits and their toxicity even worsens the problem!
They don't use tofu as a meat or protein substitute, they eat meat WITH
it! Asians use meat to flavor dishes, not as main food, and they sure
don't eat soy as a majority ingredient either! But the cheap processed
food does with soy, wheat and corn. All worthless on their own and without
being properly prepared.
If you eat too much meat, don't replace it for fake meat... eat more vegetables!
(Soybean is probably more of a bean than a vegetable.) Eat a variety of
vegetables; don't limit yourself to only one worthless crop, transformed
chemically to imitate anything with artificial flavors and colors! It's
rubbish! That’s not an ancestral healthy meal, not just because
there’s a similar ingredient, somewhere in all that toxic industrial
Soy is bad for the thyroid, but sushi uses nori, a sheet of sea weed full
of iodine that the thyroid needs; so the whole meal ends up being healthy
even with soy sauce, which probably won't harm the thyroid if it's fermented.
But even so, are Asians truly the proof that soy is ok? Soy mimics estrogen,
the female hormone. Could it be the reason why Asians males are believed
to have the smallest penis size? (I prefer big brains.) Most Asian women
aren’t very voluptuous either (but they're magnificent anyway).
Soy acts just like steroids: they stop the natural hormone production,
as seen in the bodybuilders who abuse them and anyone who get a prescription.
But maybe it’s a good thing if it ends up making people less sexually
hyperactive; perhaps that’s what allowed Asians to polish their
brains so much; using it on technologies and art, instead to be obsessed
with porn. And if it makes people less apt to reproduce, it's good, the
world is overpopulated anyway.
It would be wonderful if the modern American way of making soy products
didn’t make people sick. But it does. You can't
improve something that's perfect; you can only make it worse. Industries
are "good" at doing that with nature.
soy at cornucopia:
"Hexane is a byproduct of gasoline refining.
It is a neurotoxin and a hazardous air pollutant. Soybean processors use
it as a solvent; a cheap and efficient way of extracting oil from soybeans,
a necessary step to making most conventional soy oil and protein ingredients.
Whole soybeans are literally bathed in hexane to separate the soybeans’
oil from protein."
A neurotoxin is a brain destroyer. You're basically drinking/eating
your car's gas and setting your brain in fire. Unless you want to die
with painful sparkles, I wouldn't recommend it. I guess that' how people
end up believing that soy is healthy: it destroys their ability to think
Hexane is banned in organics products.
Solvent: "having the power of dissolving". Like nail polish
remover, do you want to drink that?
Hmmm~ Petrol. Can't get enough of it? Drink it. But they even put soy
Healthy food + poison = poison. And
soy isn't even healthy.
And that's what I managed to find out. Imagine what you don't know yet~
I wouldn’t even be surprised if the soy industry's CEOs rubbed the
soybeans all over their crotch, before making you eat them, thinking about
how rich they’ll get as you get malnourished and sick. Think about
that next time you see the ingredient.
The food industries don't care about your health and they sleep well at
night, on that big pile of money. They’d put their own beans in
your mouth if they could and make you thank them for it. That's what capitalism
is about: it’s not just about what you have, but also what others
don't… after you took it from them.
That's the American dream: being on top while others are crushed under
you. Yup, sounds good... except that the probabilities that you’ll
be above is so little that it’s as insignificant as you. It also
means that people ARE out to get you, especially
if you are on top actually, and you better watch out,
especially if you’re under and not one of their rich friends. That’s
individualism: you're on your own, you against the world… so you
might as well make your own meals.
You think having someone spit in your meal at a restaurant is bad? Then
don't trust industrial companies, they LOVE to make people pay and eat
their own waste. That's how fluoride got into tap water, even though it's
toxic and actually destroys teeth.
There's also the fact that soy is one of the most common allergies, and
you can also be sensitive to it. The human body is just telling you that
he doesn’t want that junk, and you should listen.
Soy is basically in everything processed! Make your own balanced meals
from living ingredients; it's the best way to be well fed and healthy...
without some industry making a sick fool out of you. And not even then...
they spray death right on crops and splice their genes with viruses...
That's why the organic movement started; because enough is enough…
and soy is bad from the start.
Do you get it yet? Just because someone tells
you that something is healthy doesn't make it so! And if they make
a ton of cash if you believe them, you can be sure that they manipulated
it into a lie, even if it was good at first... skipping
vital steps by rapacious ignorance, to make even more profits at the expense
of your health.
You're nothing but cattle to the slaughter for the food industry.
Enjoy almost any other green~
Lisa Of Shades
23 July 2014