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Is soy bad for you?

July 26, 2013 by Sayan


There’s a secret side of soy that most of us have never heard.

You see, we've all been brought up to believe soy is a “super healthy” food.

But what if that’s all a lie?

From a nutritional (and cultural) standpoint, research shows that soy is simply not as good as it seems (especially not in mass quantity).

Instead, it could be causing us large amounts of undue harm.

Today I'm going to dig deeper into a question that's only recently finding its way to the mainstream health media: "Is Soy Actually Bad For You?

Let’s start with the nutritional issues with soy:

  • Soy has too many phytoestrogens
    • Phytoestrogens are the leading cause of breast cancers, infertility, low libido, and more
  • Soy is a goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing) foods.
    • Goitrogenic foods are known to prevent the thyroid from getting enough iodine.
    • This can lead to weight gain, inability to regulate mood, and trouble with concentration and memory for starters
  • Soy is abundant in trypsin inhibitors.
    • This stops trypsin’s vital function of helping the body digest protein. This can lead to many digestive issues, including stomach cramps and diarrhea (as well as possible internal bleeding).
  • The hemagglutinin in soy causes red blood cells to clump together. The clumped cells are then unable to properly absorb oxygen, and distribute it to your tissues.
  • Over 80% percent of soy is genetically modified, and therefore loaded with pesticides that your body can NOT handle without sickness and internal health problems.
  • Soy has incredibly high levels of phytates.
    • Phytates block mineral absorption during digestion, and are found in grains, legumes and more.
    • We can generally avoid these via soaking overnight (with grains, legumes, etc.), but soy is so high in phytates that only fermentation can reduce phytate content (and even then, it is only a partial reduction in phytates)

How To Eat Soy “Correctly”

  • If you choose to eat soy, you MUST eat fermented soy products so your body actually has a fighting chance to properly absorb it.
    • Some fermented soy products are:
      • Miso
      • Tamari (naturally fermented soy sauce)
      • Natto (note: I had this once...and it is very unpleasant to say the least. If you can stomach it, you deserve a medal.)
      • Tempeh
    • Whole, unprocessed soybeans and edamame (in the shell) can be enjoyed every once in a while
      • Unless it’s a special occasion (or fancy restaurant for that matter), I honestly would pass because of the phytates, phytoestrogens and more.

If Soy Is Bad For You, Why Do Asian Cultures Eat It All The Time?

Soy proponents love to mention that traditional Asian diets consume lots of soy, and “look how healthy they are!"
  • The truth? Traditional Asian diets include just 2 teaspoons of soy a day, and it is highly fermented.
    • They would never think of consuming even 10 grams of soy protein, not to mention the 50+ that some ‘doctors’ promote
  • The soy found in non-fermented food such as Soy Milk, Soy Burgers, regular Soy Sauce, and the myriad of soy products out there is ALL PROCESSED JUNK. (made possible by highly subsidized, government backed soy production…thanks for nothing!)
  • Even Tofu, which is a whole soy food (and therefore a tiny bit better than isolated soy protein and soybean oils), is still highly processed and filled with all the anti-nutrients, GMO and other toxins mentioned above.
  • Eating fermented, whole soy products, in very limited quantities is your best option if you choose to eat soy.
What you can do now:

1) If you have any non-organic, non-fermented soy products in the house, throw them out!

2) If you really love soy, then head to your health food store and pick up the good kinds of soy. For example, I occasionally like soy sauce with some rice noodles, so I keep a bottle of organic tamari at home. It's fermented and tastes delicious!

Sayan Sarkar