Build Health: To Soy Or Not To Soy?

Have you noticed that everybody has been jumping on the soy bandwagon? The largest grower of soybeans, the Archer Daniels Midland Company, with a multi-million dollar advertising budget, would like us to believe that soy is safe.

They tell us Asians consume large amounts of soy foods. To thecontrary, average consumption of soy foods in Japan and China is but 10 grams, or 2 teaspoons per day. Asians consume soy foods in small amounts as a condiment, not as a replacement for nimal foods.

They tell us soy foods provide complete protein. Unfortunately, like all legumes, soy beans are deficient in methionine and cystine, sulfur-containing amino acids. Also, the way soy is processed denatures the enzyme lysine.

They tell us fermented soy foods can provide vitamin B12 in vegetarian diets. Unfortunately, the compound that resembles vitamin B12 in soy cannot be used by the human body. In fact, soy foods cause the body to require more vitamin B12.

They tell us soy foods can prevent osteoporosis. But soy foods can cause deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D, both needed for healthy bones. A bundle of minerals including magnesium, plus calcium from bone broths and vitamin D from seafoods, lard and organ meats, prevent osteoporosis in Asian countries, not soy foods.

They tell us modern soy foods protect against many types of cancer. But a British government report concluded there is little evidence soy foods protect against breast cancer or any other forms of cancer. In fact, soy foods may result in an increased risk of cancer.

They tell us soy foods protect against heart disease. Now it is true the consumption of soy foods will lower cholesterol in some people, but there is no evidence that lowering cholesterol decreases one’s risk of having heart disease.

They tell us soy estrogens, commonly known as isoflavones, are good for us. But soy isoflavones are phytoendocrine disrupters. At dietary levels they can prevent ovulation and stimulate the growth of cancer cells.

Eating as little as 30 grams or 4 tablespoons of soy a day can result in hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, constipation, weight gain and fatigue.

They tell us soy foods are safe and beneficial for women to use in their postmenopausal years. This is surprising as soy foods can stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent tumors and cause thyroid problems. Low thyroid function is associated with difficulties in menopause.

They tell us phytoestrogens in soy foods can enhance mental ability. Then, why is it a recent study found that women with the highest levels of estrogen in their blood had the lowest levels of cognitive function?

In Japanese Americans tofu consumption in mid-life is associated with the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease in later life.

Think you’ve heard it all? Here is the topper: Infant formula has now been made with soy! Wonderful.

We now have babies fed soy-based formula with 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen compounds in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula. It turns out infants exclusively fed soy formula receive the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day. What an exquisite way to feminize a little boy!

Think about what awaits all those poor folks who have been fooled by the myth that soy is good for them.