1. Soy feed is the major ingredient in modern animal feed.
Along with corn, fat-free (defatted) soybean meal is a significant and
inexpensive source of protein for animal feeds. Without soy, it would be
impossible to raise farm animals (such as chicken, hog, turkey) on a large
industrial scale. Did you know that the US produced over 90 million tons of soy
in 2011, making it the largest soy producer in the world? That is why I have to
buy organic chicken, grass-fed beef, etc.
2. It’s estrogen-like.
Soy’s role as a natural hormone replacement was touted for many years because
soy contains isoflavones, which are similar to estrogen. While isoflavones may
act like estrogen, they can block the more potent natural estrogens from binding
to the estrogen receptor. So, it’s much ore complex than is usually presented in
3. It may enhance the growth of tumors in breast cancer patients.
Some articles supported the idea that soy contributes to breast cancer, but most
of them studied soy consumption at extremely high levels. But, the Gerson
Institute has soy on their forbidden list for their patients.
4. Soy may affect your thyroid especially if you are already hypothyroid.
Afterdiagnosing I had a severe allergy to soy, I did develop hypothyroidism.
Because soy is a goitrogen (meaning that it promotes the growth of a goiter), it
can slow thyroid function, and sometimes, trigger thyroid disease if taken in
large quantities. Before my allergy, I didn’t realize I was consuming so much soy
without knowing it. Also, children who drink soy formula tend to develop
problems with their thyroid, but it also contributes to premature puberty.
5. Most soy is GMO.
In fact, 93% of all soy in the US is genetically modified. Also, in the US, there are
no rules to separate GMO soy from non GMO fields of soy.
6. It is often highly processed.
Like wheat, part of the problem with soy is that it often presents itself in the
processed form of snacks, cakes, and meat alternatives. But I believe it goes even
further because many items don’t list soy, it’s found in other ingredients and you
have to know what to look for.
7. Soybean oil is processed with Hexane.
Most of the soy crop in the U.S. is used to produce soybean oil, and uses hexane
(a chemical solvent) in its initial stages of extraction. Doesn’t this sound
8. Soy has been eaten in Asian countries for thousands of years.
The difference here is that it has a very long fermenting process to remove all the
toxins. But in America, many soy supplements and powders can have as much as
50 grams of soy protein in one serving. Now, add the food consumption and it’s
off the charts!
The final verdict?
I’ll let you decide … but if I were you, I’d avoid consuming processed soy.
I know that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, but I wanted to
present the facts as I see them so you can make an informed decision.
What’s your stance on soy?
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