8 Things You Need To Know About Soy

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

the media.

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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After developing a severe allergy to soy that nearly killed her, Dianne Gregg learned the truth behind this supposed health food. “The Hidden Dangers of Soy” is the culmination of her efforts to educate others on the issue in hopes more will avoid soy’s underreported—yet widely researched—negative health impacts.

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