Soy Milk Dangers – Weight Gain & Health Risks

Many people think soy milk is healthy, especially when they are lactose intolerant. That’s because advertising promotes it as a healthy alternative.

It isn’t.

Soy milk dangers exist because it’s an unnatural by-product your body can’t digest without processing. If you were to eat unprocessed soy, it would cause cramping, nausea, and can cause more serious health problems. Maybe you are experiencing these symptoms and never considered that it could be related to drinking soymilk.

The Industry claims that in countries where soy is a dietary staple, such as China and Indonesia, soy consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of certain chronic diseases. Societies that depend heavily on soy-based foods use traditional preparation methods thousands of years old that neutralize or eliminate these poisons. Tempeh, miso, natto, are fermented products and are safe. The fermentation process destroys the toxins. Tofu in Asia comes from the pressed “curds” of the soybean and the toxins are removed.

The soybean itself is inedible. Soybeans contain toxins meant to ward off insects that was initially used in Asia to protect the soil.

The soy milk dangers include:

  • anti-nutrients prevent your body from absorbing essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc that could lead to osteoporosis.
  • enzyme inhibitors, make it harder for your body to absorb protein. Both of these substances can give you abdominal pain, gas, nausea, cramps, and other gastrointestinal problems.
  • hemagglutinin, a substance that can promote blood clots.
  • goitrogens, which can cause gout and thyroid problems.

The industrial processes of making soymilk: washing the beans in alkaline or boiling them in a petroleum-based solvent; bleaching, deodorizing, and pumping them full of additives; heat-blasting and crushing them into flakes; and then mixing them with water to make “milk.” Does this sound healthy to you?

This adds more dangerous chemicals without removing any of soy’s natural toxins. This is NOT a “dietary staple” in China, Indonesia, or any other country. And because of the soymilk dangers it shouldn’t be here either. Unfortunately, over 60% of the foods on the grocery store shelves contain some form of soy, but you have to know what to look for because it’s not listed on the labels.

The soy formula and soy milk dangers have a negative impact on infants and children. Certain studies have shown that soy infant formula can cause zinc deficiency that is important to the development of the nervous system. The aluminum content is ten times greater than the amount found in milk-based formula and has a toxic effect on the kidneys.

Even if you were lactose intolerant, you are still better off with milk than soymilk because, believe-it-or-not, it’s easier to digest. A better substitute would be Goat, Rice or Almond Milk. For vegetarians and vegans, I recommend substituting soy protein with whole grain rice or whey protein instead.

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Dianne Gregg (94 Posts)

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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