Soy has been promoted as a health food for a long time. Vegetarians eat it as a source of protein. Asians have been eating lots of soy for millennia. Although soy seems to be healthy, here are reasons to avoid soy, including organic soy:
- Soy is higher in phytoestrogens than just about any other food source. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies. Independent research has clearly shown that consuming phytoestrogens is downright dangerous for the human body.
- Soy contains high levels of goitrogens. Goitrogens are compounds that inhibit the thyroid’s ability to utilize iodine correctly which could lead to hypothyroid problems.
- Soy contains hemagglutinin: a clot-promoting substance that causes your red blood cells to clump together making them unable to properly absorb and distribute oxygen to your tissues.
- High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.
- Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.
- MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is added to many soy foods.
- Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body’s requirement for B12.
- Soy foods increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D (something that most Americans are already lacking).
- Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
- 91% of all soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. Most processed foods contain soy or some form of soy.
The Asian population has been eating soy for a long time and have been considered to be very healthy. The reason is they properly ferment the soy. The fermentation process neutralizes the toxins in the soybean. Tempeh, miso, natto, and soy sauce have traditionally been fermented (although most soy sauce in the grocery store has not). Most soy Americans consume, however, is not fermented. This might explain why there is a high rate of infertility issues in the U.S.