Today, more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of developing a healthy eating habit, and consequently, leading a healthier life. Americans, the ones leading healthy lifestyles, are slowly replacing eggs and meat with tofu. This is a result of the influence the soy industry has. They’re leading us to believe that processed soy is good for hearth health. This isn’t true. According to Dr. Daniel, in the West, the soybeans are separated into oil and protein. This is far from safe and healthy. The methods used for this contain high pressure, high temperature, alkali, petroleum solvents, acid baths, and carcinogenic and toxic residues. These fractioned products, isolate and hydrolyze plant protein, contain high amounts of phytates and trypsin. Isolate blocks mineral absorption, while phylates blocks proper digestion.
Having a soy diet can lead to many health issues, including:
- Soy allergies
- Reproductive disorders
- Premature puberty and other developmental problems in babies, children and adolescents
- Brain damage
- Thyroid problems, including weight gain, lethargy, malaise, fatigue, hair loss, and loss of libido
Babies and children in development are most susceptible to soy’s mimicking effects. According to a Lancet study, estrogen-imitating chemical levels in infants are 6-11 times higher than in adults who consume soy foods. The study also showed that blood concentration of these hormones was 13,000 to 22,000 times higher than estrogen in the bloodstream. This is equal to giving your infant up to 5 birth control pills a day. Mothers need to stop giving soy products to their children, while pregnant women should avoid them altogether.
According to the study, soy products are associated with the following health issues:
- Brain damage
- Breast cancer
- Heart disease
- Early puberty
Apart from health conscious people who think soy is a better alternative to meat, other groups of people that run the risk of experiencing negative effects from soy are:
- Infants fed soy based formulas
- Vegetarians eating a high soy diet
- Mid-life women going heavy on the soy foods believing that they would help them with the symptoms of menopause
Safe Ways to Consume Soy
Though most soy sauce varieties today are made through a chemical process, traditional soy sauce made from fermentation of soybeans, salt, and enzymes is good for you.
Miso is a fermented soybean paste with a butter and quite salty texture.
The best soy variety, natto is the best source of vitamin K2 on the planet. Apart from vitamin K, it contains the bacillus subtilis, a very potent and beneficial bacteria. Natto is made from fermented soybeans. It has a cheese-like flavor and sticky texture. Natto also contains nattokinase, a very potent blood thinner. You can find natto in any Asian grocery store.
Tempeh is a fermented soybean cake with a mushroom-like flavor and firm texture.
To sum up, you should focus on eating whole, fermented, and unprocessed foods instead of soy products, including soy ice cream, soy milk, soy energy bars, soy burgers, soy cheese, soy protein powders, and processed foods.