When I decided to leave dairy behind I started looking for a substitute and of course, when thinking of dairy substitutes soy is naturally the first thing that comes to mind. However, soy is not at all the best choice when it comes to a food.
Don't get me wrong, the soy plant is one of the most amazing plants in the world. Why? Because it can be used to make almost anything and I mean that literally. Soy has been used to make everything from fuel to plastic and the greatest thing about it is that it is cheap. Soy could help make significant changes to the ongoing fuel crisis we are facing and not to mention create more jobs in the US. I'm just a health nut and not a politician so I'll stay away from all that and get back on track with why soy is not good for you part.
The first problem with soy is that it contains some of the highest amount of phytoestrogens out of just about any "food" you could eat. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies. Independent research has clearly shown that consuming phytoestrogens is dangerous for the human body. Research also shows that estrogen or estrogen dominance is the leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, and low libido.
Let's not forget infants and soy based formula. An infant taking the recommended amount of soy formula is consuming a hormone load equivalent of 4 birth control pills a day! Did you know that we are seeing a dramatic rise in early puberty amongst children,; as early as 6 and 7 years old. I believe that this a directly related to the hormone found in our foods. With all that in mind, think not only about the soy but the dairy meats and milk that contain hormones that you and your family may be eating.
Do you want to destroy your thyroid? Well, soy is a good way to do it. Soy is a goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing) food. Goitrogens work by preventing your thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine. There are many goitrogenic foods that we eat on a regular bases but soy is the "king" of all of them.
If you are having thyroid issues I recommend 5 things.
First, consult your doctor about trying any of the following:
Magnascent Magnetically Charged Iodine
Maca Root (more info on that in a previous blog "Regulate Hormone Production?")
As for the fifth thing, I would avoid the following foods because they are all considered goitrogenic foods:
Anything with Soy
Soy contains phytates, enzyme-inhibitors that block mineral absorption in human digestive tract. Soy is so high in phytates that it’s almost impossible for the body to get rid of them. This not only means that the phytates are blocking good minerals but your body doesn't really even digest soy. The only way to aid the body in digesting soy is by fermenting it first but that doesn't mean that the phytates are gone.
Most grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes naturally contain phytates but don't contain nearly as much as soy. If you consume a lot of grains then I recommend reading "how to eat grains" by FoodRenegade.com.
Lastly, soy is rich in trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme we need to properly digest protein. Without enough trypsin, you’ll experience many digestive problems including stomach cramps, diarrhea, and bleeding.
Well, since the beginning of this blog you have probably been asking, "well, what about the Asian's and all the soy that they eat?" Here is an excerpt from an article written by Nina Planck called "The Billion-Dollar Myth - How did soy get its reputation as a cure-all for modern ailments? Follow the money ..."
"Soy farming started around 1100 BC in China, where it was used to build soil fertility and feed animals. Soy beans were not considered fit for humans until the Chinese learned to ferment them, which makes them digestible. Asian diets now include fermented soy beans in the form of natto, miso, tamari, and tempeh.
Soy producers want you to eat more soy — more than the Asians eat, and more than is good for you. The Japanese and Chinese eat 10 grams of soy per day — about two teaspoons. Yet a soy manufacturer recommends Americans eat ten times what the Japanese eat — 100 grams of soy protein per day. In The Soy Zone, Barry Sears recommends a daily diet of a minimum of 50 grams of soy, and up to 75 grams for women and 100 grams for men.
It’s like red wine: a glass or two a day may be good for you; a bottle or two every day rots your liver."