In an attempt to improve their health, numerous people have switched over from dairy milk to soy milk. Unlike cow milk, soy milk has no lactose, so individuals who avoid dairy (like vegans) or those who suffer from lactose intolerance, soy milk seems like a good choice.
Fortified soy milk is high in calcium, protein, B vitamins and iron, and low in saturated fats and cholesterol. However, apparently, scientists have found that the consumption of soy milk can seriously endanger health.
Its effects have been a topic of controversy for many years, but there is a significant amount of evidence that indicates that soy milk severely endangers the body.
The ingredients in soy milk are: Soymilk (Filtered Water, Whole Soybeans), Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Cane Sugar, Vitamin A Palmitate, Natural Flavor, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12, Calcium Carbonate.
The majority of the ingredients surely sound familiar, but you probably haven’t heard of carrageenan. It is a member of the family of linear sulfated polysaccharides which are extracted from red edible seaweeds.
They are commonly used in the food industry due to their stabilizing, gelling, and thickening properties. Not only is the body not able to digest carrageenan, it has no nutritional value whatsoever. Even though it’s derived from a natural source, it’s destructive to the immune system.
Studies have found a link between carrageenan and the increased colon cancer rate, as well as gastrointestinal inflammation which can lead to chronic diarrhea, IBS, spastic colon, and inflammatory bowel disease.
While the type of food you decide to put into your body is a personal choice, being informed is the best way to make a decision that benefits your health.
Here are 10 reasons why you should avoid soy milk:
1. Soy contains plant estrogens known as phytoestrogens, which disrupt the function of the endocrine system and can cause infertility and breast cancer in women.
2. Around 99% of soy is GMO, meaning that it has one of the highest pesticide contamination levels.
3. The process of production of soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein exposes the fragile soy proteins to high temperatures, which makes them harmful for human digestion.
4. Soy foods are rich in aluminum, which is toxic to the body, and negatively affects the kidney and the nervous system. Moreover, aluminum has been associated with Alzheimer’s.
5. Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, which is a clot-promoting substance which forced red blood cells to clump together.
6. Soy also has toxic isoflavones – genistein and daidzein, which trigger the growth of existing breast cancer.
7. The spray-drying process leads to the formation of nitrates, which are powerful carcinogens.
8. Soybeans are rich in natural toxins that affect estrogen levels. The consumption of just two glasses of soy milk daily dramatically changes the hormones in a woman’s body and can lead to disruptions of the menstrual cycle.
9. Soybeans and soy products are rich in phytic acid, which inhibits the assimilation of iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and copper.
10. Soy foods are also rich in goitrogens which inhibit the thyroid hormone production.