If you were to carefully review the thousands of studies published on soy, then you probably realized how bad soy is for you. And yet, most people still believe that soy products are healthy.
You have to realize that everything you think you know about soy is the result of effective smart mass marketing that made people believe that soy is a superfood. And unfortunately, you’ll find that almost every packaged product is soy based.
So, what’s so bad about soy?
Soybeans are high in phytic acid
High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce absorption of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. The soybean has one of the highest phytate levels of any grain or legume that has been studied.
Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting, and long or slow cooking. In order to be digestible to humans, soy must be fermented. That means that if you eat soy at all, you should stick to fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, and natto.
Soy contains goitrogens
Soy contains goitrogens which lead to depressed thyroid function. Goitrogens work by preventing your thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine. When it comes to thyroid health, iodine is essential in the formation of thyroid hormone. As a result, if iodine cannot be properly utilized by the thyroid gland, then the formation of thyroid hormone can’t happen.
If your thyroid fails, what happens? You gain weight, you have a harder time regulating your moods, you get colder more easily, you’re more easily fatigued, you demonstrate an inability to concentrate and remember details, the list goes on…
Soybeans contain trypsin inhibitors
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. You’ll also be leaving yourself open to future problems with your pancreas.
Soy is loaded with phytoestrogens
Did you know that phytoestrogens block the hormone estrogen and have distracting effects on human tissues? Estrogen is a steroid hormone that is often affected by the consumption of these specific isoflavones, which are also referred to as phytoestrogens. These phytoestrogens have been found to cause breast cancer.
In men, an improper balance of testosterone to estrogen can lead to a lower libido, fat accumulation around the waist and loss of energy, stamina and virility, and even man boobs (gynecomastia).
In women, abnormally high levels of estrogen don’t mean you’ll be more of a woman. It could disrupt your periods, fertility and put you at risk for breast cancer.
Did you know that soy can cause:
- Thyroid problems, including weight gain, lethargy, malaise, fatigue, hair loss, and loss of libido
- Brain damage
- Premature puberty and other developmental problems in babies, children, and adolescents
- Reproductive disorders
- Soy consumption increases the body’s requirement for vitamin B12
- Soy increases the body’s requirement for Vitamin D
Additionally, about 80 percent or more, is also genetically modified, which causes many other health issues.