SOY – NOT As Healthy as You Think!
Even though much evidence points the other direction, during the last decade, the prevalence of soy as a health food has proliferated many forms of advertising media. You’re probably asking yourself WHY. Simply because soy crops are cheap and easy, and soy is now a multi-billion dollar, high profit industry!
Shocked? You’re not alone! While many of us thought we were doing something good for ourselves and our families by switching to soy milk and consuming more soy in our day to day meals, we were totally unaware of all the negative aspects.
Did you know that drinking just 5-8 ounces of soymilk a day has been shown to suppress thyroid function? According to a recent article by Joseph Mercola, MD (www.mercola.com) consumption of unfermented soy can also lead to increased risk of breast cancer due to the plant based estrogen compounds, cognitive decline, kidney stones due to the oxalate (compound that binds with calcium and forms stones), impaired immune function, impaired fertility, infant health problems and serious, potentially fatal allergic reactions.
John Hopkins Health Alerts states that non-fermented soy milk prevents the absorption of vitamins and minerals and can contribute to deficiencies. The phyto-estrogens can trigger early puberty in children, and the phyto-chemicals isoflavones have been linked to leukemia. A 2008 study indicated that men whose diet was high in soy products had a lower sperm count.
In addition to all the negative health consequences of soy, the soy industry adds more insult to injury by the fact that over 90% of all soybeans cultivated in the U.S. are genetically modified. This means they have high levels of systemic pesticides from the exposure to Round Up.