Over the last few years, more and more people become aware of the impact that food has on the overall health as well as of the importance of developing healthy eating habits.
Experts came to conclusion that Americans, particularly those who consider themselves as health conscious, tend to replace eggs and meat with tofu. The reason for this replacement is the rapid expansion of the soy production. Namely, soy industry by commercials and propaganda makes people believe that processed soy is healthy option and it is beneficial for heart health. But, all of you should know that this is not true.
As Dr. Daniel explains, food processors in the West separate the soybeans into protein and oil and that is neither healthy nor safe. The process of manufacturing includes high pressure, high temperatures, alkali, petroleum solvents, acid baths, but also carcinogenic and toxic residues. The plant protein in the fractionated products is isolate and hydrolyzed and due to all processed soy, these products contain high amounts of phytates and trypsin. Phytates block the mineral absorption while the trypsin blocks proper digestion.
There are many scientific studies which have proved that high- soy diet is associated with many health issues, including:
- Soy allergies
- Thyroid problems, including weight gain, lethargy, malaise, fatigue, hair loss and loss of libido
- Premature puberty and other developmental problems in babies, children and adolescents
- Reproductive disorfers
- Brain damage
Scientists explain that babies and children who are still developing are most susceptible to soy`s hormone-mimicking effects. Lancet study proved that daily exposure to estrogen-imitating chemicals for infants who consume formulas is even 6-11 times higher than adults who consume soy foods. In addition to this, the study also proved that blood concentration of these hormones is up to 13,000 to 22,000 times higher in comparison with estrogen in the bloodstream. Infants fed soy formula receive the estrogenic equivalent, and that product is based on the body weight, of up to 5 birth control pills daily. Medical experts warn that mothers should stop giving soy products to their babies, and pregnant women should not consume these products, as well. Studies proved that these products are the main cause for many health issues on the unborn child.
Recent research linked the consumption of soy products with various health issues, including:
- Early puberty
- Brain damage
- Heart disease
- Breast cancer
Moreover, consummation of unfermented soy was linked with the following issues:
- Digestive distress
- Reproductive issues
- Loss of libido
- Immune system dysfunction
Besides the group of people who are allegedly health conscious and consume soy products believing that they are healthier option, some other groups at much higher risk of experiencing some of the many negative effects from soy.
Some of those groups are:
- Infants fed soy based formulas
- Vegetarians eating a high soy diet
- Mid-life women who are consuming soy foods believing that they would help them with the symptoms of menopause
Safe Ways to Consume Soy
Despite the fact that on the market you can find many varieties of soy sauce that are artificially made through a chemical process, the traditional soy sauce safe for use as it is made by fermentation of soybeans, salt and enzymes.
Miso is a fermented soybean paste made with butter, with specific taste and quite salty texture.
Natto definitely is best soy variety. It is the best source of vitamin K2 on the planet and in same time contains potent beneficial bacterial – bacillus subtilis. Natto is soy product produced by fermented soybeans and has strong and specific cheese-like flavor and sticky texture. Additionally, Natto contains nattokinase – extremely potent blood thinner. You can buy this soy product in any Asian grocery store.
Tempeh is a fermented soybean cake and it has a mushroom-like flavor and firm texture.
We can summarize that you should avoid any type of foods that contain soy ingredients, including: poplar soy milk, soy burgers, soy ice cream, soy cheese, soy energy bars, soy protein powders and processed foods. Instead you should eat whole, fermented and unprocessed foods.