The Scary Truth About Soy….

The consumption of soy has been on the rise of late and the little awareness of its detrimental Soy_Foodsaffects on our health is unfortunate. The UK’s chief medical officer and the British Dietetic Association, concluded that the proven risks that soy has outweigh the possible benefits.

Soy is said to alleviate menopausal symptoms however, this statement has been found to be inconsistent. While soy has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol  there is no proof that it reduces heart disease.

So why is soy so bad you ask?

Soy contains phytoestrogens, a plant-based estrogen that mimics the natural estrogen in our body. The consumption of these have been linked to breast cancer, thyroid conditions, hormonal imbalances, both male and female infertility and early onset of puberty. As you can see, if you’re having difficulties trying to get pregnant, consuming soy may be the reason. Also, if you’re pregnant, eating soy can be detrimental to your baby as it disrupts the hormonal development.

Soy is one of the top eight most common food allergens making you at risk of suffering an allergic reaction.

There is a relationship with soy formula consumption and the development of ADHD and behavioural problems in children.

What soy products should you avoid?

Fermented soy products such as tempeh, natto, miso, soy bean sprouts and unpasteurised soy sauce are actually products that are good for you. This is due to the fermentation process, it makes the availability of isoflavones greater which is associated with cancer prevention and also acts as a probiotic improving nutrient absorption and digestion. These products are also high in calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin E.

The soy products to avoid are soy milk, tofu (almost all tofu is not fermented), soy flour, bean curd, soy oil, soy lecithin, textured vegetable proteins (TVP), hydrolysed vegetable proteins or vegetable oils. These have been genetically engineered and are not in their organic form like fermented soy products making them harmful to the body.

Just be mindful when choosing products that may contain these ingredients. Eating whole foods will avoid the consumption of these harmful ingredients. Another reason why consuming food in it’s most natural state is important!

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