Soy, in its unfermented state (edamame, tofu, soy milk, and anything made from them), is not healthy. Small amounts are perhaps ok, but
not daily or often, or large portions. Fermented soy (miso, natto, soy sauce, tempeh, etc.) is more healthy and actually isn't harmful
in the way unfermented soy is, and is actually beneficial.
Another concern with soy is that over 90% of US soy is GMO soy. Being GMO, soy is doused with Round-Up pesticide. You are
ingesting the glyphosate and other ingredients of Round-Up. This is beyond the fact that genes of another species is
inserted into the seed, which may, in itself, prove to be harmful.
These gurus tout that soy is a super food, lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. Soy that is
contains phytic acid, and large amounts of this can block your consumption of certain minerals. These may include magnesium, iron, iodine, zinc, and
copper, which are essential minerals. Soy (unfermented) may weaken the immune system, and can contribute to thyroid disorders. It can
contribute to food allergies, digestive intolerances, and kidney stones.
Unfermented soy can mimic the effects of estrogen, a female hormone, since it contains phytoestrogens.
Fermented soy can help your gut bacteria (recolonize helpful bacteria), as is the case with many fermented foods. The phytic acid
is neutralized when fermentation takes place.
Seriously, decrease your intake of unfermented soy - and make sure it's not in your baby's formula (which would deliver high doses
of soy in a still forming infant). Soy is NOT the health food these gurus would have you believe - use it in moderation, and make
sure it's organic.
Soy is an estrogen mimicing substance. Some cancers feed off estrogen. People don't need more estrogen, especially men. Estorgen
in the water system is a concern - it can't be filtered out.
I've been researching soy for awhile, since my daughter became a vegan and was using more soy products. I encourage her to
find other alternatives, or at least, use orgainc, fermented soy products.
Unfermented Soy Products
- Soy milk, dairy substitutes, ice cream and soy anything
- Soy oil
- Products which contain soy
Fermented Soy Products
Soy sauce and Tamari
Natto (fermented soy beans - but it tastes NASTY!)