Damn right this is bad for you. Stop eating it now!
Is soy bad for soy?
We live in the age of soy today. Soy boys and soy food are everywhere…it’s ubiquitous as a vegan staple and filler for many healthy products.
Soy has been marketed as a health food for years – tofu, soy milk, soybean oil, edamame. But is this really good for you? Or does it “feel” like healthy food because it’s bland, expensive, and heavily marketed?
Let me put it straight to you: If good health is what you’re after, then stop eating soy. I didn’t want to lose the main point of this article by burying it away at the end. Now that you know, please read on to find out why.
The rise of soy as a healthy food
When the USDA wrongly decided that all animal fats and meat are toxins, Americans were told to eat more plant foods, such as soybeans. Soybeans have been touted as an ideal protein and fat source to replace meat, lard, and butter. Marketed as a versatile cooking oil that doesn’t raise your cholesterol, soybean oil’s lab-made crumbs of synthesized protein have been smashed together and dyed to look like hamburger patties and hydrogenated soybean oil to solidify at room temperature. They said “All margarine, it’s better than butter.”
Well guys, it turns out that hydrogenated vegetable oil is a source of trans fats. Not only does eating trans fats increase the risk of heart disease, but the Food and Drug Administration is now preventing food manufacturers from adding the main source of artificial trans fats to foods and beverages (*).
But I digress, let’s go back to the soybean world. So the government declares that all animal meat and fat are bad, and processed plant foods are better. AKA “We know better than nature what is healthy.” Therefore, cheap soybeans flood the market. And now you can pick up 80% of the items in the grocery store and see soybeans in the ingredients list. Soybean oil, lecithin from soybeans, soy protein, complex vegetable protein (also soy), vegetable gum, vegetable broth, vegetable starch, this list goes on.
The Food Allergy and Research Education Organization lists nearly all processed foods and even some personal care products as containing a soy ingredient:
- baked goods
- Broths and canned soups
- Tuna and canned meatحوم
- Energy bars and high protein snacks
- infant formula
- Low fat peanut butter
- pet food
- Processed meat
- Soaps and lotions
Americans have not improved their health as a result of these recommendations, in fact we as a nation have become sicker (*).
But it’s just a plant, right? How bad could it be? Well, it depends, how much poison is acceptable in your food?
Is soy bad for soy? 4 dangers of eating it?
#1 weed killer in soybean
Soybeans are a major food source of glyphosate (a roundup of herbicides). Oats, wheat and corn are also present and you will notice that I do not recommend eating them either.
Glyphosate is a synthetic herbicide patented by Monsanto and is now manufactured and sold by many companies in hundreds of products. Glyphosate has been associated with (*):
- liver damage
- Reproduction and development issues
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), GM soy has the highest levels of Roundup:
Crop scientists have genetically engineered soybeans to survive Roundup blasts so farmers can spray this chemical near crops to get rid of weeds. But some so-called “super weeds” have been developed that are resistant to Roundup. In turn, some farmers are using more news reports to try to kill those tough weeds. This leads to more chemicals being found in the news report about soybeans and eventually in the food supply.”
How much poison is acceptable?
The company that owns Roundup (Monsanto) has set a maximum level of this pesticide as 5.6 milligrams per kilogram of plant weight. A Norwegian study that compared the accumulation of pesticides and herbicides on 31 different soybean plants found an average of 9 milligrams of Roundup per kilogram. The study found high levels of Roundup in 70 percent of GM soy plants (*).
#2 Soybeans are Goitrogen
Goitrogens are foods that interfere with normal, healthy thyroid function and cause a goiter – or swollen thyroid gland.
Goitrogens do this by interfering with the uptake of iodine in the thyroid gland. Iodine is necessary to achieve healthy levels of thyroid hormone production. Without it, the thyroid gland cannot produce the hormones T4 and T3.
In response to decreased levels of T4 and T3, the pituitary gland produces more of the compound known as thyroid stimulating hormone (I’ll give you one guess at what it does). The purpose of TSH is to send a signal to the thyroid gland to produce more T4. But, excess TSH causes a swollen gland known as a goiter.
Goitrogens can also interfere with healthy thyroid function by interfering with TPO: the enzyme Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) is like an assembly line that builds thyroid hormones. If damaged, thyroid hormone production is impaired.
Symptoms of thyroid problems: side effects include
The thyroid gland plays an important role in all metabolic processes. So, when you have low thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), you expect everything to go sluggish – your brain, your energy levels, even your digestion!
Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include (*):
- sleep problems
- dry skin
- allergy to cold
- Dry and thin hair
- Joint and muscle pain
- Fertility problems
- Low heart rate
Sounds like a blast, right?
#3 Soy and your sex hormones
Soy is an endocrine disruptor – meaning it interferes with hormones. I detailed its effect on thyroid hormone above, but the healthy function of the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone can also be disrupted.
Soy is a natural source of phytoestrogens, a compound that mimics human estrogen but is thousands of times weaker. The researchers found that the effect of soy plant estrogens on individuals depends largely on age, gender, and menopausal status and that the issue is complex. However, apart from the phytoestrogens in soybeans, glyphosate (Roundup weedkiller) in soybeans may contribute to estrogenic activity on its own (*)
Phytoestrogens have proven ability to (*):
- Disruption in the levels of the normal sex hormone and the ovulation cycle in females
- Reducing sexual behavior in animal research
- Increased social, aggressive, and anxiety-related behaviors in animal research
#4 Soybeans are a source of Lectins
Soybeans, like all beans, are a source of lectins. lectin They are carbohydrate-binding proteins designed to damage cellular communication.
These carbohydrate-bound adhesive proteins act as a defense mechanism for plants. They are designed (depending on evolution) to cause a severe immune response in the animals that eat them (including humans) which eventually leads to paralysis.
Lectins are linked to mental and physical health problems. They bind nerve endings, cause blood cells to clump and also attach to viruses and bacteria. In some cases, people with lectin sensitivity are more likely to get sick because of this.
Health problems associated with lectins include:
- Leaky gut (intestinal permeability)
- brain fog
This is just getting better, am I right? Like I said at the beginning, if you care about your health, don’t eat soy.
Bottom line on soybeans
Yes, it turns out that many ancient and healthy cultures ate soy. But they have undergone an extensive fermentation process to neutralize toxins that no longer exist today (the same with many other plants we eat).
Whatever soybean’s chance of even being a food option may have been completely destroyed by large-scale farming and corporate greed. Soy in our world is nothing but a glyphosate delivery mechanism. In addition to a toxic weed killer, soy is a food that can interfere with thyroid hormones, sex hormones, and gut health.
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Is Soy Beans Bad For You? It first appeared in Ketogenic Endurance.