Thursday, October 22, 2009

Is Soy Healthy?

A couple years ago someone mentioned to me that companies use soy as a key bonding agent in plastic. Soybeans have natural characteristics that make them ideal for making plastics. The polymers in soybean protein closely mimic the desirable properties in petroleum-based plastics. Joshua Otaigbe, an Iowa State University scientist, proved this a few years back. For many vegetarians, soy has been a substitute for meat in many dishes, but there are so many biological reasons why soy should not be eaten on a regular basis if at all.

A good cue for the aspring vegan/vegetarian in my opinion is that if you see an overabundance of soy based brands in Whole Foods, its probably funded by THE POWERS THAT BE. This means that there is ticket to profit. This means that the product you desire most is being mass marketed and most likely the quality of that product has been reduced to nil. So how does one get to the truth when it comes to soy? Usually, the first question I ask is… "Where is the money? Who has something to be gained from one side or the other?" With the soy issue, there does not seem to be an easy answer here either… and that's because there appear to be strong financial incentives on both sides of the argument.

Who has something to gain from the consumption of soy? Perhaps companies like Monsanto which produce the genetically modified soybean seeds. Perhaps companies like Cargill Foods or SoyLife which produce countless soy-based foods. Or soybean councils in several states which represent farmers who grow this new, emerging bumper crop. And, of course, all of the companies which are constructing factories all over the world to do the processing which is necessary to make soybeans edible.

Soy is not the health food that you think it is.

From tofu and tacos to baby formula and burgers, soy products have swept the nation as a healthy source of protein, with a reputation for being all natural and good for you. New studies have however raised questions over whether the ingredients in soy might increase the risk of breast cancer in some women, affect brain function in men and lead to hidden developmental ab-normalities in infants.

Soy and hormonal balance

Just because tofu is of vegetable origin does not necessarily make it healthy.

Health-conscious Americans believe in the benefits of tofu, infant formula and other food products made from soybeans and soy extract. But their assumption is now being called into question by Jill Schneider, associate professor of biological sciences at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

In a study of hamsters completed under Schneider's direction, it was recently found that a component of soy beans - isoflavones - significantly accelerated the onset of puberty in the rodents.

These findings, which are similar to the results reported by labs which have experimented with rats, might be relevant to humans, Schneider says. She points out that many babies who are allergic to cow's milk are fed soy-based formulas which contain isoflavones. Isoflavones, she says, can act like estrogen, a natural hormone important in the development of both male and female humans.

It is child abuse to feed a baby soy formula. A baby fed soy will receive, through the phytoestrogens, the equivalent of approximately 5 birth control pills per day! The damage is incalculable.

There are other reasons to stay away from soy

A very large percentage of soy - over 90% - is genetically modified and it also has one of the highest percentages contamination by pesticides of any of the foods we eat.
Soy processors have worked hard to get these anti-nutrients out of the finished product, particularly soy protein isolate (SPI) which is the key ingredient in most soy foods which imitate meat and dairy products, including baby formulas and some brands of soy milk.

Please google this when time allows. Be well>>>


MIKE-L said...

I guess cupcakes and wine bars aren’t really a dining trend but they sure should make some list of crappy things people flock to and then will abandon in a couple years.

LWAkira said...

ur absolutely right. I live in a vegetarian household where many of them eat at lot of soy products. I try my best to inform them of the dangers of soy, and its harmful effects on the body. I myself am vegan as well.

Milal said...

I knew it...I knew it..I knew it