Ever since the FDA approved a health claim that soy promotes heart health, soy products have been popping up right and left in the form of soy beverages, soy burgers, soy ice cream, soy cheese and the list goes on. Not to mention that soy has been added to just about every processed food out there. Even foods that have nothing to do with soy like pasta sauce, granola bars, cookies, yoghurt, bread etc. Many people are eating large quantities of soy every day without knowing it.
The ingredient used in processed foods is usually soybean oil or soy lecithin. Soy lecithin is made from the leftover sludge after soy oil is processed. Sounds delicious right?
For all the soy products out there a large part of them are NOT good for you. And I’ll tell you why:
- Soy contains natural toxins which are antinutrients. It affects your body from digesting proteins properly which will lead to many gastric problems, inhibiting your body from absorbing protein and possibly even cancer.
- Soy contains goitrogens which frequently lead to depressed thyroid function. In short, it can slow down your thyroid and make you gain weight.
- Soy is loaded with phytoestrogens. They mimic and can oftentimes block the body’s own estrogen. Soy phytoestrogens have been known to disrupt endrocine function, may cause infertility and breast cancer in women.
- Soy is sprayed down with pesticides and more often than not have been genetically modified. Two things to avoid to staying and being healthy.