To Soy or Not to Soy?

Posted by Sabrina Sarabella on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

To Soy or Not to Soy?

Soy has been a recent nutritional buzzword claiming to fight cancer and a must for a healthy diet geared towards fighting off disease.  However, there are many things about the negative effects of soy that have not made it to mainstream media.  Whether you are a soy lover or have never tried it before here is some information about soy you may have not known before.

Soy has been known to be an endocrine disruptor.  It has been shown that soy isoflavones disrupt sexual maturation in males and speed it up in females.  

Soy is high in manganese which can be contaminated with aluminum.  The excess estrogen, manganese and aluminum can be detrimental to children and their brain chemistry and sexual development.  

Soy decreases the action of the thyroid hormone and decreases the action of thyroid medication.

Soy lacks an essential amino acid called methionine that is required to build muscle.

Many people are allergic to soy and can suffer from extreme gas and bloating from eating soy.  Since soybeans are new to the food chain and were not eaten in paleolithic times our bodies are not used to digesting it.

Soy is contained in may processed foods and can have many different alias.  If you are to eat soy you should eat it in it’s fermented form; miso, tempeh, soy sauces and fermented tofu and you should eat it in moderation.  

So, to soy or not to soy, what’s your opinion?

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