Red Flags About Consuming Soy Foods

Food/Cooking - Types of Food
By: jseven    
18-Mar-2011

Introduction:Soy is in everything these days and many well-meaning advocates encourage the consumption of soy as a healthy alternative to dairy products. There are so many soy-based products like most salad dressings and many baby formulas, which makes it very difficult to avoid. The problem is that soy is very hard on the body and digestive system when it is unfermented.

According to Dr. Daniel R. Doerge, researcher for the Food and Drug's National Center for Toxicological Research, there are substantial health risks in consuming large amounts of soy products because of the isoflavones that interfere with the body's hormonal system and other functions.

The Oriental culture originally used the soy plant as method of fixing nitrogen for crops. They did not eat soybeans until the fermentation process was discovered during the Chou Dynasty. Fermented soy is much safer because enzymes produced during the fermenting process predigest the carbohydrates, and it also breaks down the protein into smaller particles for easier digestion.

Be very wise about consuming soy as more and more studies are proving it to be harmful, especially to babies and children.

  • 01

    Soy Can Increase the Risk of Thyroid Disease

    Heavy or long-term use of soy can harm the thyroid, contrary to popular beliefs. Soy supplements and products are thought to be a good replacement for estrogen, but researchers are warning that it upsets the delicate hormonal balance in the body. Soy isoflavones can suppress thyroid function and cause or increase hypothyroidism.

  • 02

    Baby Formulas With Soy Are Dangerous

    Many parents were told that soy baby formula was a much better alternative to cow's milk and thousands of infants were given the harmful soy. It is now a proven fact that soy is harmful to babies, according to John Hopkins University and many other university studies.

    The phytoestrogens, high aluminum content and lack of zinc and healthy amounts of cholesterol in soy baby formulas cause a host of health problems. Certain cancers can develop during early and later life, baby girls can begin puberty sooner and boys can be underdeveloped from soy formula.

    Many babies develop diarrhea and other digestive problems immediately from soy formula. Most parents are unaware of the potential dangers of giving their child soy.

  • 03

    Weight Gain For Menopausal Women

    Dr. Larrian Gillespie, a gynecologic urologist, voices her concern over the government's push of soy in the American diet, while Britain, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand health officials warn of soy dangers.

    She tells firsthand of her experience with soy and the problems she encountered after consuming it. Gillespie developed full-blown hypothyroidism soon after a high-soy diet, and warns of weight gain in menopausal women along with other serious health risks.

  • 04

    Causes Goiter

    High consumption of soy has been proven to cause goiter according to a study done by The National Center for Toxicological Research. The delicate balance of hormones in the body can be disrupted by too much soy, causing the painful condition.

  • 05

    Isoflavones In Many Products

    Because soy is another cheap filler in the food chain, it is used in many products. Consumers are outraged and calling for a ban on soy products as people and children develop soy allergies and suspicions of Alzheimer's being caused by soy are raised.

    You can find soy isoflavones in many food products and request soy-free foods at your local grocery store to encourage awareness on this conflicting legume. See the soy list in the "soy allergy" link below.




Final Thoughts

Benadryl ® Fastmelts contain soy protein, and many other medications can also include soy. Check with your pharmacist before giving any medication to your child or taking it yourself.

Soy is one of the top 8 food allergens in the USA. The better news is that there is a labeling law requiring that if soy is an ingredient in a product, it must be listed on the label. Read labels carefully!


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  • clewand550 1/21/2012 Flag This Comment

    Back to give you a H5.

  • JoyceTeresaMann 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    Women who have estrogen-positive breast cancer need to examine this issue with care. I am a survivor of such a cancer. As such, I avoid anything with soy added -- it often is added to vitamins for women over 50. On the other hand, I have read studies where a small amount of non-doctored soy, roasted soys nut for example, may actually be helpful. I have discussed this w/ my radiation oncologist and have decided to eat small amounts of roasted soy nuts. Great list!!

  • jseven 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    Thanks for the comments. Sorry to hear that, Nancy. I have a grandaughter with Chrohn's and she was raised on soy formula, too. Makes me wonder...

  • BonnieDossKnight 3/19/2011 Flag This Comment

    I eat veggie sausages and veggie burgers with soy. But don't think these small amounts will adversely affect. Thanks for the warning. HI5

  • NancyHardin 3/19/2011 Flag This Comment

    Gosh sakes, every year there's a new food that's supposed to be so good for you, and then a few more years down the road, they find out it's actually quite harmful! My son was raised on soy milk because he had a dairy allergy, and it makes me wonder if some of the problems he has today are related to that consumption. H5 for a very interesting, informative article with great resources.

  • JennyHeart 3/19/2011 Flag This Comment

    Well presented list indeed!

  • clewand550 3/19/2011 Flag This Comment

    I wasn't aware of these things at all. Thank you for this informative list.

  • sparkybates 3/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    Wow, this is important to know. Thanks for educating me.

  • Vallain 3/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    Hmmm, I need to rethink getting chocolate soymilk so often.

  • litetender 3/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    Wow. What an excellent and informative list! I have ALWAYS had an instinctive aversion to soy. I did not know that it's in so many products, though, nor did I know there is a suspected link between it and Altzheimers!

  • goodselfme 3/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    I agree with your astute research X5. I have tried to pass this word around too. Thank you for such a great presentation on a much needed subject.

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