Is Soy A Health Food ? Soy is still widely perceived to be a "health food" in the United States, bringing in some $4 billion a year.
Many people consume soy because of claims that it can reduce the risk of heart disease, alleviate symptoms of menopause,lower cholesterol and even cut your risk of cancer.
But in reality,when people consume soy products it can eventually lead to health problems ranging from digestive upset and bloating to hormonal disruption. And among infants, the estrogens in soy formula can be devastating, causing problems in their brains, reproductive systems and thyroid glands.
There are 100 years worth of studies demonstrating that soy products can be hazardous to your health, but soy is nonetheless found in our food supply and often hidden in processed foods.
A Host Of Disorders
There are hundreds of studies linking soy with such disorders as :
The Israeli Ministry based its advice on the findings of a panel of nutritionists, oncologists, pediatricians and other specialists who spent over a year looking at the available evidence. They concluded that the phytoestrogens in soy (estrogen-like plant hormones) can be harmful. Their recommendations are in accord with those made by the United Kingdom's chief medical officer and the British Dietetic Association.
The panel found that:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has convened a scientific panel to review the safety of soy baby formula and genistein, a plant estrogen found in soy.
Genistein can mimic the effects of estrogen in humans, which raised concerns about effects on human development and reproduction. The panel intends to look into these possible effects, such as the research that suggests soy consumption could affect the menstrual cycle.
Many people are still convinced that soy is a health food, but it is important to recognise that soy clearly has a downside.
Soybeans are high in Natural Toxins, also known as antinutrients.
This includes a large quantity of inhibitors that deter the enzymes needed for protein digestion. Further, these enzyme inhibitors are not entirely disabled during ordinary cooking. The result is extensive gastric distress and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake, which can result in dangerous pancreatic impairments and cancer.
FERMENTED SOY PRODUCTS like tempeh, natto and miso and soybean sprouts don't have these problems and can be beneficial to your health.
I recommend that you avoid all non-fermented soy such as tofu, soy protein products, soy milk and especially soy baby formula, which should never be used for infants, and only eat fermented soy if you choose to eat it.
If you are aware of any health problem which may compromise your general health, it is important to seek treatment. A Health and Wellness Counselor may help you, to bring you back in balance and to good health through, detoxing, healthy eating and living, create a proper diet suited for your condition, advise natural remedies, herbs, wholefood supplements and organic cosmetics.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !