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Dangers of Soy for Men – Estrogen Up and Weight Loss Down

Dangers of Soy for Men – Estrogen Up and Weight Loss Down

Many of my readers have asked “Is soy milk ok?”

The answer is NO.

Soy Milk and most soy products are to be avoid or limited to condiments only, such as soy sauce as Asians do, or raw unprocessed soy such as edamame.

Consuming soy milk and soy products can raise your estrogen levels. Estrogen is a feminizing steroid and it just makes you retain more water and fat. Even worse is that your body naturally drops your testosterone levels if your estrogen levels are high. This is a disaster if your goal is to build muscle and lose fat. Soy is bad for both men and women but men have more to lose.

Testosterone helps build bigger and stronger muscles in addition to many other positive effects, especially for men. Estrogen makes you retain more water and fat. If you consume soy products several times a week or worse daily, your estrogen levels will quickly rise and your testosterone levels will fall. The result is it will be harder to maintain your current level of muscle or put on new muscle. Your mood will also degrade since testosterone is a mood enhancer.

My personal top 5 worst soy side effects

  1. Soy raises your estrogen, which causes you to retain more water and fat.
  2. Soy lowers testosterone in men which shrinks your muscles, degrades your mood and weakens cognitive functions. So you are weaker, more depressed and can’t think straight. Not Good! Read below to see what happened when an entire prison was put on an all soy diet.
  3. Soy foods lower your sex drive (Japanese housewives would feed more soy to their husbands to reduce their virility when they feared infidelity or pregnancy) Soy’s has also been proven to lead to infertility in  males.
  4. Soy milk and soy foods are not complete proteins as soy beans are deficient in sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cystine.  The soy processing treatments also damages the essential amino acid lysine. Relying on soy for your protein is a mistake.
  5. Soy carbohydrates are the king of flatulence. You produce exceptional amounts of musical gas on soy. Not the best thing for your social life.

Q: If Soy is so bad for you then why is there so much of it around? Don’t Asians eat lots of soy products?

The problem is that soy is now being consumed on a mass scale as a replacement for animal protein. Vegans and vegetarians have turned to soy as an alternative to dangerous pasteurized milk and diary and naturally the market responded by catering to this demand.

The problem is that soy was never meant to be consumed in such large quantities. If you add up all the soy milk, tofu and other soy products such as tempheh etc.. that the average vegan gets daily it could amount to a thousand raw unprocessed soy beans.

Eating 1000 soy beans a day is NOT natural

It takes many many soy beans to make just a pound of tofu, this is how extreme soy processing is. a 1000 of anything a day is unnatural and it can devastate your hormonal system, digestive track and everyday more negative research comes out about the unnaturally large consumption of soy.

Asians consume on average of two teaspoons of soy daily mostly as condiments. The other soy they get is as the raw edible soy bean, unprocessed and natural.

The politics and economics of this mass soy consumption phenomena deserve their own article but a bit of common sense can show you how we got here. The whole vegetarian craze helped push soy products into the market. They have been billed as a good way for vegetarian and vegans to get their protein. The truth is there are much better sources of protein for Vegans than soy protein.

The soy industry is now big business. Soy products brought in a total of 4 billion dollars last year. This means they can afford their fair share of advertising and propaganda just like all other food industries. Soy is no longer the hip new kid on the block.

Soy is even worse than we thought

New studies are showing us how prolonged soy product consumption can lead to all manner of health defects. For example 288 Studies Showing the Toxicity of Soy in the US Food & Drug Administration’s Poisonous Plant Database (7.5M PDF)

Dangers of Soy Dr Weston A. Price summarizes the dangers of soy very throughly on his website.

  • High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.
  • Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.
  • Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women.
  • Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.
  • Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body’s requirement for B12.
  • Soy foods increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D.
  • Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein.
  • Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
  • Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing and additional amounts are added to many soy foods.
  • Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.

Soy Prison

It might seem like soy is hard to avoid now but what happens when an entire population is forced to consume largely soy foods?

In Illinois an entire prison was put on an almost all soy diet. This was done at the command of the govenor. He claimed with was for financial reasons as soy is far less expensive than animal protein but the fact that Archer Daniels Midland, the main supplier of soy products to the Illinois prisons has donated to his campaign was never mentioned by him.

Prisoner complaints include chronic and painful constipation alternating with debilitating diarrhea, vomiting after eating, sharp pains in the digestive tract, especially after consuming soy, passing out, heart palpitations, rashes, acne, insomnia, panic attacks, insomnia, depression and symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as low body temperature (feeling cold all the time), brain fog, fatigue, weight gain, frequent infections and enlarged thyroid gland. Since soy contains anti-fertility compounds, many young prisoners may be unable to father children after their release. Some of them have even had to have their digestive tracts shortned.

Q: Are there benefits to Soy?

If you are a woman that has reached menopause then yes. Women in menopause experience a drastic drop in their estrogen levels. Thus consuming soy will naturally help balance them out.

If you are a man that is losing his hair and want to have save a bit of hair in exchange for losing muscle, sex drive, cognitive function, bone integrity and don’t mind being bloated and having more belly fat then yes, consuming 20 grams of soy daily can help you keep some more hair.

Q: Is soy formula good for my baby?

NO ! Do not give soy to children!

  • In test animals, diets high in soy which contains large quantities of trypsin inhibitors led to stunted growth and pancreatic disorders.
  • Soy foods increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D, needed for strong bones and normal growth.
  • Phytic acid in soy foods results in reduced bioavailabilty of iron and zinc which are required for the health and development of the brain and nervous system.
  • Soy also lacks cholesterol, likewise essential for the development of the brain and nervous system.
  • Megadoses of phytoestrogens in soy formula have been implicated in the current trend toward increasingly premature sexual development in girls and delayed or retarded sexual development in boys.
  • Is high in sugars that can damage your child’s naturally developing metabolic rate and liver. Too much sugar early can be especially dangerous for infants and younger children. Soy milk is not much better than soda for kids.

Q: So should I cut soy out completely?

No. Soy is to be enjoyed in moderation.

  • The Soy Bean itself /Edamame. If I am going to have soy it is going to be unprocessed and natural. Sadly 80% of all soy beans grown in the USA are Genetically Modified.
  • Soy sauce. The only soy sauce I will touch is Nama Shoyu, it translates into Raw Soy Sauce in Japanese. It is uncooked and unprocessed. Other than that I avoid soy completely and so should you.
  • Avoid Soy Milk, it is high in sugar, spieks your estrogen the fastest of all soy products and can’t hold a candle to raw milk, which is how milk was meant to be enjoyed before being poisoned by milk pasteurization.

-Ray at on weight loss nutrition anti aging 6 pack abs

Allie says:

Great article here!
I was drinking soy milk for about a while last year, as my body’s allergy or intolerance (not sure) to milk and some milk products had gotten so bad I had to give them up.
I thought it would be a good alternative and at first I felt great, but the longer I drank it the more and more exhausted I felt. I switched to almond milk and feel normal again.
I work at a health food store, and while we sell many soy products, we don’t actually support their use.
One of the cashiers has told me that fermenting soy is one of the only safe ways to eat it, and that in some old Chinese texts it was written soy is not good for humans unless fermented, otherwise only feed it to animals.
She also said friends of hers had consumed some much soy (in different forms) it made their hair fall out, which I found contrary to your statement it can help you keep hair.
I wanted to know what you thought of this? My guess on the subject was that perhaps the bad parts of the soy products they were eating were coming out in their hair like toxins from drugs?
Looking forward to your reply!

Susan says:

Thanks Ray! It seems many prisons have a nearly total-soy diet. Along with the fact that most inmates never see the light of day (to get any vit. D that way), there’s many bad side effects. In Ulster County Jail in Kingston NY, some of the inmates’ hair falls out and their skin becomes so thin it’s translucent, and they’re health is destroyed. I wish there was something to be done about the situation, but I guess they figure lives are cheap and they want their profit.

sascha says:

..oh you already mentioned that. 😉

sascha says:

Ray, thanks for the article….you should also add that soy can contribute to the risk of breast cancer in women!!!

Ray says:

The Hypothyroidism in females is something I want to research. Thank you for pointing this out.

Humans were never meant to consume so much of one little bean. It has gotten out of control.

Soy is okay if eaten unprocessed, such as edamame at a sushi restaurant, yum or some raw soy sauce. This is what Asians have done for thousands of years and it has worked our well for them.

The Cobra says:

It is important to not forget the source of anything we eat. Another way of saying this is not all soy is created equal, just as not all fats are equal (this is old news by now, with the treacherous transfats all but put to rest– unless you live in the Deep south.) With the prison study the soy provided by Archer is not only processed soy but is also not their choicest stuff. If you put me on a diet of soy milk or edamame, I’ll probably grow even bigger man boobs, but I doubt that I will get heart palpitations and be rendered infertile. That said, I think the craze over the health benefits of soy (processed are unprocessed) are numbered. Indeed, even women are at risk– a sizable contingent among leading nutritionists believes that the consumption of soy is directly link to hypothyroidism in females.

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