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 r
etain 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
- Soy raises your estrogen, which causes you to retain more water and fat.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
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.
Q: So should I cut soy out completely?
I do enjoy some edamame on occasion. If I am going to have soy it is going to be unprocessed and natural. I also have a soft spot for 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.