The discussions on soy are typically between those that are either strictly for or against the debatable legume.
And I am on the side that rejects the use of soy.
Whether used in tofu, dairy or meat subsitutes, soy has seen a surge of use in the Western worlds.
And why not? Afterall, many Asian countries known for their dietary health eat soy generously with each meal.
However, the soy we have been marketed and sold has journeyed far from the fermented legumes many Asian countries eat. Think miso, natto and tempeh which, due to fermenting, has neutralized the trypsin inhibitors and phytic acid (bad stuff). Take care to note however that goitrogens or thyroid inhibitors (more bad stuff), are still perfectly intact after fermenting takes place.
True, soybeans may be rich in micronutrients, but the trouble lies in the anti-nutrient phytate that they contain, which binds with the minerals and blocks the bodies ability to absorb them.
Further, when people in many Asian countries do eat soy, they are typically eating a fish based meal, which is extremely high in nutrients that can counteract some of soy’s effects.
So, what makes soy so sucky?
The list of negative effects on the body are quite long, but I am going to discuss the most talked about soy disruptor:
Oestrogen. (yes that is actually how it is spelt)
With hormones being one of the finest balances within the human body, too much plant-based oestrogen, known as isoflavones, raise oestrogen in the human body while lowering testosterone. These are known as endocrine disruptors and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Men, think less energy, man boobs, lower libido and accumulation of fat around the midsection.
Ladies, more oestrogen won’t be a positive for us either. Think a long list of fertility problems. Even breast cancer has been linked to the use of soy.
Even if you think you are not consuming soy, it is everywhere. The majority of us are ingesting cheap soybean oil and soy proteins and we don’t even know it. The food industry has spent millions marketing it as a healthy ingredient, but it is cheap and easy to add to processed foods.
It is pretty obvious that I am clearly against soy products but that doesn’t mean I don’t realise that there aren’t two sides to every story. If you use soy, be educated. Just now I went into my kitchen and, guess what, my “healthy” protein powder contains soy. What I do with this knowledge is up to me, just like it is for you.
Below are the links I used for my research.