Did you know that soy shake you drank, or the breakfast bar you ate this morning, might be what gave you that horrible gas and bloated feeling?
Embarrassing at that can be, it could even be worse, that consuming soy products is actually a danger to your health.
Soy is touted as ‘healthy’, but scientists and doctors alike have been warning us about it for decades.
Excessive soy consumption has been linked with infertility, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, malnutrition, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, and even cancer and heart disease, to name only a few.
But consumed regularly in Asia, the population there remains mostly free of most Western diseases, and have longer life spans!
This is because in Asian cultures, soy is always fermented before it is consumed (e.g., soy sauce, miso, tempeh). The fermentation process is the only thing that makes soy safe to eat in reasonable quantities.
Soy consumption in Asian countries ranges from only 9.3 to 36 grams per day, a typical western serving of a cup of soy milk is 240 grams.
Soy was never originally part of the human diet, and only used as a cover crop by the Chinese to enrich the soil. Even until after World War II, soy protein isolate and soy-protein concentrate were unknown in Asia.
In the U.S. today, soy can be found in at least 60 percent of foods, even in unexpected places such as some brands of canned tuna!
The scariest part is that infants on soy formula receive the most of all, both in quantity and in proportion to body weight. Even today, soy milk or soy infant formula is not an Asian tradition. Most infant formulas in China are dairy-based.
But most people today don’t think twice about consuming a cup of tofu, a couple of glasses of soy milk, soy energy bars, protein drinks, soy nuts, or ‘veggie’ (soy) burgers.
Is anything natural about modern soy protein products when they originate from a bean?
Refining processes of textured soy protein and soy protein isolate may even increase levels of carcinogens such as nitrosamines.
Aside from the reproductive concerns (lower sperm count in young males raised on soy formula, accelerated maturation of young girls), the safety of soy consumption is questionable to say the least.
A former senior toxicologist with the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research, Daniel M. Sheehan, has called the consumption of soy a “large, uncontrolled and basically unmonitored human experiment.”
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