We all know that anything in grand amounts is not healthy. But what's the scoop on soy? Soy has its good points. But needless to say, we've heard rumors about soy and how it may be more detrimental. We are just not getting the facts straight because we tend to hear rumors and pieces of information from other sources such as TV and even the FDA - and this creates confusion.
This is the blog that you've been waiting for...because this will inform you about what you REALLY want to know regarding soy!
One thing to get straight about soy is SOY MILK. It has been invading our commercials by stating it's so wonderful and to drink a glass. They say it's a wonderful alternative to regular milk. But let's see...it's not milk! It's processed and contains other chemicals too! You are consuming way too much soy in concentrated amounts and it's not milk! Milk - by definition - is a beverage produced from an animal. I don't think I've ever seen or heard of a Soynimal, have you? The soy milk companies are the only ones who are benefiting from the sale because they are marketing to get you! It's all about money - less about our health. Soy milk is a processed food and you should be warned to not consume it.
When you see a product with soy...just turn it over to the ingredients and read. Does it appear to be processed? Any soy lecithin? Don't get it! Simple as that.
Soy: the facts you REALLY want to know. Isoflavones are one of the many phytochemicals found in soybeans. Isoflavones have been researched for many years and has been found that it can relieve menstrual symptoms, helps prevent cancer, reduce heart disease, and even slows osteoporosis.
Soy contains phytic acid, more so than other beans. The phytic acid has been found to block the absorption of certain minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc! As we all get older, both men and women, we all need calcium and magnesium to help keep our bones strong. Because of the high amounts of phytic acid, soybeans are very resistant to the slow cooking process. Soybeans also contain enzyme inhibitors which inhibits protein digestion in the body. It is only beneficial to consume soy after it has been fermented and NOT in its natural state.
You may consume soy in miso or even tempeh. Miso and tempeh are good and safe to consume. Miso and tempeh are the forms that people in Asia have been consuming for years. These are the safe soy foods to consume because they are fermented.
Our bodies just cannot take the high levels of phytic acid in soy prior to fermentation.
It's the high levels of the phytic acid that compromises our health. It can contribute to infertility, breast cancer, and even thyroid disease. Note that each of these problems is hormone related. The phytoestrogens interupt the flow of the endocrine function. If you or someone you know has breast cancer (regardless of the cancer being estrogen sensitive), you should be warned against consuming soy unless it is tempeh or miso.
Soy is a wonderful contribution to your diet, but you don't have to go crazy with it. Go to a Japanese restaurant and order miso and/or tempeh and your soy requirements have been met.
It is also important to not get into the whole soy craze because you should have a balanced diet with other important foods. Don't forget your vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and even some beans or meat if desired. Drink your water, tea, or even juice.
Balance is the key. One food should not take priority over another...it's about having a food symphony. All foods play together in harmony. There are no solos in the food symphony.
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Thanks for the informative article. I'm lactose intolerant and have been drinking soy milk since I was a baby. Do you have any other recommendation to replace soymilk and cow's milk? Almond milk, rice milk and hazelnut milk are good but they don't pack as much protein as soy or cow's milk.