Why is soya flour in bread and what if you don't want it?
Why I have quit eating bread?
I love bread, fresh bread with butter, bread and Marmite, bread and jam, bread to make sandwiches, but my bread eating days are over. If I cannot buy a loaf of bread without soya flour in the ingredients then I am not going to buy any bread at all!
I am trying to avoid soya and have found I cannot do so here in Tenerife if I am eating bread from the shops. Natural soya is bad enough but most soya flour added as ingredients of commercially available products is likely to be genetically-engineered which is far worse!
I was brought up to eat bread and it has been a staple food of mine but the bread we used to get did not have soya in it. Bread used to be made from wheat flour. Wholemeal bread had rye and oatmeal but never soya. Those days are sadly over!
Dangers of soya
Many people believe that eating soya is good for you but sadly this is not the case. Because so much soya has been grown in vast expanses of mono-culture farming it has become sold on to as many food manufactures as possible, as well as being used as animal feed. Genetically engineered crops have insecticides and herbicides added into their genetic make-up. That means these substances end up in us if we eat food made from genetically engineered produce.
Now it seems only logical to my mind to think that if a toxin in a plant can harm an insect that it's not likely to do us much good either! Genetically modified foods such as soya and maize flour have not been tested like drugs have to be. This means the experiment on what their long term effects will be is being conducted on the environment and its wildlife at large, and, scarily, on us, if we consume such foods.
In 1995, the Monsanto company first introduced their "Roundup Ready" soyabeans. These beans have been genetically engineered so that the growing plants are resistant to the glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide. There has been much controversy over this herbicide and evidence to show that it is killing off wildlife, despite its manufacturer's claims about its safety.
By 2010, as much as 93% of the soya produced in farms in the US, had come from genetically engineered varieties of the crop.
But that is only one very worrying reason why soya flour is best avoided. Soya is known to be a harmful food unless it is fermented properly such as in soy sauce, natto and tempeh.
Dr Mercola states that "the risks of consuming unfermented soy products FAR outweigh any possible benefits." Many people think that soy milk, soy cheese and veggie burgers made with soy are good for their health but these products are all made from unfermented soya.
Dr Mercola and others who claim that soya in its unfermented state is potentially harmful have linked it with breast cancer, thyroid diseases, lowered fertility, kidney stones, damage to the immune system and allergic reactions which can prove fatal.
Unfermented soya also causes digestive upset in many people, and that is one of my personal reasons fro wanting to avoid it.
Dr Mercola: Soy Myths Exposed - The Dangers of Soy
The parentsown.co.uk website launched a campaign to ask the bread manufacturers about the soya flour in their produce and have published the results on their website. Parentsown were concerned about the dangers to children that suffered from allergies and food intolerance to soya and other ingredients in many modern foodstuffs. They contacted the following bakeries: Hovis, Kingsmill (allied Bakeries) and Warburtons.
Kingsmill are one of the companies that replied, and I quote from the parentsown website entry: "Soya has been added to our bread for some time now as it helps to produce a loaf of consistently high quality with a good crumb structure. Unfortunately there are no plans for us to remove this from our products."
So in other words, if you don't want soya flour in your bread it is tough luck because they don't make any without it and are not planning on changing. To my mind this is yet another example of where the consumers today are not given any choice apart from buying or not buying a product. In my case, that means I am boycotting all bread that has soya in it, and here in Tenerife, as far as I can see, that means all of it!
Copyright © 2011 Steve Andrews. All Rights Reserved.
Dangers of Soya links
- Soya in Bread - Kingsmill's Response | parentsown.co.uk
- Originally hailed as wonderful, soya can be bad for your health. | Life and style | The Observer
Soya not only destroys forests and small farmers - it can also be bad for your health.
- The Truth About Soy Foods
Learn tips on how to avoid unwanted soy foods, why it’s not really a health food, and what makes it risky to eat.
- Soy allergy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia