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The Dangers You Need to Know About Soy

Updated on December 29, 2015

The Perception of Soy

Soy has become very big business within the last decade and in fact since 1992 - 2006 the soy industry increased from $300 million in annual sales to four billion as a result of massive advertisements and investments.

Many health conscious folks have added soy products to their diet, believing the many advertisements of the proclaimed health benefits obtained from such a wonderful product. Has the soy industry misled the public?

Alarming studies over the past few years has been revealing many health issues concerning soy, such as links to breast cancer and brain damage, but yet many still believe that soy milk, soy cheese, soy burgers, and even soy ice cream are a healthier choice.

Fermented Soy is Good

Many Vegetarians use soy as their primary source of protein and may find these alarming discoveries much more serious than others, and could even stir up much debate; the fact is there are many studies and references that indicate this to be a serious concern. The idea of incorporating soy started out as good. Asian people are known to live longer and healthier lives, which much has been contributed to their diet that is high in soy intake; however they are consuming fermented soy products such as natto, Miso, tempeh and soy sauce.

Fermented soy is a great source of vitamin K2 which is known to prevent osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and many other great health benefits. After long periods of the fermentation process are the phytate and anti-nutrient levels of soybeans reduced, and their beneficial properties become available for the digestive system. These are the types of soy that are healthy and recommended by reputable sources, it must be fermented- tofu is not on this list of recommend sources of soy because it is not fermented.

GMO's Discussion

Unfermented Soy Is Bad

  • Over 90 percent of the soy grown in the United Stated is genetically modified. This is done so that the plant is able to resist the toxic herbicide Roundup. This will kill all weeds around the soy plant allowing the soy crops to grow faster resulting in cheaper soy. So now we have less expensive soy that is loaded with toxic pesticide. GM soy has been linked to increased allergies and even infertility. If you think that you do not consume a lot of GM soy products you may be mistaken, nearly 80 percent of the world’s soy is used in farm animal feed, its everywhere. This is another great reason to know where your food is coming from, and if you can raise it, and grow it yourself or find a reputable farmer who does.
  • Soy contains toxic levels of aluminum and manganese. Soy formula is said to have 80 times higher manganese than human breast milk.
  • Unfermented soy contains Goitrogens which interfere with thyroid function. Soy milk is a big contributor of to thyroid dysfunction hypothyroidism in women in the US.
  • Contain Phytic acids which bind metal ions preventing beneficial minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron. Eating meat helps to reduce the mineral blocking of these phytates which is another reason why vegetarians should lessen their intake or eliminate completely unfermented soy.
  • Unfermented soy can have many harmful effects on your health such as, brain damage, breast cancer, infant abnormalities, thyroid disorders, fatal food allergies, and impaired fertility

In Conclusion- My final thoughts of the Soy Controversy

It’s time we get all the facts and begin to take action immediately. I have only touched a few of the many alarming health facts and concerns regarding soy and do realize the controversy of this topic, as many still share different views. I do agree that soy does have many healthy benefits but should only be consumed as unfermented soy. I am not a big fan of genetically altered food and also feel this to be a great reason to stay away from many soy products. I do love and enjoy edamame, but plan to buy my seed from a reputable seed company and grow my own. I have left a couple of links below that are loaded with information and more useful links and studies, and encourage you to check it out.

Soy Myths Exposed: The Dangers of Soy

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Looks like this was recently updated? Pinning to my Ways with Food: Assorted Info board.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Isn't crazy, I was just as SHOCKED! Thanks for reading commenting,and sharing this hub about Soy.

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      Michelle Hertz 6 years ago

      I was reading a juicing book and it mentioned to stay away from soy. That peaked my interest in learning more. How could something that is considered so healthy, be bad for you... Then I read the facts and was SHOCKED! I'm going to be sharing this information with everyone I know and recommend to my blog readers that they not consume soy. Thank you for a great article!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks Christine for reading this hub on the dangers of soy. I was shocked when I first learned of this as well.

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      ChristineVianello 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Wow, never knew how bad soy is for you. Very interesting article, glad I got to read it. Thanks!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks Susan, smart decision sticking with the fermented soy, thanks for the vote and sharing.

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      Susan Miles 6 years ago

      Thanks R.for this information. I'll stick with femented soy and share this hub friends. Voted up!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      RTalloni, So glad you read this hub on the dangers of soy, I of course would not object to you linking it to your cow milk hub, thanks! Rob.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much for providing this info. I had become aware that concentrated soy wreaked havoc with one's thyroid but I did not know much else about soy's dangers. I would like to link this hub to my Cow Milk hub. Please let me know if you have any objection.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Katie and toknowinfo, thank you both for sharing my hub on the dangers of soy, I am so glad you found this information right on and worthy of sharing, Take care, hope all is well and that you having a blessed day, Rob.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Your hub is right on! Soy is also bad because it is estrongenic. It mimics estrogen in the body Too much estrogen is as dangerous for men as it is for women. Soy is a big business and used in so many products. Great hub. Rated up, useful, and awesome. Shared on stumbleupon.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Just wanted to say, YOUR WONDERFUL!

      I've added this page to my The benefits of eating Vegan.

      :) Katie

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      mannyrolando 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information... I'm a vegetarian, but don't care much for tofu or other soy products... I do occasionally drink soy milk... and will educate myself more regarding fermented vs unfermented soy! Thanks again!

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      I’ve found this hub of yours about the dangers of soy extremely interesting. I believe the moment ‘artificial’ crystallizes – the new being of an original seed changed by any other ingredient for any reason whatsoever - it is a total new product with a total new value. It may be a good replacement for the original, even an improvement, but not necessarily. Once again, rpalulis, you’ve given me valuable information I did not have in my repertoire of knowledge. So take a bow – I just love new information – for me it is a natural stimulant and anti-depressant.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Bethany, so glad you were able to read this hub on the dangers of soy, isn't it horrible what they are doing to our food, Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bethany Culpepper 6 years ago

      Thank you for helping to clarify these issues! I had heard that GM soy was bad, but didn't realize the difference with fermented soy. It's disgusting to think about how many harmful chemicals are used to grow food.Ugh.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      quicksand, I agree GM food is completely unacceptable, and feel the urgency to get as well educated in such topics so that we can not only make healthier decisions but share with everyone we know as well of these health dangers.

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      Genetically modifying food to make it available in larger quantities at cheaper prices is unacceptable. Probably many people are not aware (until they read your article) that they are swallowing toxic substances along with what they consider "health food."

      A very informative article. Thanks for pointing out the dangers involved. Cheers! :)

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      prasetio30, I am so glad you read this hub on the dangers of soy considering as you stated, not knowing- like my self prior to researching this had no idea either. Be well my friend.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never know the dangers of soy before reading this hub. Excellent information and very well written. Thanks for share with us. Well done, my friend. Rated up!

      Prasetio

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      eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Very informative article. I am a vegetarian and eat minimal amounts of soy. Vegetarians can get enough protein from plant sources other than soy. You present your information well. I will read more.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Sunnie Day, I love your pen name, and thank your for stopping by, so glad you enjoyed this hub on the dangers of soy. It is important we stay informed and well educated on topics such as this, be well-and hope your having a wonderful day!

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Thanks great informative hub!Being a raw vegan most of my time,I get excited learning more.Look forward to reading more of your hubs,

      Sunnie

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      fucsia, thank you for taking the time to read this hub on the dangers of soy, I agree that that this is an important issue and am glad I was able to write about this topic.

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Very important and informative Hub. Thanks for this page!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      I am not a big fan of Monsanto either and hate what they are doing to the small farmer.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      A lot of edamame is grown around SC and NC now. I suppose most is from Monsanto. I do not like the company from all that I've read. God bless.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Chatkath, I agree- so much to remember, thanks for stopping by I am so glad that you to get something out of my hubs. This whole soy situation really got be going, and felt that I needed to share with as many as I could.

      Mick Dee- yes sir, I try to grow as much of my own these days as I possibly can and from reputable seed companies and have even started started saving my own seed, I love soybeans, particularly the edamame.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Great write. I hope you do grow your own. Monsanto wants to supply the world with their food. Monsanto has Blackwater, also known as Xe Services on their payroll. I'm using almond milk instead of soy. Dairy is worse, in my opinion. Thank you for putting all this together. God bless!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Every time I read your Hubs I learn so much! Thank you so much for sharing all of this information - otherwise, I would not have a clue. So much to remember these days!!!

      Great Stuff! Thanks

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks Katie!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      I'm so thankful you did this research and wrote this report. In fact I'm going to share it now. When I saw the title I thought Oh My, I had forgotten to share this vital health alert. Thanks for much for doing so Rob. I'll have to link this to my Vegan Hubs. I know you won't mind!

      Great work! :) Katie

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks Darlene, you are right we do need to listen to our body, it knows. Thanks for reading and rating the dangers of soy. Talk to you soon- Rob

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Hello R, I can't believe this, it's so strange, I have always had a bad reation to soy so I never used it. It made my sick like MSG does to me. I read this and say, gee we need to listen to our bodies, don't ignore what you bodies is telling you. Thank you so much for all of this, Love love love this hub...rate up up up love & peace darski

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Katie I had no idea about this until about a month ago, I immediately thought of my Mother who is vegetarian and of course you and the many other friends that I know who are vegetarian and vegan. I just had to research this, as I know that I have always been told that soy is extremely healthy and a great source of protein, I see many soy products in the store, I am glad i stumbled upon this and am better equipped to make safer and smarter decisions as well.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      This is very important! the dangers of soy are real and yet with a little education and knowledge, such as you've provided, we can all eat soy safely.

      My daughters both are very good about making certain they check product information and only buy safe soy products. My daughters are big fans of soy. Thanks!

      Great report on the safety of soy!

      Katie

      Thank you

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks cheapsk8chick, I too would not have a problem staying away from soy that is not fermented, I just find it crazy that its everywhere, and tired of certain products being advertised as the best thing on earth, will heal all sorts of disease, feed the entire world at low cost, and then years later oh- there may be all these bad side effects. I like to stay with whats pure and simple.

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      cheapsk8chick 6 years ago

      Living in Iowa, they have commercials for soybean seed all the time (I know, weird, right? I'd never seen anything like it before moving here!) One of the things many of them tout is not being genetically modified, so I guess that really is a concern to many people, including the farmers.

      It wouldn't be much for me to take unfermented soy out of my diet - I try to stay away from the stuff!

      Voted & rated! Great writing!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Your welcome Bob, I was just recently made aware of this, and considering I have many friends and family members who are vegetarian and use soy products as their main source of protein, I needed to research it some more- very alarming. Thanks for the read.

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      Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

      I have been following this story for sometime now, thanks for this hub.