Know Your Soy ! Derivatives Lecithin, TVP, Soya Provide Protein but also Hormonal Effects Estrogen
Soy Is Widely Used But Is It Healthy ? Benefits Are There But So Are The Risks
Soy and its derivatives lecithin, soy monoglycerides, textured vegetable protein and others, are found in over 60% of all processed foods. Soy derived ingredients are useful in food preparation - In chocolates it separates cocoa from other ingredients and improves food texture. In frozen pizza crust it protects yeast against freezer damage while in breads and sauces it acts as a volumizer.
Benefits: Soy is high in protein making its use as a supplement popular among bodybuilders. It's also rich in vitamin K which aids in bone and tissue development, and isoflavones which have been shown to reduce cholesteral levels and cardiovascular disease.
Risks: Soy protein isoflavones also contain phyto-estrogens. Phytogestrogens can produce biological effects on the female reproductive system, directly by activating estrogen receptors and indirectly by effecting the availability of natural estrogen. For children fed soy milk it can be "like taking five or six birth control pills a day". The binding configuration of most estrogen receptors is not as specific as it is for other hormone receptors, making it easier for plant estrogens to mimic the human hormone. As well, soy protein isolate and soy lecithin are made using hexane, a neurotoxic by-product of crude oil.
more... In the United States 85% of the soybean crop is genetically modified compared to 59% globally. Surprisingly, there were no GM soybean plants until first introduced by Monsanto in 1996. To improve crop size, soybean plants were bioengineered using the herbicide glyphosate. No difference in foods labeled organic - Since organic sources of soy lecithin aren't available, the organic standards issued by the USDA permit the use of genetically modified soy lecithin in organic foods.
Indepth Look At Soy Lecithin and Soy's Other Derivatives
- Soy Lecithin Say It Ain't So-y ! Roundup Ready GMO, Organic Isoflavones, Side Effects Phytoestrogens
Overview of soy lecithin and other soybean oil derivatives. Lecithin is a common ingredient in processed foods, also Monsantos Roundup Ready herbicide resistance side effects. Soy linked to food allergies, benefits include proteins, fiber, isoflavone