Soy May Be Dangerous To Your Health!
It seems like most people are trying their best these days to live as healthful a life as possible. Nearly everyone has heard about the many benefits of soy. According to WebMD, soy is linked to a lower risk of breast and endometrial cancers, but many of the other health advantages have yet to be proven, such as improving heart health.
WebMD reports some advantages to the intake of soy products in regard to menopausal symptoms, and that soy can be beneficial in cognitive function to women under age 65, but has no advantage for women over 65. The Mayo Clinic agrees with this report.
The Cleveland Clinic, considered America’s top heart hospital, disagrees with the Mayo Clinic and WebMD when it comes to heart health and soy products. The Cleveland Clinic recommends soy products for boosting a person’s heart health. Clearly there is controversy among medical specialists.
Many Nutritionists Seem To Agree -- With Each Other, But Not With The Medical Community
Karen Brimeyer, is a nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner who specializes in genetic nutrition, and balancing hormones. When preparing for a wellness class she was going to teach, Brimeyer toured a conventional grocery store in order to have suggestions ready for her students as to what would be good food choices from their regular grocery stores. Brimeyer normally recommends farmer’s markets, health food stores, and food co-ops.
Brimeyer writes that she was all but in a panic when she could find nothing at all in the regular grocery store that she could recommend to her students. Everything she picked up had ingredients that were unhealthful, especially soy!
Roz Burnham, a certified metabolic nutritionist, also claims that unfermented soy products are dangerous to your health. She says soy derived products now include 60% of the processed food products on your grocery store shelves. To see an extensive list of all the dangerous substances Burnham says are contained in soybean products, click here.
Why Is Soy Included In So Many Processed Foods?
Soy is easy and inexpensive to grow – also, easy to process. Brimeyer says, however, that soy is a long way from being the super food it is often portrayed to be. In fact, it can be toxic to both animals and humans if not prepared correctly. Soy is often used as a filler in processed meat products, and it is an ingredient in soups, bakery goods, margarines, salad dressings and more.
The Cleveland Clinic recommends 4 soy foods to improve heart health: soymilk, soy cheese, soy nuts, and soy tofu.
What Is The Correct Way To Prepare Soy So It Will Not Be Toxic To Humans?
Brimeyer says: “The only properly prepared soy is fermented soy; Natto, Miso, Tamari and tempheh. Soy is linked to autoimmune thyroid disease, infertility, female hormone imbalances, breast cancer, hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer, just to name a few. I can’t tell you how many clients I see with thyroid disease.”
The Food Renegade website seems to be in agreement with Karen Brimeyer. They claim just the opposite of all the medical clinics referenced here, and they say feeding soy formula to babies is equivalent to giving your baby 4 birth control pills every day because of all the phytoestrogens soy naturally contains.
What are phytoestrogens? They are defined by wiktionary.org as “Any of a range of various compounds found in plants that function similarly to estrogens”
Says the Food Renegade: “No one argues, for example, that a leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, and low libido is unopposed estrogen, or estrogen dominance. Why, then, would anyone argue that we should consume more of a food high in estrogen?”
A very controversial subject as you can see. Unfortunately, I have no answers to this conundrum. There would seem to be good arguments on both sides.
Since I do myself suffer from thyroid disease and have frequently eaten soy products previously, I cannot help but wonder if eating those products contributed to my problem. As I see it, it may be better to avoid soy in order to avoid making matters worse for myself. If I did not already have thyroid disease, I might still avoid soy because it may be better to be overcautious than sorry. Everyone must make his or her own decision.
Hopefully there will be an answer to this controversy before much more time passes. It is certainly understandable that the soy industry can afford to lobby on its own behalf as the Food Renegade author, and Karen Brimeyer say. What do you, my readers, think? There would seem to be no wrong answer here since there is no definitive answer from the medical/scientific community on this issue. Will you eat soy, or avoid it?