Food Addictions That Kill: Soy

Soy is not a food that is addictive, however it is a killer. Like I stated in my post about sugar, if you see a theme of a particular product being used in everything that you eat then the agenda is on. Look at your food labels. Just like sugar, there is soy or some form of a soy derivative in everything that you buy. And just like sugar, the consequences on your health can be catastrophic.

As I became more health conscious and decided to become vegan, I started to search for plant proteins. Many websites were promoting soy as a versatile protein alternative. I also began to pay more attention to the labels on my food. I noticed that soy was in everything and under many aliases. Soy lecithin, soy pectin, soybean oil, miso, tempeh, edamame, and etc. I began to research soy and not only is it in everything now, but this highly genetically modified plant is a horror for your long term health.

Soy has numerous dangerous toxins such as phytic acid, phytoestrogens, hemaglutinin, and trypsin inhibitors. Theses toxins appear to be the root cause of the many health ailments associated with long term soy consumption. A list of some of the known health hazards of soy are:

  • Increased infertility in women
  • Decreased libido in men
  • Heavy menstrual cycles
  • Abnormal function of endocrine system
  • Kidney issues
  • Increased risk of bladder cancer
  • Increased risk of breast cancer
  • Increased risk of endometrial cancer
  • Pancreatic issues
  • Prohibits absorption of vital minerals
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Blood clots
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Gout

Again soy can be found in so many of the foods that we buy such as:

  • Bean sprouts
  • Bread crumbs, cereals and crackers
  • Breaded foods
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), hydrolyzed soy protein (HSP) and hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Imitation dairy food
  • Infant formula, follow-up formula, nutrition supplements for toddlers and children
  • Meal replacements
  • Meat products with fillers, for example, burgers and prepared ground meat products
  • Mexican foods, for example, chili, taco fillings and tamales
  • Miso
  • Nutrition supplements
  • Sauces, for example, soy, shoyu, tamari, teriyaki, Worcestershire
  • Simulated fish and meat products, for example, surimi, imitation bacon bits, vegetarian burgers
  • Stews, for example, in gravies
  • Tempeh
  • Vegetarian dishes
  • Baked goods and baking mixes
  • Beverage mixes, for example, hot chocolate and lemonade
  • Canned tuna and minced hams, for example, seasoned or mixed with other ingredients for flavor
  • Chewing gum
  • Cooking spray, margarine, vegetable shortening and vegetable oil
  • Dressings, gravies and marinades
  • Frozen desserts
  • Lecithin
  • Milled corn
  • Meat products with fillers, for example, preprepared hamburger patties, hotdogs and cold cuts
  • Seafood -based products and fish
  • Seasoning and spices
  • Snack foods, for example, soy nuts
  • Soups, broths, soup mixes and stocks
  • Soy pasta
  • Spreads, dips, mayonnaise and peanut butter
  • Thickening agents
  • Mono-diglyceride
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) (may contain hydrolyzed protein)

There are a few ways that we can try to avoid soy as much as possible:

  • Read your food labels meticulously
  • Learn the many names for soy and soy derivatives
  • Buy organic if possible (organic processed food can also contain soy but at least it’s not genetically modified)
  • Take your health and stomach out of the kitchen of restaurants
  • Prepare meals consisting of whole foods

I understand this might be a lot of information to absorb, but it’s very important. Knowing the ingredients in your food and the side effects of consuming these products is vital. We must be honest with the fact that the health of the people in America is piss poor. I read articles about how so many children and young people are morbidly obese, have high blood pressure, juvenile diabetes, cancer, and other health conditions that were once associated with older people. No one is expected to know all of this information overnight, but the idea is to begin a process of eating better today than you were yesterday. That allows for you to take small steps everyday in learning new information on healthy eating.

 

 

 

 

 

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