Soy lattes, soy burgers, soy cheese, soy milk. Man, oh man– it's a soy crazed world out there. Just wait until my book comes out and I remove the wool from everyone's eyes!
People, soy is so not good for you. Don't eat it. Seriously.
One of my favorite e-zines, Vital Juice Daily ran a story today on this very topic, check it out. So, I thought it was an important topic for me to address. I mean, is it fair to make you wait until August to read about the perils of soy in my book? I don't think so.
To sum up, I generally agree with what the Vital Juice Daily girls said in their article, but not entirely. Today's popular soy products are made from genetically modified (and usually non-organic) soy beans that offer us nada when it comes to nutrition. On top of it your favorite soy milk and soy cheese is so violently processed that it is actually harmful to your health.
Eating soy poses a threat to any woman who has a predisposition to or has had any estrogen-dependent disease (like breast cancer, ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts, fibroadenoma's, endometriosis, uterine fibroids…the list goes on).
Um, that's kind of like all of us!
In fact the intake of soy can worsen PMS, menstrual cramps, acne, bloating, gas and potentially increase your chances of infertility. Yuck.
It's also strongly recommended that any individual with a thyroid disorder avoid soy like its nobody's business as it can worsen your condition (and it's even been shown that soy intake can induce thyroid cancer in lab rats). Whoa.
Soy is also now ranked as one of the top ten most common food allergens. Watch out, it's in everything! Read your labels.
Men should avoid soy too as it can cause erectile dysfunction and some wacked out sperm issues. Yikes.
Babies shouldn't have it either. Did you know that one day's worth of a soy based baby formula has so much estrogen in it, it's the equivalent of giving a baby SIX birth control pills. Count 'em… SIX. OMG!
If you want more information on this topic, pick up Kaayla Daniels book, The Whole Soy Story.
My general recommendation is to avoid soy in all of its genetically engineered forms: soy flour, soy oil, soy protein isolate, soy crisps, soy milk, tofu and any tofu based product. If you're yearning for some soy, have some fermented soy in the form of miso or tempeh. Otherwise, skip it.
If you want more deets on this topic, sit tight… my book, Chill Out and Get Healthy! will be out in 6 months!
And, if you're just dying to ask me a soy related question, post one on the Chill Out and Get Healthy facebook page!