For those of you who’ve made the dietary change of replacing dairy with soy based products because you were told Soy is a healthy alternative, this blog may well rain on your parade!
When first introduced into the US as a major crop in the 20th Century, Soy was said to have been believed to combat cancer. However, with new evidence, Soy is now known to have many negative health impacts and we at Raw Café say it should be avoided. Read on to decide for yourself.
One of the biggest worries about Soy is how 90% of Soy grown in the US is genetically modified. Genetically modified (GM) Soy means that the beans have been specially grown so that the toxic pesticide ‘Roundup’ will be resisted. This means that the beans themselves are loaded with this chemical, thus you’ll be loading your body with it if eating US-produced Soy (GM not limited to only US!). In addition to this, Soy Production companies also insert genes from bacteria into the genes of the soybean plant, which produce a protein which is completely foreign to the human body. Thereby turning soy into an unnatural food source for humans.
Here’s a list of ‘nasties’ you may not have known are present in Soy.
1. Firstly, Soy contains lots of natural toxins, also known as “anti-nutrients”. These act as enzyme inhibitors, which block the work of our protein-digesting enzymes which results in poor digestion and therefore poor health.
2. Soy also contains haemagglutinin, a substance which promotes blood clots by clumping red blood cells together. This action hugely interferes with our red blood cell’s ability to absorb oxygen and distribute it properly throughout our bodies.
3. Another nasty found in Soy is Isoflavones. Isoflavones are a kind of phytoestrogen which bears resemblance to the human compound estrogen. Phytoestrogens block the hormone estrogen and has serious effects such as causing infertility and accelerating breast cancer in women.
4. Soy contains toxic levels of aluminum. Before consumption, soy beans are acid-washed in large aluminum tanks and aluminum particles from these tanks then get absorbed into the beans themselves.
5. Carcinogens are also present in Soy products, in the form of Nitrites. These are formed during the spray-drying process and are certainly not something humans should be consuming on a daily basis!
So, if you’ve been using Soy as a “healthy alternative” to dairy products, it might be time to rethink that strategy. However, if you’re worried about cutting soy products completely from your diet, we can recommend any nut based products, such as almond milk, almond/macadamia nut butter. Nut based milks and butters cannot be compared to Soy products in terms of their nutritional make up.