Soy — Health Food or Not?

It’s a controversial topic in the culinary world today — the perception some have that soy is a health food. Soybeans in the pod, you may know, look a little like short, puffy, green peas with peach fuzz on the outside. Representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced a boomerang-like decision on how soy protein should be viewed from now on. In fact, the agency is proposing to revoke its long-held stance that soy protein can lower your heart disease risk. The current claim, which you may have seen on various food packages, reads: “25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” Many health advocates claim soy must be good for you because Asian people — arguably one of the healthiest populations on the planet — have eaten it a lot, and have some of the lowest rates of heart disease, cancer and dementia worldwide, so, it appears, the rest of the world should eat soy protein products, too. However, the type of soy traditionally consumed by Asian people differs from that being heavily marketed in the U.S. Soy rose seemingly from nowhere into the American consciousness in the late 20th century. In 1999, the FDA allowed food producers to claim that soy protein was heart healthy, but continuing research has convinced government officials to take a closer look. Incidentally, there are 12 health claims sanctioned by the FDA for packaged foods, including the continued (and false) insistence that saturated fat is the culprit behind heart disease.

GMO Soy Is Scarier Than You Think

Roundup Ready soybeans, engineered to withstand its own blockbuster herbicide, contain more herbicide residues than their non-GMO counterparts. The team also found that the GM beans are nutritionally inferior.

Why Do Governments Recommend Toxic Soybeans Today When They Didn’t A Decade Ago?

Over 90% of soy is genetically modified, contains toxic phytochemicals, is linked to digestive distress, immune system breakdown, loss of libido, and more. Yet, governments seem to think that’s not a problem.

How Soy Might Decimate the Health of Your Unborn Baby and the Fertility of Future Generations

New research is showing the negative effects of plant estrogens, like the ones found in soy, on the mother's overall health, before and during pregnancy.

More Hidden Soy to Enter the Food Chain: Factory-farmed Fish Feed

People looking to avoid soy in their diet are consuming it in foods where it is not listed as an ingredient.

Soy protein from chicken feed present in egg yolks and chicken tissues

If you think you're allergic to eggs, it might be the soy protein from the feed that is present in almost all eggs.

Coconut oil not enough for Dr. to lose weight – had to quit soy also

I take coconut oil to control my blood sugar level so I don’t crave food or am constantly thirsty.

Does Soy Have a Dark Side?

The marketing of soy as a ‘health food’ has been so successful that few people realize that respected scientists have warned that possible benefits should be weighed against proven risks.

Is the Soy Myth Harming Your Health?

Might soy impair your sex drive to the point of being an aid to celibacy? Traditional wisdom says yes, and a fair amount of science backs it up.

by Dr. Mercola

Many studies have shown that soy’s estrogenic isoflavones interfere with the production and usage of testosterone in your body.

There’s also some evidence that soy can cause […]