Soy What?

Do you go out of your way to ask for healthier alternatives when eating out? Did you order your usual tall,skinny, vanilla, soy latte this morning, in an attempt at making a healthy choice? Many of us have been fooled by the constant advertising on how “healthy” soy products are as an alternative to cow’s milk. Whether you are a vegan, lactose intolerant or simply just trying to eat healthy foods for your wellbeing, say no to soy!

Over 90% of soy products are GMO (genetically modified) and fall into the category of “Herbicide Tolerant.” These are genetically engineered to endure the process of herbicides, which would normally kill the plants. This means that more and more chemicals are being sprayed on our crops and affecting the environment around us.

What exactly is in soy that’s so bad?

Phytic acid: This is a substance that is found in grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and inhibits the absorption of nutrients. Nutrients such as, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc can be lacking in your body if you are consuming many types of soy products on a daily basis. All beans have this acid in them but can normally be soaked or steamed to reduce the amount present. The difference is that Soya beans are more difficult to remove this acid and only through fermentation can the acid level be lowered. For this reason there is a high concern on the health risks for babies who are consuming soy-based infant formulas.

Isoflavones: Fermented soy products like miso (thick soy paste) and tempeh (chewy, meaty tofu like soy product) are very rich in isoflavones. These compounds are also known as “phytoestrogens” because they are plant-derived and can display weak estrogenic activity; another reason why infants should not consume soy based products. There is a lot of controversy about this chemical compound, but it is said to cause  hormonal imbalance and suppress the thyroid.

 

The harmful process of soy milk:

The soy beans are put through an intense process in order to create soymilk. They are washed in alkaline or boiled in a petroleum-based solvent, and can be bleached, deodorized and infused with additives. Then they are heated and compressed into flakes to be mixed with water to make milk. Not to mention that the aluminum tanks leach high levels of aluminum into the final product. Sounds healthy, right?

Although over 60% of the foods available in our grocery stores contain soy-based products, it is important for you to read the labels and limit your daily consumption. A great substitute is to have Rice or Almond Milk instead. If you’re lacking in protein, try consuming whole grains and protein smoothies instead!

To learn how to make your own Almond Milk at home, coming soon!

Brought to you by your Health Nut,

Nikky

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