Soy is known as a versatile food that can easily be found in products like ice cream or meat. Because it is relatively inexpensive product, soy has also been touted as a way to help eliminate world hunger. However, there are many misconceptions about the health benefits of soy. Now it is time to find out the truth.
Here are five reasons why you should avoid soy and soy products in your diet:
Fact 1: Soy increases the level of toxicity in your body. Soy plants in cultivation are sprayed with chemicals that contain high amounts of pesticides and contribute to toxic the body more than usual. Furthermore, processing of aluminum Soy products, can damage the kidneys and nervous system. The processing also produces lysinoalanine, which can cause kidney damage and nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.
Fact 2: Soy can cause hypothyroidism. Soy contains goitrogens, which are compounds that can lead to hypothyroidism and increase the risk of thyroid cancer. These compounds are associated with autoimmune thyroid disease in people who used to be fed with soy milk as babies. Soy causes inhibition of thyroid peroxidase, i.e. the enzyme that is essential for the synthesis of T3 and T4 hormones. Undesirable effects of this disease include obesity, low blood pressure, lowering effect and slowness.
Fact 3: Soy blocks mineral absorption. Soy has a high content of antioxidants compounds called phytates, which are known to inhibit the absorption of both macro-minerals (such as calcium and magnesium) and minerals (such as iron and zinc).The more phytates is in the diet of the child, the greater incidence of problems will occur during their growth. Unfortunately, there is no way to reduce the phytates acid content of soy by sprouting, soaking or slow cooking.
Fact 4: Soy is associated with neurotoxicity. Products or baby food which is intended for infants contain 80 times more manganese than breast milk and excessive content of manganese is associated with neurotoxicity.
Fact 5: Soy increases cardiovascular stress. Hemagglutinin is composed in soy. This compound is famous for creating aggregate of red blood cells, which means that they are bound together in a larger mass. Aggregation reduces the flow of blood flow and increases cardiovascular stress.
These are all good reasons to eliminate or at least reduce your consumption of soy. However, you are faced with a challenge, because soy is an ingredient that is included in many food products, ice cream, pasta, bread, margarine, fast food burgers and even vegetable oil.