You may think that avoiding the dangers of soy is just a matter of not buying soy products. Typical products you may find in your local grocery or health-food store include:
- Tofu: If you can find the fermented form of tofu, that’s great. But most tofu is not fermented and presents all the problems discussed previously.
- Soy Milk: Often used by people with lactose intolerance or who are avoiding saturated fats. In addition to the negatives of soy, this is a highly processed product. The processing adds even more dangers to it.
- Soy Cooking Oil: Another highly processed product treated with high heat and chemicals to make it useable.
Soy nuts, soy nut butter and edamame are other snack-like products you may find in your local health-food store.
Other highly processed soy products are found almost everywhere. From bread to diet protein drinks. These include:
- Soy flour
- Soy grits
- Textured soy protein
- Soy protein concentrates
- Soy protein isolate
- Hydrolyzed soy protein
- Soy lecithin
Start reading the ingredients list on the foods you buy and you will be amazed! Some ingredients go by other names, but don’t let that fool you. They most likely are from soy. These include:
- Textured vegetable protein
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
- Vegetable oil
If you’re a fast-food junkie, you may be exposing yourself to the dangers of soy and not even know it because most fast-food is made with some form of soy.
Not So Healthy
Those who promote the use of soy often do so with the best of intentions. There are a lot of health claims for soy. Unfortunately, there is little evidence apart from the benefits of fermented soy discussed previously.
Some researchers hoped that soy could help with some of the aging-related problems in women. This study found that it doesn’t. Other researchers hoped that soy could help with breast cancer, but one study found that it could make things worse.
Fans of soy may say that there are other studies that do show benefits to eating soy. I often have people comment “Yeah, they come out with a study that says one thing and then a year later, they come out with another that contradicts it!” It is confusing sometimes. But here’s the way I look at it:
Suppose someone tells you to jump over a cliff because there’s a nice pool of water a few feet below. It’s a hot day and it sounds inviting. Then another person comes along and tells you if you jump over that cliff, you’ll fall a thousand feet to the rocks below. Are you going to spend a lot of time contemplating who’s right? Or are you going to back away from the cliff !!
I’m not saying you’re going to die young by eating a little soy now and then. But I don’t think it’s a wise idea to be drinking gallons of soy milk, eating pounds of tofu or pigging out on junk food. It’s not good for your health or for losing weight. There are plenty of healthy and natural vegetables, fruits, nuts, and animal products to choose from and help you stay clear from the dangers of soy.
For more in-depth information on soy, I suggest reading The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN.