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Dangers of eating SOY based foods

You really shouldn't be eating soy.
What Makes Soy Such a Risky Food to Eat?

Here is a summary of soy's most glaring problems.

91 percent of soy grown in the US is genetically modified (GM). The genetic modification is done to impart resistance to the toxic herbicide Roundup. While this is meant to increase farming efficiency and provide you with less expensive soy, the downside is that your soy is loaded with this toxic pesticide. The plants also contain genes from bacteria that produce a protein that has never been part of the human food supply.

GM soy has been linked to an increase in allergies. Disturbingly, the only published human feeding study on GM foods ever conducted verified that the gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of our gut bacteria and continues to function. This means that years after you stop eating GM soy, you may still have a potentially allergenic protein continuously being produced in your intestines.

Even more frightening is the potential for GM soy to cause infertility in future generations, which has been evidenced by recent Russian research.
Soy contains natural toxins known as "anti-nutrients."

Soy foods contain anti-nutritional factors such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, protease inhibitors, oxalates, goitrogens and estrogens. Some of these factors interfere with the enzymes you need to digest protein. While a small amount of anti-nutrients would not likely cause a problem, the amount of soy that many Americans are now eating is extremely high.
Soy contains hemagglutinin.

Hemagglutinin is a clot-promoting substance that causes your red blood cells to clump together. These clumped cells are unable to properly absorb and distribute oxygen to your tissues.
Soy contains goitrogens

Goitrogens are substances that block the synthesis of thyroid hormones and interfere with iodine metabolism, thereby interfering with your thyroid function.
Soy contains phytates.

Phytates (phytic acid) bind to metal ions, preventing the absorption of certain minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc -- all of which are co-factors for optimal biochemistry in your body. This is particularly problematic for vegetarians, because eating meat reduces the mineral-blocking effects of these phytates (so it is helpful—if you do eat soy—to also eat meat).
Soy is loaded with the isoflavones genistein and daidzein

Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen, which is a plant compound resembling human estrogen. These compounds mimic and sometimes block the hormone estrogen, and have been found to have adverse effects on various human tissues. Soy phytoestrogens are known to disrupt endocrine function, may cause infertility, and may promote breast cancer in women.

Drinking even two glasses of soymilk daily for one month provides enough of these compounds to alter your menstrual cycle. Although the FDA regulates estrogen-containing products, no warnings exist on soy.
Soy has toxic levels of aluminum and manganese

Soybeans are processed (by acid washing) in aluminum tanks, which can leach high levels of aluminum into the final soy product. Soy formula has up to 80 times higher manganese than is found in human breast milk.
Soy infant formula puts your baby's health at risk.

Nearly 20 percent of U.S. infants are now fed soy formula, but the estrogens in soy can irreversibly harm your baby's sexual development and reproductive health. Infants fed soy formula take in an estimated five birth control pills' worth of estrogen every day.

Infants fed soy formula have up to 20,000 times the amount of estrogen in circulation as those fed other formulas!

There is also the issue of pesticides and genetic modification.

Soy foods are both heavily sprayed with pesticides and genetically modified (GM). More than 80 percent of the soy grown in the United States is GM. And more than 90 percent of American soy crops are GM.

Since the introduction of GM foods in 1996, we've had an upsurge in low birth weight babies, infertility, and other problems in the U.S. population, and animal studies thus far have shown devastating effects from consuming GM soy.

You may want to steer clear of soy products for no other reason than a commitment to avoiding GM foods... unless you wish to be a lab animal for this massive uncontrolled experiment by the biotech industry.

homepage: homepage: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/09/18/soy-can-damage-your-health.aspx

stop the anti-veg scare tactics already 05.Apr.2012 20:44


Soy in moderation is not bad, and probably even beneficial. You'll find as many positive studies as negative, same with eggs and many other foods. Most soy products like yogurt and soymilk are GM free - it will say on the label. Most soy in the US is grown to feed animals for humans to consume, not for primary soy products for humans. So if you're eating meat, you're getting your GM foods through them. I guess you'd better stop eating meat then, because you have no idea what junk those animals are being fed. Now get off your campaign to turn everyone into a meat eater and further wreck the environment.

True 05.Apr.2012 21:11


Thanks for posting. This is all true. Soy is junk.

.. 06.Apr.2012 00:17


Yes, because the only thing vegans eat is soy. That argument is sooo 2007

eat all of the paste you just said 06.Apr.2012 01:50


everything, including your sophomoric, ignorant antagonizing, kili, is bad in excess. there's no news in that and there's no fight here to be had. you sound as if an attractive vegan recently rejected your advances. don't insist on being such a failed human being and find a cause worthy of your energy. stop dividing people; we're all in this together.

the problem is not so much the soy 06.Apr.2012 06:46

some don't get it

The problem is the practices and the shit used to grow this stuff (along with so much of our food). Let me know next time, for dinner, you want roundup, or any of the plethora of chemicals that modern farming requires to produce our food, OK? By the way, how about corn? Ever hear of cross-polination? All one has to do is witness the lawsuits Monsanto has brought against farmers. Monsanto should be required to make their seeds sterile to protect their patent, not gather in farm subsidies and use the taxpayers money to protect themselves.

And are you so sure that those that aren't GM are labeled so? I would personally guess that very little of it is seriously assessed.

I'm a divider! 06.Apr.2012 07:46


I'm here to divide those living in a fairytale from those who want to do something that will actually save the plant.

Animals 06.Apr.2012 08:42


The planet is already trashed. The only thing to do now is stop current suffering as much as possible. Which is really the only thing we can do anyway. The best way for an individual today to stop current suffering is to stop eating meat and to start rescuing unwanted animals--the streets and shelters are full of them.

Some people believe that we must learn compassion for those weaker than us (animals) before we can learn compassion for others. The animals are totally at our mercy. How are you standing up to help them?

This is FUD 06.Apr.2012 14:20


Much of this is untrue, ex. the correlation between phytoestrogen and oestrogen has not yet been demonstrable, though dairy companies promote the idea, there is however a good deal, a dangerous amount, of actual animal female sex hormone (oestrogen) in dairy (think about the source here, this is a no brainer).

Yes most soy is GMO, most soy for human consumption (in fact all that I've seen thus far) is non-gmo and usually organic. So if you are worried about GMO soy stop supporting animal industry since non-humans are force-fed that 91% of GMO soy that kili is talking about here.

Many of the bad enzimes in soy are destroyed when cooked in wet-heat (boiling, steaming, etc) so soy-milk, tofu etc are largely outside this group in fact probably all human consumable soy is.

And that about destroys all of the point in this rather empty article. So if your worried about oestrogen, stop taking food from female animal sex organs dairy is far more estrogen-laden than any soy product. If your worried about GMO soy, well you probably aren't consuming it if you are eating vegan, though I'm sure that those soy additives to a lot of not vegan foods are likely GMO, also your meat is living on GMO soy. Pesticides? Well buy organic but also most soy products on the shelf are also organic, because many people that eat soy are health concious and demand it.

Why spread FUD rather than do research? Because you think that no one is going to call you out on it? Well probably on indymedia you're right, but anyone with half-a-brain and access to the internet can debunk this nonsense

(A) - 06.Apr.2012 17:00


thank you for the well reasoned response.

another perspective 07.Apr.2012 09:55

reposting from another website

The sources at the end of this article are to books that this article is based on.
The bottom line is that FERMENTED soy is ok (if it's organic, non-GMO etc.)
I've come across much of this info during my past 10 years of doing nutritional research, and believe it's validity.
But, as others have said, do your own research!


re:stop the anti-veg scare tactics already 09.Apr.2012 15:49

don't become what you hate ;)

I agree there's an irritating anti-vegan presence lately...see composted article here  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/04/414885.shtml

but the same type of clowns used to write hysterical anti-meat articles years ago. They did not stop people in the alternative community eating meat; articles like this will not stop people in the alternative community eating soy products.

One Size Doesn't fit all

The answer to any concerns is more education and researching healthy, sustainable alternatives whatever your diet,NOT starting diet crusades against whole categories of foods.

Now with a bit of tweaking this could have been a good article, like:

"If you eat Soy products, be aware of these risks...etc."

Instead it starts with leaderfaggotry (telling people what to do instead of giving them facts to decide)> "You really shouldn't be eating soy."

Followed by a bunch of alarming facts implying eating soy = eating GMO food..as if there was no possible way to eat soy without GMO.

Does the writer know about New Seasons? Do they even live in Portland?