Are you considering adding soy to your diet or even swapping out your conventional foods? There is certainly plenty of publicity concerning soy, including its health benefits. Here you will find out why you should avoid soy?
The sad fact is that this publicity has been generated by those looking to make a profit from soy. Are they really the ones best placed to look after your interests?
For many years it’s been presented as a healthy alternative to meat, with the ability to prevent heart disease, child obesity, cancer and even weight gain.
If the claims are true then we should all be eating it. Unfortunately, all is not as it seems. Here are some reasons why you should avoid soy.
What Is Soy
Soy is a miracle food, according to the soy production firms. On one hand they’re telling you that it will help you lose weight. On the other hand they’re telling farmers that it’s perfect for fattening up their animals. Can it really do both?
Soy is actually a vegetable but it has been genetically modified; it’s hard to find a non-modified soy plant anywhere in the world!
Soy is grown as a bean, and it is commonly added as a cheap protein to animal feed and ready meals.
Negative Side Effects Of Eating Soy
You might find it interesting to note that the soybean was considered unfit to eat until approximately 2,000 years ago; unlike most other vegetables.
More importantly, the ancient thinking appears to be correct. There are several reasons why you should avoid soy:
It Affects Your Thyroid Function In A Bad Way
Soya milk has become a popular alternative to cow’s milk, yet it is extremely low in iodine and contains goitrogens.
Goitrogens are present in all soy products, and act to depress your thyroid function.
Iodine is an essential mineral to your body; it is part of the production process for thyroid hormones. Without adequate supplies of iodine your body will not produce enough thyroid hormones.
These hormones are essential to a variety of functions in your body including controlling your metabolic rate. Insufficient amounts of these hormones will cause poor fetal development, fibrocystic breast disease and slow your metabolism.
Unfortunately, the slowing of your metabolism will make it extremely difficult for you to lose weight. In fact, low thyroid activity is often associated with weight gain.
Affects How You Absorb Nutrients
Soy has a high phylate content and research has shown that this compound prevents your body from absorbing magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium.
As magnesium is essential to over 300 processes in your body (including those associated with hormones and metabolism), preventing its absorption cannot be considered to be a good thing.
Can Causes Hormone Imbalances
Soy contains phytoestrogens. This is a compound which is present in small amounts in many plants. However, it can be found in exceptionally high amounts in soybeans.
The structure of phytoestrogen is very similar to the estrogen found in your body. In fact, it is close enough that your body cannot tell the difference.
The problem with consuming soy is that it will increase the level of estrogen in your body, and throw off the balance between estrogen and progesterone.
You might not think high estrogen is an issue, but consider this; research has shown that high levels of estrogen in women (and even in men), causes fat gain, bloating and water retention. Worse, the presence of fat cells in your body will encourage more fat cells to be created; using estrogen!
In short, soy can directly attribute to you gaining weight!
94% of the soybeans produced in the US are genetically altered. This means that they can withstand the massive amounts of pesticides and herbicides used to kill bugs and other plants.
The problem is that in doing this, glyphosate is added to the soybean. Glyphosate is a chemical which studies show is ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’.
A carcinogenic is a substance that causes cancer. Definitely one to avoid!
High Omega 6
Soybean oil contains a high level of omega 6. Unfortunately modern diets already contain too much omega 6 (it’s the omega 3’s we want more of!). As omega 6 is known to cause inflammation and encourage fat storage, this is not going to help you lose weight.
Products With Soy In
The most obvious products will say ‘with soy’ or even have soy in the name. However, any product which has these ingredients in it will also contain soy:
- Gum Arabic
- Guar Gum
- Soy lecithin
- Textured vegetable protein
There are many others with the word ‘soy’ in front of the ingredients, always check before you purchase!
Summing It Up
Despite excellent marketing by the manufacturers there is little doubt that soy has some serious side effects. These are not just detrimental to your goal of losing weight. They can also affect your general health and encourage you to gain weight.
The best advice in this situation is to avoid products with soy in. A balanced, nutritious diet is a far better option whether trying to maintain or lose weight. I hope this article on why you should avoid soy helps :) Xx