Saturday, October 27, 2007

Spilling the Beans on Soy

Please forward this to anyone you believe it will help


Just recently my mom showed me an article she found in The Globe and Mail on soy foods.

My initial reaction before reading it was that they're probably not going to say much, just the general politically correct stuff you normally here. You know, soy is a complete protein, its low in cholesterol (but as some of you may know cholesterol isn't bad, but in fact is good), contains fiber, high in isaflavones, good for the heart and lowers cholesterol, etc.

Once I read the article I was pleasantly surprised that a mainstream publication would write, not on the benefits of soy, but on the dangers. I've included a few of the points discussed in the article which I believe will not only benefit you, but surprise you as well.

-75 to 89 percent of soybeans grown in North America are genetically modified. GM soy is present in approximately 60 percent of processed foods - usually as filler or oil. Also soybeans are heavily laden with pesticides.

-115 degrees Celcius is the temperature to which soybeans are heated in the production of commercial soy milk in an attempt to remove trypsin inhibitors, but the phytate content remains largely intact. (Phytates block the absorption of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper in the intestinal tract.)

-5 is the equivalent number of birth-control pills a day that babies are fed exclusively on soy formula according to a British toxicologist's calculations. (Isaflavones, also known as phytoestrogens, produce estrogen-like effects in the body and have been linked to a number of cancers especially estrogen-related cancers.)

If you are going to eat soy, eat only organic (so its not GM and isn't laden with pesticides), fermented soy such as miso, tempeh, or natto.

If you know anyone who consumes any soy product please forward this information to them.

For more information about the dangers of soy please visit

The Globe and Mail, Life Section, Friday Oct. 26, 2007.

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