If you don't know, now you know....this is for all those who drink soy milk, eat tofu, or consume any products that use soy and claim it is a 'healthy' option...POP! I am now going to burst your bubble... I'm not a doctor, biologist, certified nutritionist (although in process of getting that!) BUT this is information gathered that is relevant and true to the best of my (and other certified doctors, nutritionists, etc.) knowledge. Take this information and use it to change or not change your diet, it is up to you (and you may also want to speak with your primary care physician before changing your diet). BUT I care about me, my family, my friends, my readers, and anyone who breathes and I want to spread the warning about soy!
It is unfortunate but true, here in the U.S. and all over the world, there are so many food and beverage options available to us in this modern technologically advanced world which are harmful to our well-being. A LOT of companies and products claim to be 'health products'. BUT do your homework first before taking their word over what un-biased research tells us.
I used to eat tofu, tempeh, soy milk. I was so happy that I found soy and soy found me...low fat, you can make tofu taste like anything and it isn't animal protein, soy milk replaced my dairy (after I found out that dairy was not meant for humans and has adverse health effects)...and then one sunny day, my world fell apart...Okay, my world didn't fall apart BUT I found out that soy is secretly NOT that great for my body! Damnit!!!!!!!!!!!!
Like many others, I wanted to get to and maintain a healthy weight/physique. I wanted my body to operate at optimal well being and capacity. I wanted energy, strength, a long life, yada, yada, yada. No, really, health is SO important to me and should be to you, it affects everything you do and how much you can enjoy your life. Everything you consume should be taken into consideration as to how it will positively or negatively affect your well-being.
Soy...the unfortunate truth. No matter if your soy is organic or GMO, it contains 'anti-nutrients', toxins and plant hormones.
- Protease inhibitors that interfere with protein digestion
- Phytates which block mineral absorption (zinc, calcium and iron deficiencies)
- Lectins & Saponins that lead to gastrointestinal and immune disorders
- Oxalates which can promote kidney stones
- Oligosaccharides (cause gas)
- Phytoestrogens or Plant Estrogens - "strong enough in numbers to cause significant endocrine disruption, leading most often to hypothyroidism with its symptoms of weight gain, fatigue, brain fog and depression". And cause fertility problems!
What the?! POP went my bubble of love for soy. All along I was shopping at the supermarket with a big smile on my face, picking out all these soy products, when little did I know I was harming my body and my ability to achieve my optimal wellness! If you want more in depth information about soy, I have included one of the articles written by a doctor that I read about the adverse affects of soy. SOY IS BAD FOR YOU ARTICLE.
So, if you have been complaining about your inability to lose weight, you think...do I have a thyroid problem?, or are eating soy daily...now you know! Soy is in SO MANY foods on the shelf in your grocery store, so check the ingredient list. Unfortunately, "soy is now an ingredient in more than 60% of the foods sold in supermarkets and natural food stores, with much of it hidden in products where it wouldn't ordinarily be expected, such as in fast-food burgers, breads and canned tuna" (SOY IS BAD FOR YOUR ARTICLE).
What to eat now? Use whey protein as a protein supplement for shakes and meal replacement. I use unsweetened Almond milk in my coffee and shakes. Whole foods, no more processed crap. Read the ingredient list on everything you eat. And for all of you who are vegetarians...combine nuts, seeds, unprocessed grains, beans to make sure you are getting complete protein.
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Health & Happiness, Nat