Soy : Not The Good Food We Once Thought
By James Donahue
There has been a world-wide movement, mostly among the youth, to pursue a healthy life style through
yogi, regular exercise, seeking spiritual enlightenment and eating healthy foods.
For many the quest for healthy food resulted in a vegetarian diet, without the consumption of meat,
or such animal products as milk, eggs and cheese. This led to a scramble for alternative sources of protein, since our bodies
require certain levels of protein in our diet so we can get the complex assortment of amino acids needed to keep everything
The answer was found in the lowly soy bean, a high protein product long used as animal feed but
rarely accepted as food for humans. That is because raw soybeans taste terrible. But human ingenuity being what it is, as
soon as there was a perceived market for soy, it did not take long before ways were found to convert soybeans into a variety
of tasty dishes and alternative meat products readily available on our grocery shelves.
We can find soybean products that taste exactly like chicken, beef, pork and a variety of other
meats. We can get soy powders to mix with chili and other stews that make consumers think they are eating concoctions mixed
with ground hamburger. We even have soy milk and soy ice cream. Soy has become such a popular food source that many of our
packaged foods include soy. That is because soy, in addition to be a meat alternative, also is much cheaper than real meat
Today soy is a hidden ingredient found in many processed foods. It is extensively used in fast
food restaurants to cut the cost of producing hamburgers and other meat products. It is added to most supermarket breads and
can be found in dry pet foods. The stuff can be found in just about everything man and domestic animals now eat.
The rush to produce more soybeans became a boon to American farmers who were happy to have a new
cash crop to grow. Soy quickly became the new health food. Or so it was promoted. And it was not long before big business
interests got control of this exciting new product. Seed monopoly Monsanto Corporation developed genetically modified varieties
of soy. These new hybrid seeds were laced with pesticide and other substances that consumers were quick to reject. GMO soy,
which now dominates an estimated 95 percent of the U.S. agricultural market, has been listed with many other Monsanto GMO
seeds as “frankenfood.” Some European countries banned its use. Yet most people in America now consume the GMO
variety of soy.
Ian “Doc” Shillington, who makes a living promoting and selling natural healing foods,
has written about how difficult it has been to find pure non-GMO soy on the American market. He said that even though his
marketing source assured him that the product he was selling was unadulterated and pure, when he tracked its source, he found
that it came from Dupont, another leading producer of GMO soy seed.
Shillington’s concern is that consumers are getting toxins added by Dupont or Monsanto in
the soy they consume. But new research is beginning to reveal that Americans may have rushed too quickly and blindly into
switching from meat to soybeans for their protein needs.
It seems that the Chinese first began eating soybeans about 2,500 years ago, but after the discovered
that fermentation neutralized the toxins in the beans that can make humans sick.
For instance, tofu, a soy concentrate used in foods, was once introduced to monasteries in China
to promote sexual abstinence. The Chinese found that Phytoestrogens in soy lower testosterone levels.
Researchers are finding that heavy consumption of unfermented soy can create a variety of other
health issues in both humans and domestic animals. They include:
--Phytic acid in soy reduces assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. This can
cause growth problems in children among other issues.
--Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders.
Tests with animals showed the inhibitors also resulted in stunted growth.
--The processing of soy as a food produces monosodium glutamate, a potent neurotoxin known to destroy
--Soy reduces the body’s ability to absorb Vitamins B-12 and D.
--Soy phytoestrogens are antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may be a cause of thyroid
cancer. They also disrupt endocrine function and may cause infertility and breast cancer in women.
--The processing of soy protein forms highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
--Soy contains high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and kidneys.
The bottom line to all of this is grim. If you suffer from low testosterone levels, low sperm count,
low sex drive, menopausal symptoms, pancreatic disorder, Crohn’s disease, Celiac’s disease, gluten intolerance,
thyroid or adrenal imbalance, endocrine system disorders, low energy, forgetfulness, lack of focus, depression or low levels
of Vitamin B-12, your consumption of soy may be the culprit.
There are other food substitutes that produce protein for the committed vegetarians, but none have
the promise once offered by soybeans. Returning to meat mass produced on big corporate American farms is a solution to personal
protein needs, albeit a troublesome one.
American’s big business interests appear to have done a good job of making a mess out of
the mass-produced foods we consume. We suggest that it may be time for the people to return to locally produced foods, grown
on the old-time mom and pop-owned neighborhood farms.