For decades, people mainly thought that dairy products specifically from cows are the main cause of so many people contracting breast cancer and other kinds of cancers because of the pesticides in them. Thus, most of these health-conscious people replaced cow’s milk with soybean milk as a substitute.
Little did they know that soybean or soy milk and other soy-based products also have their own “hidden dangers” to health – sometimes, much more dangerous than cow’s milk.
What are these hidden dangers of soy?
First, let’s explain what are the ingredients of soy milk. Basically, it contains whole soybeans, filtered water, cane sugar, Carrageenan, sea salt, calcium carbonate, natural flavors, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Riboflavin (B2) and Vitamin B12.
Soy milk composition looks great – but here’s the thing!
Soy have plant estrogens called phytoestrogens which may alter a woman’s endocrine functions, leading to breast cancer and infertility in women. Phytoestrogens also have anti-thyroid functions which cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer.
Also, soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer.
Actually, soybeans and soy products contain high levels of phytic acid that prevents the natural assimilation by the body of calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, and zinc.
Soybeans have the highest levels of phytate of any legume or grain studied and consumed today. Phytates bind to magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium in your intestines. Unfortunately, phytates also take out these minerals from your body.
These soy products possess high levels of toxic aluminum which disastrously affects the nervous system, including our kidneys. It has also been linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Soybeans are reported to possess lots of natural toxins or “anti-nutrients”.
According to some test, drinking 2 glasses of soy milk daily can drastically alter a women’s menstrual cycle.
Soy has goitrogens, which are a kind of substance that disrupts the production of thyroid hormones and interferes with iodine absorption in the thyroid gland. Actually, it is important that the body can absorb sufficient iodine to have a healthy thyroid. Thus, it can disrupt the thyroid gland’s ability to produce thyroid hormones that will absorb the much-needed iodine.
Moreover, soy contains the isoflavones Genistein and Daidzein. These isoflavones can stimulate existing breast cancer growth. This only means that soy increases the risk of developing more cancerous tumors for women with breast cancer.
Therefore, risk of developing cancer and other health diseases is heightened because 80% of soy available in the market now are genetically modified. Soy increases the body’s need for Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D (it impedes the body’s capability to absorb the Vitamin B12).
Other problems caused by soy or soybean milk in the body are:
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Loss or lower libido because of improper balance of estrogen to testosterone
- Premature puberty and other human development disorders
- Reproductive disorders
- Brain damage
Food-grade carrageenan in soy milk can cause gastrointestinal inflammation, ulcerations, lesions and colon cancer in lab animals. This is according to many scientific studies. And in a recent study by the American Diabetes Association, food-grade carrageenan was proven to induce insulin resistance and glucose intolerance in mice.
Furthermore, the drinking of soy formula by babies has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.
How about you – do you have a personal anecdote about the use of soy in your daily diet? Any adverse health reactions? Share in the comments below!