Before you immediately jump onto the name calling, and inane labeling highway, lets take a moment to dissect everything you need to know about the controversial bean. At the end of this article, you will discover helpful resources and my personal experience with soy as a woman.
Below I answer some of the most common questions asked by both men and women alike.
- Why is fermented soy better for you?
- Fermented or Unfermented?
- Vitamins in fermented soy: Vitmain K2 (for improvement in bones, immunity boost, arteries, muscles, calcium, cramps, vascular flow. It is better than K1 which you find in greens.)
- Vitamin PQQ (for the skin) (Via Link)
- In one cup of Natto (soaked/boiled soybean coated with bacteria), the nutrition is abundant in: Protein: 31.0 gManganese: 134%Iron: 84%Copper: 58%Magnesium: 50%Calcium: 38%Potassium: 36%Zinc: 35%Phosphorus: 30%Selenium 22% (Via Link)
- It contains high amounts of protein
- While soy in general is a very common allergen, through the fermentation process it becomes an anti-allergen. (Via Link)
- Exceedingly high in isoflavones, which work wonders for women who suffer from hormone imbalances, PCOS, and menopause or post-menopause symptoms.
- Why is GMO soy the deadliest form of soy on the market?
- “The problem is that the soy that you are seeing in all these foods is not the traditionally grown crop of Japan. The majority of soy that you find in in grocery stores is actually genetically modified or GMO, and is not farmed the same way or yielding the same nutrition.” -Dr. Axe (Via Link)
- “Soybeans are heavily treated with pesticides and often grown with genetically modified seeds. Toxins from conventionally grown soybeans can accumulate in your body over time, so Dr. Dixie Mills of Women to Women suggests you purchase organic soy foods and those clearly marked “non-GMO.”-(Via Link)
- Roundup and Soy
- Roundup & Soy again
- “..more than 90 percent of the soybeans churned out on US farms each year are genetically engineered to withstand herbicides, nearly all of them involving one called Roundup. Organic production, by contrast, is marginal—it accounts for less than 1 percent of total American acreage devoted to soy.”-MotherJones.com (US Department of Agriculture)
- Why Roundup is deadly?
- GOV site about Roundup
- Is organic really important when pertaining to soy? What’s wrong with non-organic soy?
- Tofu and your brain
- Myths about soy
- Fermented soy is the best according to a multitude of studies.
- Brain damage with non-organic Soy
- “The most serious problem with soy may be its use in infant formulas. “The amount of phytoestrogens that are in a day’s worth of soy infant formula equals 5 birth control pills,” says Mary G. Enig, Ph.D., president of the Maryland Nutritionists Association. She and other nutrition experts believe that infant exposure to high amounts of phytoestrogens is associated with early puberty in girls and retarded physical maturation in boys.”-(Via Source)
- It interferes with enzymes, brain connectivity, growth, hormones, reproduction, Alzheimer’s, toxicity, Parkinson’s disease, brain chemical imbalances, thyroid gland, mineral absorption, and more.
- Can both genders consume the same amount of soy?
- Short answer, no.
- Long answer: Humans shouldn’t be consuming as much soy as is used in nearly every fast food chain or product anyway.
- “In men, soy lowers testosterone levels leading to a decreased sex drive.”-Source
- Controversial article on soy
- While many health experts will argue at that soy in general is either toxic or causes more problems than complete avoidance. I concur that it is the non-organic, pesticide laced soy in which the root of the problem derives. -Faith
- Women need more estrogen then men, but both men and women have estrogen. With too much soy, men acquire more estrogen than there bodies were able to handle at a healthy level.
- “Current evidence suggests that excessive intake of soy protein may lead to decreased testosterone/estrogen ratio and attributed side effects in men…”Source
- But.. JAPAN!
- “In truth, the Japanese eat less soy than Americans do. A 1998 study found that a Japanese man typically eats about two teaspoons, or eight grams, of soy a day. This is in stark contrast to recent figures for Americans. One soy burger alone provides nine grams of soy, and soy can now be found in some form in nearly every processed food.”-Mercola.com Link
- “Japanese researchers studied effects on the thyroid from soybeans administered to healthy subjects. They reported that consumption of as little as 30 grams (two tablespoons) of soybeans per day for only one month resulted in a significant increase in thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which is produced by the brain’s pituitary gland when thyroid hormones are too low. Their findings suggested that “excessive soybean ingestion for a certain duration might suppress thyroid function and cause goiters in healthy people, especially elderly subjects.”-Mercola Link
- What are the benefits of soy?
- It contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals, and necessary proteins.
- It can also be used to destroy PCOS! Healing PCOS (I recommend only organic/NON-Gmo soymilk, otherwise it can worsen your condition.)
- It can lower some cancers, improve fertility, reduce menopause symptoms, and good for your heart. –Source
- This article was directed towards non-organic soy, and never mentioned organic soy’s benefits. These negatives are merely a side effect of the Roundup and GMO factor. Livestrong link about soy
- What smart choices you can make to avoid “evil soy” or soy in general?
- You can start by raiding your kitchen. Removing as much products that contain GMO-soy as possible. Look in your spice cabinet too, many spices contain soy when you’d least expect it.
- “Being a subsidized food crop, soy is incredibly cheap and is used to make stabilizers, appearance enhancers, and emulsifiers. The majority of soy is also genetically modified, so if the soy you’re eating isn’t organic, chances are you are eating a Frankenfood product.”-Source
- Click this link to get a basic description on what to search in your house for the deadly soy fillers: Foods that contain soy
- What happens when you eat soy?
- Why is soy an allergen?
- Soy is a common, cheap filler. That is why it is so often used by big companies in everything from buns to meat itself.
- The Evil Soy Foster Parent-Roundup
- “In the interview above, Dr. Seneff summarizes the two key problems caused by glyphosate in the diet: Nutritional deficiencies, Systemic toxicity.”-Source
- The systemic toxicity leads to new allergies, diseases, illnesses, and even death.
- What companies deny the toxicity? Harvard, government funded GMO research programs, and other gov sponsored organizations. (AKA, not trustworthy.)
- Fillers in Foods-Soy
- Common foods that contain soy
- With the over intake of GMO-soy, it has created an allergen effect into most of our systems. Whether it is GMO, non-organic, or both, the risks of cancer and other internal issues raise dramatically over a long period of use.
- Are you allergic to GMO soy?
- “Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents report that an estimated 0.2 percent of Americans are allergic to soy, although definitive studies assessing the prevalence of soy allergy are lacking.”-Source
- Moms to EPA, Recall Monsanto Roundup
- EU refuses limited use of glyphosate (Roundup)
- Disturbing Facts about Monsanto
- GE cause of certain food allergens
- Summary: Monsanto only cares about monitary gains, not its human or animal users/victims. Many allergies are actually triggered by these chemical compounds either in the womb, or after constant use to later in life.
- Also, how soy is making men feminine, and women hormonally imbalanced?
- Well, as the research shows above and below, soy contains certain compounds: “Soy contains phytoestrogens, compounds that can disrupt hormones. Women in particular are at an increased risk from the many hormone-disrupting substances found in soy.”-Source
- “Soy contains isoflavones that act as estrogen mimickers, an aspect that can have both positive and negative effects.”-Source
- Positives for women? High sex drive, and increased fertility. Probable negatives (depending whether or not it is GMO or organic/non-organic)? Early puberty, and cancer. –Source
- The complete summary of many myths on soy you may have heard, including the truths. Myths and Truths: Dr. Hyman
Together I have compiled some more worthy articles that will drive you crazy with pure facts:
- Effects of Soy in General
- Negative Soy Effects for Men
- Dr. Axe is Soy Bad For You?
- Dr. Oz, the Good, Bad, and the Best (about soy)
- All About Soy
- Truth behind the FDA
- Truth behind the EPA
- Pets avoid soy
- Babies avoid soy
My personal experiences with Non-GMO and organic soy? Only good.
I don’t get PMS cramps while on it, only two days prior and it is mild. Most women have hellacious cramps, so their only getaway is to chug Midol like there is no tomorrow. When I first started my lady time as a young teen, I had cramps. However when I removed dairy completely from my diet, and switched to a coconut milk/or soy milk diet my world changed for the good. My hormones seem much more in control, and my body feels better. As a woman, the benefits are overflowing with Non-GMO and organic soy consumption. So, I will continue to enjoy it for a very long time. However, for the men, It is highly recommended to avoid as much soy as possible in order to maintain a healthy balance of testosterone and estrogen.
In the world we live in, government couldn’t give a damn about our health no matter the country. Power, prestige, and money is the name of the game according to our FDA and EPA. With that in mind, be very careful who you listen to, and what articles you believe.
The conclusion? Men, avoid soy as much as you can, even if it is organic. The last thing you want is low testosterone, ED, and other (physically, sexually, and mentally) damaging issues. Women, moderately intake Non-GMO/organic soy. Animals, and babies need to avoid soy at all costs.
I hope you enjoyed this read, and learned much! Comment any opinions, or questions. I love a good challenge. Xoxo
*many of the above quotes and resources are not owned by Faith or Faith’s Fact, and the links may not directly reflect the views of Faith.