SoyMilk Is Not A Healthy Safe Alternative
Soymilk is widely popular among vegans who consider it a natural replacement for milk, it’s considered a “healthy to heart and low-fat food supplement” even though it’s a walking landmine of serious health issues.
What all ingredients make up SoyMilk?
Strangely enough, every ingredient of soymilk raise a lot of red flags
Soymilk is made out of Soymilk (Filtered Water, Whole Soybeans), Cane Sugar, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Natural Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B12.
You must be wondering what could be wrong with these ingredients, well the answer to your questions lies below, scroll down to read about it:
1. Genetically Modified Soy
According to reports by the US Department of Agriculture, almost 90% of soy grown in the USA is genetically modified to be resistant to Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp.
RoundUp ready crops pose a major threat to the human health and the environment.
These crops allow farmers to use larger quantities of toxic herbicide.
Soy crops have a concerning amount of glyphosate, an active ingredient of RoundUp and glyphosate is known to be a major factor in a number of serious health problems like cancer and autism.
2. Calcium Carbonate
When it comes to food products the sum of the ingredient is not equal to the whole. Soymilk may claim to have the same amount of calcium as regular milk but it doesn’t mean that the body absorbs it the same way it does with milk. The point is that calcium supplements are known to trigger heart problems.SOURCE
Our body is unable to use calcium without vitamin. Vitamin K2 is responsible for shuttling calcium to the bones and since soymilk completely lacks it, the body is unable to use the calcium which creates plaque in the arteries thus increasing the risk of heart disease- making soymilk more harmful than useful.
3. Phytoestrogens in Soy
Soy has a high content of phytoestrogens, phytoestrogens act as estrogen to the human body and although studies are highly contrasting to each other and biased by the soy industry soy milk is likely to cause hormone imbalances in the body.
The studies may be conflicting but it’s better to be safe now than sorry later. Take a look at the following research:
- Studies show infant who consumed soymilk had almost 13000-22000 times higher estrogen level. Judging by this study it’s safe to assume that soymilk does cause major hormone imbalances.
- A number of studies on animals(source) show that phytoestrogens in soy increase the risk of breast cancer.
- Researcher Kris in soy research pointed out, “every study I looked at that showed a beneficial effect, the study was either sponsored by the soy industry, or the authors had some kind of financial ties to the soy industry.” He also discusses that studies showing benefits of soy consumption are often observational studies, which are often unreliable.
4. Soy Is Not A Traditional Food
Soy is being consumed in Asian cultures for thousand of years but is consumed only after it is fermented and unlike unfermented soy, fermented soy is safe and has reduced amount of phytic acid levels.
Seaweed-emulsified legume juice is a better term to describe soymilk. Carrageenan is a highly processed seaweed that is added to soymilk to give it a creamy texture.
Carrageenan is basically of two types, the first one is used to give lab rats colitis and the second one is supposed to be food grade. But it has been seen in many cases that carrageenan causes digestive distress and pain.
6. Vitamin D2
The vitamin that was intended for us is Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is organically found in dairy foods and cod liver oil, sunlight is also a natural source of Vitamin D3. Along with this Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and is found in fatty foods to help the body digest the fat.
But Vitamin D2 found in soy is chemically synthesized and is an isolated form of the vitamin is poorly absorbed by the body.
7. Natural Flavors
Any food item that says “contains natural flavors” usually means they are either using additives which are derivatives of MSG or animal secretion. If you are drinking soymilk because it’s vegan, you should know it may contain animal byproducts.
8. Phytic Acid in Soy
Soy has high levels of phytic acid, phytic acid is known to reduce absorption of minerals like calcium, magnesium, and zinc in the body. Soymilk also contains enough amount of Phytic Acid to cause severe health issues:
Author Ramiel Nagel speaks about it in an article which says :
“Phytic acid is the principal storage form of phosphorus in many plant tissues, especially the bran portion of grains and other seeds. It contains the mineral phosphorus tightly bound in a snowflake-like molecule.
In humans and animals with one stomach, the phosphorus is not readily bioavailable. In addition to blocking phosphorus availability, the “arms” of the phytic acid molecule readily bind with other minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, making them unavailable as well. In this form, the compound is referred to as phytate.
Phytic acid not only grabs on to or chelates important minerals, but also inhibits enzymes that we need to digest our food, including pepsin, needed for the breakdown of proteins in the stomach, and amylase, needed for the breakdown of starch into sugar. Trypsin, needed for protein digestion in the small intestine, is also inhibited by phytates.”
So avoid soymilk, its benefits are much less than its risks to your health and it’s not natural, the reason soya is so popular is that of cutthroat advertising and marketing campaigns.