Soy consumption is fine as long as you don’t use it as a substitute for milk.
Vegans swear by soymilk and consider it as an ideal and natural replacement for milk. Soymilk is considered to be a low-fat food supplement and healthy for the heart but once you look at the ingredients which make soymilk, you will realize drinking soymilk is basically giving an invitation to a number of health complications.
What Is Soymilk Made Up Of?
Whole soybeans, filtered water, cane sugar, sea salt, carrageenan, natural flavoring, palmitate, calcium carbonate, vitamin A, D2, B12, riboflavin (B2) and most of these ingredients raise a lot of red flags.
Moving on let’s read why these ingredients are bad for our health.
1. Genetically Modified Soy
As per the reports by the US Department of Agriculture, 90% of the soy cultivated in the USA are resistant to Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp as they are genetically modified which allows farmers to use larger quantities of toxic herbicides.
RoundUp ready crops pose a major threat to the human health and the environment.
Glyphosate, an active ingredient of RoundUp have been found in concerning amounts in soy crops. RoundUp and glyphosate have been linked to serious health issues like cancer and autism.
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
The sum of the ingredient is not equal to the whole when it comes to food products. While soymilk claims to have the same amount of calcium as regular milk our body doesn’t absorb it the way it absorbs milk. So the calcium in soymilk is an added supplement and calcium supplements can trigger various heart complications. SOURCE
Vitamin K2 shuttles the calcium bones and soymilk completely lacks it which means our body can’t use the calcium. The calcium in soymilk creates plaque in the arteries which increases the risk of various heart complications.
3. Phytoestrogens in Soy
Phytoestrogens which act as estrogens in the human body can be found in high concentrations in soy. Phytoestrogens can cause hormonal imbalances in the human body but the studies are highly biased by the soy industry and highly contrasting to other studies.
Independent studies on soy are worrying:
Infants who consumed soymilk had almost 13000-22000 times higher estrogen level. That’s major health concern.
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
Contrary to popular belief soy is consumed in Asian culture only after it was fermented so it’s safe for consumption unlike unfermented soy, fermented soy also has reduced amount of phytic acid levels.
5.Phytic Acid in Soy
Soy has a high concentration of phytic acid which inhibits the absorption of certain mineral like calcium, magnesium, and zinc in the body. A high amount of phytic acid can 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.
It’s best to avoid soymilk since it clearly does more harm than good. The reason why soymilk is so trendy is due to heavy advertising and cutthroat marketing.