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Negative Health Effects of Soy

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Even if you are not a vegetarian and do not use soy milk or tofu, it is important to become a label reader. There are so many different names for soy additives, you could be bringing home a genetically modified soy-based product without even realizing it. Dr. Daniel offers a†free Special Report, “Where the Soys Are,” on her Web site. It lists the many “aliases” that soy might be hiding under in ingredient lists — words like “boullion,” “natural flavor” and “textured plant protein.”

Here are†a few other names soy tends to hide under:

  • Mono-diglyceride
  • Soya, Soja or Yuba
  • TSF (textured soy flour) or TSP (textured soy protein)
  • TVP (textured vegetable protein)
  • Lecithin
  • MSG (monosodium glutamate)

Not all textured vegetable protein is made from soy, but a great deal of it is. Lecithin can be made from soy, eggs, sunflower or corn. Be sure to contact the manufacturer to find out which is in your product if the label doesn’t reveal this information.

GMO — Making Soy Even Worse

One of the worst problems with soy comes from the fact that 90 to 95 percent of soybeans grown in the US are genetically modified (GM), and these are used to create soy protein isolate.

Why the genetic tinkering?

Genetically modified soybeans are designed to be “Roundup ready.” That’s right, they are chemically engineered to withstand heavy doses of herbicides without killing the plant! What does this mean for your health and the health of your unborn or yet-to-be-conceived children? Read on.

GM Soy Can Lead to Hormonal Disruption and Miscarriages

The active ingredient in Roundup herbicide is called glyphosate, which is responsible for the disruption of the delicate hormonal balance of the female reproductive cycle.

“It’s an endocrine buster,” says UK pathologist Stanley Ewen, “that interferes with aromatase, which produces estrogen.”

Tofu: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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12:51PM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Kind of misleading to me. and with shock factors.
It is up to each of us to check everything out for ourselves...this technological age of computers helps, but we still have to double check.

7:25PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

thanks

9:21AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Soy is the unspecifically mentioned cheap, chemically derived GMO oil used for making most already prepared and prepackaged foods Most people who don't eat raw foods, and/or prepare their own knowingly, are having gallons of GMO soy,even if they despise tofu.

The unrelated anatomy of the rats and mice tortured in labs is pseudo science and gives no proof of it's effects on humans, it's just sad and pathetic .

The illusion given here, maybe inadvertently is that block of tofu (which most brands i seen are Non GMO,) is the cause of all our problems.It is processed so it shouldn't be a staple. Neither should meat.You'll find more clogged arteries and heart attacks leading to death,depression, hostility and illness there -

Ayurveda 5,000 BCE was wise & kind enough to tell us whats good for our bodies, Modern science hasn't gotten past page1 since.

In America corporations are dumping GMO corn and soy in all the food they are able,what is it 80 or 90 %.of prepackaged food now -You think that could be a part of it? The same scientists who made manipulated chemicals into edibles,do animal tests to tell us their bad.Their whole way of reasoning seems pretty bad.

There's a reason Monsanto went for the cheap corn & soy oils first,and that's a problem.People can cut out organic tofu but it doesn't seem much of a favor when GMO oils are in everything else.

Eating raw foods and preparing for ourselves is the way to go.Pretty much always has been until the

8:52AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

PLEASE DON'T TAKE ANY ADVICE FROM THIS GUY

From Wiki:

Phyllis Entis, a microbiologist and food safety expert, highlighted Mercola.com as an example of websites "likely to mislead consumers by offering one-sided, incomplete, inaccurate, or misleading information."[13] In 2005, 2006 and 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Mercola and his company to stop making illegal claims regarding his products' ability to detect, prevent and treat disease.[6] The medical watchdog site Quackwatch has criticized Mercola for making "unsubstantiated claims and clash with those of leading medical and public health organizations [and making] many unsubstantiated recommendations for dietary supplements.".[6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Mercola#Views_and_controversy

4:22PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Traditional soy such as tofu is fine, it is these modern over processed "mock" meat products and soy protein isolate that is nasty. Even tofu and soy milk should not be over consumed!

10:50AM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

OK, if you're going to aim at writing a scientific-sounding article try eliminating alarming language ("this will shock you!") and exclamation marks and I might even take you seriously. As it is, this drivel has little credibility without actual citing studies. SHAME on care2 for allowing this.

8:58PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Ok, I am not even going to touch the soy issue...however, I just HAD to comment on the fact that he just posted an article (last month?) about the dangers of eating beans and grains and now suggests them as great substitutes for soy... ???

Too contradictory for me...

8:43AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Wow

7:44AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

So for the most part, its not soy that is unhealthy and a problem, its GMO and pesticides. So buy organic soy products is all. Also, sure there are studies that suggest that soy can have negative effects on health but there are just as many studies that say the opposite, perhaps more. All foods, but especially animal products like dairy, eggs and meat, have negative health side effects much worse than anything soy may cause.

1:37PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Almond milk tastes better than soy milk.

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