Are soy products healthy?
When I tell people that my diet is vegan (I prefer the term "plant-based"), an all-too-common response is, “Oh, so… what, you just eat a lot of tofu?”
...Or I’ll show up to a dinner party and the host greets me with a self-applauding, “Hey, I know you don’t eat meat so I marinated some tofu for you!”
I force a polite grin, “Aw, you shouldn’t have…”
No, but seriously- you shouldn’t have.
Soy is bad for you! Why?
Why is soy bad? Most soy is genetically modified! Why should you care? The rates of food-related illnesses and allergies have skyrocketed since GMOs became mainstream.
Over 90% of soy is genetically modified, so it's not surprising that soy is one of the most common offenders when it comes to adverse food reactions. There just isn’t legitimate data to substantiate the Big Business rhetoric that insists that GMOs are safe.
...And it messes up your hormones!
Soy also is bad because it doses you with phytoestrogens, mimicking the body’s natural estrogen. This can lead to hormone imbalance in both men and women, a significant cause of infertility (and MALE breast tissue development).
Scared of soy yet? Wait! There’s more!
- Soy may block your body’s ability to absorb minerals
- Processed soy is laden with aluminum which is linked to cognitive problems & dementia
- Soy instigates gastrointestinal issues
- Infant soy formula may promote autoimmune disorders
- Soybean agriculture is awful for the planet
...The list of negatives goes on and on. I highly suggest being more vigilant of the ingredients in your food. Soy is hiding in more food products than you might think.
So if soy is out, what are some healthy, plant-based sources of protein?