Problematic Soy

Alright I could write a week’s worth of post on soy, but I’m just going to give it to you straight. For many ‘health’ seeking individuals and vegetarians, they believe soy is good for them and a good source of protein. Asian populations are healthy and they eat lots of soy right? Actually 1-2 tablespoons a day is the average for Chinese and Japanese. Add in modern processing that denatures the proteins (note lysine) and increases carcinogens. So besides the fact that they’re not consuming as much soy as we make them out to be, I’m sure those centenarians in Japan on chowing down on today’s manufactured concoctions (I would guess that they’re fermented it to handle the toxins if they are, but that just my perspective). So what are the problems with soy?

  • Let’s start with something we are familiar with: phytic acid. That pesky digestive disturber that wrecks havoc in the intestines, binds to your minerals making them unusable and actually increasing your need for more minerals and vitamins. Calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc could all be at risk with high soy consumption. Soy doesn’t like to cooperate either. Like other grains they will not be made edible by methods of soaking and sprouting but need long long fermentation. Toss up soy and incomplete proteins and zapped mineral levels, or to avoid soy?
  • Trypsin inhibitors: these brats get in the way of protein digestion and could disrupt the pancreas causing an uprising and disorder to ensue.
  • Bad news for your hormones because phytoestrogens (or if you want to get fancy, your endocrine system), as it once again disrupts function that could affect fertility and possibly promote breast cancer (ouch! not good). These phytoestrogens don’t just stop there but attack the thyroid and can cause hypothyroidism or even lead to cancer (double ouch!).
  • But what about the B12? Wrong again, soy is just not willing to go willfully. The analogs for B12 in soy don’t actually absorb (again what is the purpose of a diet in varied nutrients if they’re not being utilized?) and add further insult by increasing your need for B12.
  • Vitamin D doesn’t like to be excluded either, because soy increases the need for it as well
  • Processing creates toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines
  • Remember MSG? Well of course soy processes forms them and then since there’s not enough, they add more during the process.
  • Do you think that your nervous system and kidneys enjoy aluminum, which can be toxic to them? Of course not and soy contains high levels of aluminum

Still want to eat soy? If so I really don’t know what else to say it’s your body, but I’m going to steer clear of the stuff. For more on our weight-loss programs check out our website at 

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