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Did you know soy is actually bad for you?

High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.
Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.
Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women.
Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.
Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body's requirement for B12.
Soy foods increase the body's requirement for vitamin D.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:21 PM on Jun. 25, 2009 in Health

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Answers (14)
  • I sure have heard that! :)
    "Everything in moderation"?? So does that mean drinking a little bit of arsenic would be Ok too?
    Autumn22

    Answer by Autumn22 at 7:15 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • I've only heard good things. What have you heard?
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 12:21 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Anything in excess can be bad for you.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:22 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • The OP is probably talking about the pseudo-estrogen that is found in soy, that if you eat too much of it too often, it raises risks of cancer and other diseases. There was a study done on men in India regarding it I think about a year ago, maybe less.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:23 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Well, they added the details right when I was adding my answer. D'oh.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:24 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • I wonder about soy being eaten by Asians for thousands of years. Is it the processing and additives in the soy here in the US?
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 12:37 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • the Chinese first started eating soybeans about 2,500 years ago, after they figured out how to ferment it. Somehow, the ancient Chinese knew that soybeans still contain many toxins after cooking and thus avoiding eating it until they learned to neutralize those toxins through fermentation. And in traditional Asian diets, soy is only used in small amounts as a condiment, with pork, seafood and other animals providing the bulk of the protein. Only very recently has soy been eaten the way we typically eat it, consuming large amounts in an unfermented and often highly processed form.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:39 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Everything is bad for you. Moderate your consumption and move on.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:19 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Everything in moderation. Water is bad for you if you have too much, for God's sake.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:23 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • There is good soy (like edamame, tofu, soymilk) and there is bad soy (like textured vegetable protein, fake meats, protein powders, etc.). Soy-base infant formulas probably fall on both sides. We have tofu at least once a week.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:15 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

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