The last days of the soy-is-good fad


From KRISTIN WARTMAN

Studies have found that soy-fed infants have estrogen levels an average of seventeen thousand times higher than infants fed human or cow’s milk.

Thanks to Michael Pollan, many Americans are now aware that when a food boasts a health claim it usually means it’s actually not that healthy after all. But there’s one food that consistently flies below the radar despite its numerous health claims when found in processed and packaged foods: Soy. A long-time staple in the American health food repertoire, it is a prominent example of Pollan’s observation. And the research is mounting that soy foods are not only questionable in terms of their benefits, but in fact, may be hazardous to your health.

Most recently, the Cornucopia Institute conducted research on the processing of soy foods and found that the industry commonly uses hexane—a petroleum-based solvent and known neurotoxin—to process soy ingredients found in many “natural” food products.

Thanks to their research and consumer concern, the Cornucopia Institute announced last week that some companies have voluntarily changed their processing practices and eliminated hexane from their products. Unfortunately, there are still well over two dozen “all-natural” nutrition bars and veggie burgers that still use hexane to process soy.

But hexane processing is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to problems associated with eating soy—and many of the health problems are unknown to the general public.

In 1999, the FDA approved the health claim that soy is “heart healthy” and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. But this wasn’t without controversy. Two researchers for the FDA, Daniel Doerge and Daniel Sheehan stated that they were opposed to the labeling of foods containing soy as heart healthy since there was “abundant evidence that some of the isoflavones found in soy…demonstrate toxicity in estrogen sensitive tissues and in the thyroid.”…

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3 Comments

Sometimes I think you’re baiting me, Dave…

Babies need mother’s milk, anything else is of course going to be insufficient. This article is another example of the ridiculous thinking that surrounds the American diet. The idea that something is good or bad. It’s people’s misuse of a substance. You’re not supposed to eat ANYTHING to extreme quantity. But people find one thing and glom onto it. Soy once a week is great (organic obviously, not GMO, but this article makes no distinction) protein source. All plants have toxins, they make them so animals don’t eat them to extinction. Organic soy is a great protein source, once per week. Then eat some lentils, or beans, or amaranth, or steak if you’re so inclined. We know the processing of any food, not just soy, diminishes it’s health value. So why single out soy? Is this more beef industry propaganda? Are you telling me that if someone substituted soy one evening for their usual beef they wouldn’t be the better for it? A million inflamed prostates want to know…

This is actually great public health education.

Soy is carefully and minimally used in those cultures that have been using it for a long time. On the up side, all this dietary abuse allows for entertaining D cups on the guys at the health food store (though that is probably mostly the pot). Sperm counts and testicular size are falling around the world in association with increased human and animal consumption of soy. In our crazy world it is nearly impossible to single out single causes for population ill health, but soy is very suspect. Soy is largely grown for animal food and food for poor people and those who fear dairy and animal protein, which means pretty much everyone in the world is compelled, in one way or another, to consume too much soy.

Dairy milk is no great choice either. Now it is full of Cs -137 as well as massive amounts of antibiotics (eighty percent of antibiotics go to feed animals and the clever bacteria in their guts that learn how to defeat these antibiotics and pass on the talent to our local multiply resistant organisms that are gaining as a threat to the health of the general population) and hormones. Ronald Raygun always ate only grass fed beef without growth enhancers and he still got Alzheimer’s, but his testicles probably didn’t shrink much.

“In concluding this article, the authors stated “the presence or absence of soy or genistein in the diet has significant short-term (pubertal spermatogenesis) and long-term (body weight, testis size, FSH levels, and possibly mating) effects on males.” (http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_nutrition/soy_is_still_bad_protein citing (it is not clear):Atanassova N (2000). Comparative Effects of Neonatal Exposure of Male Rats to Potent and Weak (Environmental) Estrogens on Spermatogenesis at Puberty and the Relationship to Adult Testis Size and Fertility: Evidence for Stimulatory Effects of Low Estrogen Levels. Endocrinology Vol. 141, No. 10 3898-3907

The above url has a great set of references. Who you gonna trust? Body builders or Archer Daniels Midland?

Of course the real victims are the infants. I actually could give a rats ass about fat assed adult male secondary sexual characteristics.

Sorry about all this sadness we are steeped in. I always find it reassuring to note that whatever horrible thing it is I am reading about at that moment will be superseded by something much more horrible very soon, so I feel justified in metering out my indignation in small doses. Don’t want to end up paralyzed by indignation.

herb

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