The Truth About Soy

 
The estrogen-like properties of natural Isoflavones like Genistein found in soybeans helped many women’s health due to its significant benefits for bone strength, improved menopausal symptoms, and cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, most people in the natural health community know that almost all soybeans, 87% in the United States, are genetically modified.

 
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A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. These GMO soybeans grow faster, resist harsh conditions, and cost less to produce. However, they are also thought to have potentially dangerous effects on the environment and on human health.
 

Is Soy Bad For You?

 

1) Allergenic

According to the ProQuest website, the incorporation of a gene into a plant may unintentionally create a new allergen or set off an allergic reaction in people who are highly sensitive. This might be attributed to the exposure of engineered crops to chemicals and herbicides that can be harmful to the body.

 

2) Liver changes

According to Molecular Geneticist Molecular geneticist Michael Antoniou on the Natural News website, GMO soy has been found to alter the activity of the liver in mice and rabbits. According to Antoniou, these findings suggest possible liver damage and toxemia related to GMO soybean consumption. Toxicologists also talk about toxemia which can result from excessive consumption of GM soybeans.

 

3) Fertility issues and infant mortality

According to a study conducted at the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Association for Gene Security and cited on the Huffington Post, GMO soybeans may be linked to infant mortality and inability to conceive. In a two-year study of hamsters, biologist Alexey V. Surov and colleagues found that after three generations, most of the GMO-soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to reproduce. There was also a higher infant mortality rate among hamster pups in the GMO-soy-fed group.

 

Are There Any Benefits To Soy?

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The 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) of mature, boiled, whole soybeans contain large amounts of Manganese, Selenium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin B6, Folate, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1) and Vitamin K.
The working group from Webmed evaluated the evidence on soy as it affects menopausal symptoms, breast and endometrial cancer risk, hardening of the arteries, bone loss, and mental abilities. Although they are mixed results, soybean’s Isoflavones are credited with producing the healthy benefits.

 

In Conclusion

Soy is definitely one of the most controversial foods in the world. Is it good or bad? If you’re consuming organic (non GMO), fermented soy, it “can” be very healthy. In Okinawa, Japan, many people live to be over 100 years old. The traditional Okinawa diet consists of eating two servings of soy, usually in the form of tofu. This is because fermented soy is very high in vitamin K2. It builds strong bones, keeps your brain healthy and even heal your body naturally. However, noticed that we are using “can” instead of “is” because it really depends on the person consuming the product. If you are pregnant, young at age, have thyroid problems, or have excessive estrogen then you are better without soy (even if it’s Non-GMO).

 

References:

http://seedsofdeception.com/what-is-gmo/
http://visionlaunch.com/pros-and-cons-of-genetically-modified-soybeans/#
http://healthresearchfunding.org/genetically-modified-soybeans-pros-cons/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/200114-what-are-the-dangers-of-gmo-soybeans/
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20110630/benefits-of-soy-a-mixed-bag#1
https://www.womentowomen.com/nutrition/the-health-benefits-of-soy/
http://paleoleap.com/dangers-soy/
https://authoritynutrition.com/is-soy-bad-for-you-or-good/
http://dailyburn.com/life/health/is-soy-bad-for-you/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-buettner/okinawa-blue-zone_b_7012042.html

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