Soy Milk is Unhealthy

Monday, January 01, 2007

This is an excerpt from Dr. Mercola's comment about an article from the Weston A. Price Foundation about soy milk production. Both the original article and the full comment can be read by clicking on the title link below.

Soy Milk Is Unhealthy: "Still on the fence about the value of soy products, even after health claims have been hugely debunked? If there's any lingering doubt in your mind, you should read this piece, written by the author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food Revealed.

Modern soy protein foods in no way resemble the traditional Asian soy foods, and may contain carcinogens like nitrates and lysinoalanine. Non-fermented soy products like tofu, soy milk and meatless foods made from textured vegetable protein also contain phytic acid, one of many anti-nutrients it's wise to avoid at all costs. And all of the purported "health benefits" of these products are simply untrue:

  • Soy isoflavones don't prevent various forms of cancer (prostate, breast or uterine).
  • Neither soy protein nor soy isoflavones are useful in limiting menopause-related symptoms.
  • The jury remains out on any soy-related benefits in treating osteoporosis."

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  1. Thanks for that information. What with all the hype aroubnd it, I was actually thinking of switching to soy milk.

    There is also a lot of advice on adding soy flour to the wheat flour that we use to make bread - do you think that's bad as well?

  2. Hey, Rohini! For more information about soy, you can check out this link.

    Basically, unless it is a traditionally-fermented soy product, such as miso or tempeh, and consumed in small quantities, soy really isn't as good for you as it's marketers would like you to believe. It is actually an "anti-nutrient", as it says in this article.

    There are lots of links on that page to even more info. If you have any more questions after you check it out, feel free to e-mail me, and I'll see if I can help track down the answers.

    Hope you had a great holiday!


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