Hi sweet friends!!
So I want to tell you all about a bad break-up I went through about four years ago + I still hear about the repercussions today…
It’s not me, it’s you.
It’s like that bad high school flame that always finds a way to slither back into your life. They seem dreamy + soooo good for you but deep down, you know you really need to kick them to the curb once and for all. We are constantly being bombarded with the “diet lies” about low-fat, whole-grains + soy everything. Enough already. Sure, Reese Witherspoon + Katie Holmes can still look totally chic while sipping on their favorite soy latté from Starbucks but ladies (and gents)….please hear me out on why I think you need to say goodbye to this dangerously appealing lover.
I Bought the Lies Too
We are told that soy is a superfood… “it a complete non-animal protein”, “it’s vegan”, “it’s low-fat + heart healthy”, “it’s an excellent source of B vitamins + omega-3 fatty acids”. On and on people spew about all of these fabulous benefits...blah, blah, blah.
What we are not told is how detrimental soy can be to our health, especially our hormones.
Doctors tell us all the time to “switch to soy milk if dairy doesn’t sit well with you”. So we are continuously being told the lie that soy is a health food. Let’s clarify…
How Soy May Be Doing More Harm Than Good
Soy disrupts our hormones. It breeds estrogen in the body. This hormone disruptor may cause your thyroid to be “underactive”.
Think of your thyroid as a goddess in your body…she controls your hormones. When our thyroids are underactive, they can show signs of hypothyroidism. These symptoms of hypothyroidism include feeling tired, unhappy, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, weight gain, puffy face, thinning hair, dry skin, impaired memory + can be a leading cause of obesity.
Soy suppresses your body’s uptake of iodine which your thyroids LOVES. But what exactly does this mean?
Here’s an example…when we eat tofu (and let’s all be honest, it’s painful to get down), we are decreasing our body’s absorption of iodine which causes a slow/sluggish thyroid as well as increases autoimmunity. [if !supportFootnotes][endif] This can lead to hypothyroidism.
But hold on a second…what’s all this talk of estrogen?
Estrogen is Running Wild…with the Ladies + the Gentlemen
Well my friends, soy contains phytoestrogens and when women consume just 2 cups of soy milk a day, that is the equivalent of one birth control pill. [if !supportFootnotes][endif] This disruption in our hormones has the potential to increase estrogen to such high amounts that it can cause breast cancer[if !supportFootnotes][endif] in women.
Also, for all the men out there, soy does not discriminate. When looking at couples who are having a difficult time conceiving, research shows that men end up having lower sperm counts who digest a high amount of soy compared to men who do not eat soy.
Increased levels of estrogen in a woman’s body can put them at risk for:
Increased levels of estrogen in a man’s body can put them at risk for:
However, just like that ex that tries to sneak his way back in, soy is everywhere. Why? It’s really cheap + easy to access. Farmers can grow huge quantities of soy + soy has become resistant to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. So now we have another reason to avoid it…it’s genetically modified…another GMO product.
Besides Soy Milk, How Do I Stay Away from Soy?
Soy is Found In:
Edamame (soy beans)
Soy Can Be Hidden In:
Vegan Products (butter substitutes, vegan cheese)
Lecithin (soy lecithin can be found in everything from candy bars to almond milk)
“But don't Asians, who always appear to be super healthy, eat a ton of soy?”
Wrong again…Asians do not consume nearly as much soy as we all think. They average just a mere 2 teaspoons each day…that’s it. And it’s usually used as a condiment. Over here in the U.S. we substitute it for animal proteins, turning it into entire soy hot dogs + soy burgers topped with soy cheese.
What about fermented?
Moreover, the soy that is consumed in Asia is usually fermented + unprocessed. By fermenting the soy + not processing it as much as we do here in the U.S., the toxins in the soy (that affect our thyroid) are not as intense. To be more specific, by fermenting soy the phytic acid levels are much lower. Phytic Acid reduces the absorption of some very important minerals, such as magnesium, calcium + zinc.
Personally, I recommend staying away from all soy + soy products. However, if you are looking for an alternative to animal protein (if so, we need to talk) and you can get a good quality fermented soy product, that has not been highly processed, it may be alright for some individuals.
Remember…bio-individuality always wins.
But if you are turning to mega-produced, boxed vanilla soy milk in your latté three times a week, it’s time to check out some other options.
Alright, I’ll Ditch the Soy Milk, But Now What?
You’ve finally let go of that love-hate relationship with soy milk. So, where do you turn now?
Personally, I’m a huge fan of almond milk + it’s super easy to make your own. (Recipe coming soon!)
You can also try coconut milk (fan-fav), cashew milk or any other nut milk.
If dairy sits well with you, raw milk or grass-fed milk from pasture raised cows is always a fabulous option!!
Goats milk + camel's milk are other A+ alternatives if there is a nut allergy that you are concerned about.
Thanks But No Thanks
See?!?! There really are so many fish in the sea.
So yes, you can break-up with soy once + for all. It’s time...because you deserve better.