I have friends who insist it is okay. But over time, many avid users are finding they are dealing with health scares. I believe this could quite possibly be, at least in part, due to their daily use of soy-based products. The saddest thing of all is that they are using it because someone along the way convinced them it was good for them.
So, instead of reinventing the wheel, instead of trying to re-say what someone else had already said well, I am going to post an excerpt from the Weston A. Price Foundation's 'Soy Alert' page. After that, I will link readers to the page where 72, yes, 72 reports that support WAPF's stand on soy may be found.
Please pay attention.
"Confused About Soy?--Soy Dangers Summarized
- 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.
- Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein.
- Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
- Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing and additional amounts are added to many soy foods.
- Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.
Click this LINK and go to the Soy Alert! page. Here, you will find the above as well as links to 72 studies/ reports related to the study of soy.