Soy is often thought of as a health food. On the contrary, it can be quite dangerous! Soy is a heavily processed food which leaves behind many carcinogenic (cancer causing) residues due to the high temperature used to process it. Therefore, it is linked to cancer especially breast cancer. Soy is also high on the list when it comes to food allergies. Gluten, dairy, corn and soy along with peanuts and eggs are the most allergen prone foods. I have taken many patients off soy when digestive problems are relevant and I have taken many kids off soy when learning disabilities are involved. Symptoms of food allergies can be anything from brain fog in adults to learning and behavioral disabilities in children. These foods can also cause all sorts of digestive problems and lower the immune system.
Another issue with soy is it mimics estrogen in the body and can throw off the delicate hormone balance in the body. This can lead to developmental issues in children such as premature pubescence (children developing too early in life). There is also a connection between soy intake and antibiotic use in children. The more soy they consume the more antibiotics they usually need. If you have a baby on soy formula, stop immediately! Go to westinaprice.org for more information on formulas.
In adults soy can be linked to reproductive issues and other hormone imbalances. There is definitely a connection between soy consumption and thyroid problems. If you are on thyroid medication stop soy immediately.
If this isn’t already enough information to stop you eating soy then here is a little more concerning info. Soy is a heavily genetically modified crop. Close to 95% of soy is GM soy. More info on that issue later.
There are some exceptions when it comes to soy. Fermented soy has some benefits and is not so detrimental to health. Miso, natto, tempeh and soy sauce are all fermented. If you are going to eat soy make sure it is fermented. The fermentation of foods has some health benefits to it but I myself would prefer other sources of fermented food. Sauerkraut, Greek olives and kimchee are all fermented.