We live in an era of health promotion. Almost every food on the market’s shelves has something to say: “vegan”, “gluten-free”, “diary-free”, “fat-free”, “protein-rich”, “0 carbs” etc. But are these foods really healthy?
Let’s take soy for example. Soy is mostly consumed by vegans because it’s a great alternative for meat and dairy. Others consume it because it’s rich in protein and can help them lose weight. Also, those who are lactose-intolerant now have a substitute for cow’s milk – soy milk!
Soy has many health benefits, indeed, but recent studies have shown that consuming it daily and in large amounts can have a negative impact on your health.
HERE’S A LIST OF REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID SOY:
- The main reason is that soy is one of the foods that are known as “goitrogens” – foods that promote formation of goiter (an enlarged thyroid). People with thyroid disorders should definitely avoid soy products.
- It can disrupt the menstrual cycle.
- The isoflavones (plant estrogens) in soy can cause infertility.
- Over half of the world’s soybean crop is genetically modified – more than any other crop in the world.
- Soybeans contain high amounts of phytic acid, a substance that inhibits the absorption of zinc, copper, calcium, iron and magnesium.
- Estrogen can promote the growth of breast cancer, which is why women diagnosed with it should avoid soy.
- Haemagglutinin (found in soybeans) is a substance that causes the red blood cells to clump.
So, the next time you’re grocery shopping, choose the healthier option and buy almond milk instead of soy milk.