Soy: the Good, the Bad, and the Confusing

Soy. We love it. We hate it. We don’t know what to do with it.

The information we get about soy is so confusing that many of us don’t know whether to embrace soy products or to steer clear of them.

Because this popular bean causes confusion and controversy, it’s a good idea to know the facts before you consume it.

What is Soy?

Soy is simply a legume – a bean – that was originally grown in East Asia. Due to its popularity, large-scale growth and production of soybeans is now common in the United States.

When consumed raw, soy is poisonous. That’s why soybeans are processed into products such as tofu, miso, soy milk, and meat alternatives. Edamame is an immature soybean left in the pod.

Here’s the good news. Soy is a rich source of protein, manganese, fiber, iron, and folate. For vegans and vegetarians, soy products are often an integral part of a balanced diet.

Here’s the “somewhat” bad news. Regardless of your dietary choices, there’s a good chance you’re consuming soy without knowing it.

If you choose to avoid soy altogether, you’ll want to become a staunch label reader. Here’s why. Many common kitchen staples contain soy. Here are just a few of them.

• Baked goods
• Infant formulas
• Canned broths/soups
• Cereals
• Canned tuna
• Canned meat
• Crackers
• Low-fat peanut butter
• Energy snacks

What You Need to Know About Soy

Clients often ask us to clarify the confusing and conflicting information about soy.

Because soybeans may produce twice the protein per acre than other major grains or vegetable crops, it’s a healthy addition to any diet.

Now, does that mean that soy is good for everyone? No. Here’s why.

For some cultures, soy has always been a regular dietary product. It is well-tolerated and has immense nutritional benefits. However, other cultures don’t tolerate it well; therefore, soy should be avoided.

The Final Verdict

The answer to the question about whether to consume soy or not to consume it is an individual one. It all comes down to whether your body tolerates it well or not.

In essence, unless you have a sensitivity to soy or have a genetic intolerance to it, there’s no reason why you should avoid it.

Although some studies tout its health benefits while others warn against its dangers, there is no singular silver bullet in the disease process. Stress is more likely to create an optimal environment to the evolution of a disease process than a bean product.

If you like soy, here’s what we recommend.

Relax. Eat soy. Enjoy.

Leave a Reply

Gwen GentleOsborne

3 years ago

I have been using soy for nearly two years now and I can positively say I have had no adverse reaction to it. That said , I would like to see labeled on the packaging, whether or not it contains GMO. In the past, this was clearly stated on the label of some products, but now it seems to have completely dissapeared.

Dred Locks

3 years ago

The problem with soy in the US is the chemicals used to process it (hexane). Also, Soy in the US is not fermented which is important for removing toxins. I stay away from Soy as much as possible by lowering or eliminating packaged foods.

sandrico suave

3 years ago

Soy is most likely a GMO crop, therefore I do not endorse Soy products. I also do no endorse Soy due to the effect soy has on hormone imbalances such as increasing estrogen in both male and females. There have been major studies on this

AnnieLaurie Burke

3 years ago

Over 90% of the US soy crop is the GMO version. While there is no clear evidence on the safety (or not) of GM foods for long-term human consumption, we DO know that GM soy is treated with a huge amount of glyphosate, a pesticide which many GM crops are specifically engineered to resist. The use of glyphosate pesticides has increased more than 15-fold since GM crops were introduced in the mid 1990’s. Glyphosate has been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a probable human carcinogen. The FDA has admitted they don’t know how much glyphosate remains in foods, and the EPA has admitted they don’t know how much glyphosate is safe to consume. So, if you want to keep one more probable carcinogenic chemical out of your diet, and you want to use soy products, stick to organic soy.


2 years ago

My experience with Soy has been Totally Disgusting! I avoid this Toxic plant as much as humanly possible!

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