Here in Part 3 Kelly Bentley concludes her look at the hidden dangers of soy, explaining why it may not be the safe and healthy alternative many people think it is…
Belief: Soy is nutritious
Truth: Soy commonly causes digestive troubles
Soy actually has the absolute highest levels of mineral binding, enzyme blocking phytates of ANY legume.
Phytic acid or inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) otherwise known as “Phytates” are natural compounds usually found in grains, beans and various seeds that prevent premature germination and are the store house for the phosphorous that a plant needs to continue growing after the seed has begun sprouting.
They ensure that the given environment has the right temperature and hydration to properly support life before the nut, seed or grain germinates.
The enzyme is actually the “life activity” of the given nut, grain or seed.
Phytates essentially block the enzyme until the atmosphere it’s in is congruent to optimal survival
They break down, allowing the enzymatic processes to continue. Not only do phytates have the ability to block enzymes, they are also known mineral blockers too!
This means that they render a human consumer unable to absorb zinc, selenium, calcium, iron, amongst others.
Even the most minor iron deficiency in a human has been shown to cause people to feel lethargic, experience fatigue, hamper their athletic performance, weaken their immune system and even diminish a person’s abilities to learn!
There has been a direct correlation between the amount of drugs such as Ritalin being prescribed and diagnosis of ADD and ADHD with the consumption of soy and gluten.
It is incredibly difficult to neutralize Phytates to the degree that they don’t have a negative affect on a human’s digestive enzymes
In particular soybeans, as they actually contain triple the amount of phytates as mung beans and quadruple the amount in chickpeas!
They are also tolerable to several field conditions, poor storage atmospheres and hard transportation.
The ONLY way to convert soybeans into a nonirritating substance is by simple soaking and a fermentation process that engages the phytase enzyme to imitate the process they take when planted in warm, moist soil.
One of the most shocking points to bring up here is that the soy industry actually is able to disarm phytates via technology, however due to the expense, they routinely allow the phytates to remain in soy products, but add in synthetic, low quality calcium, zinc and iron.
Some even claim that you are getting MORE here because of the so called “added nutrition”, which, as described above, is entirely backwards!
Belief: Soy assists with weight loss
Truth: Soy products contain goitrogens which are known to actually block the synthesis of thyroid hormones!
Therefore making this completely incorrect!
Many people I have seen and known often show hypothyroid symptomology (disorders of thyroid function).
Along with this, there is also a direct correlation between the consumption of soy, including but not limited to: soy milk, soy meat substitutes, food bars and shakes that contain soy.
Other processed soy foods
There are links to increasing cases of: restlessness, anxiety, irritability, panic disorders, ADD & ADHD, very notable fluctuations in energy, heart palpitations, tremors, low body temperature, sweating, accumulation of fat around the middle of the body as well as the area of the triceps, lowered interest in sex, bumps on the back of the arms, problems handling blood sugar, it goes on…
Although these are all text book symptoms of hypo-thyroid issues, because of the truth that soy products are also high glycemic food items, blood sugar handling issues are often directly related to the consumption of these soy products.
What about the protein value?
Yes, many argue that soy contains protein, and it DOES.
However, although any given food substance might contain protein, it does not (in soy’s case especially) depict the food to be bio-available to our systems.
And also it does not mean that our systems will have the ability to recognize such food sources by our gut receptors and immune system or, most importantly, that our bodies have the ability to convert said substance into human being tissues!
This shows a trained practitioner that although someone (usually vegans or vegetarians) is getting the correct ratio of protein when seen on paper, their systems very clearly show that they’re actually not getting enough protein that they need for their bodies to properly create new hormones and cells.
Soy is never a good option for a food source, especially that of a meal replacement! Soy should be avoided for optimal health and when eating for optimal health, is not even necessary to consume.
Read Part 1 and Part 2 here.
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Resource & References
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