Soy is in many foods and products, especially things geared towards kids. The question is, “Is it safe to eat?” Here are some helpful facts and ideas so that you can make an educated decision for you and your family
Soy is a legume. In Asian cultures, soy is only eaten after it is fermented because it reduces the levels of dangerous anti-nutrients. Only then is it deemed “safe.” When it is eaten in China or Japan, only a little bit gets consumed at each meal. Funny thing is that when soy hit the United States we made whole burgers out of it! Not only that, we turned soy into cheese, milk, drinks, frozen meals and diet foods.
But I digress! Soy is a great source of vegetable oil and trans fats. When the demand for these things became high, soy was the new “miracle food.” The demand was enormous. This demand was satisfied by genetically modifying (GMO’s) and engineering soy crops. After the oils and trans fats are extracted from the bean, soy protein is left. Never ones to waste, the food industry uses this protein in processed goods and products.
If you are confused about soy, you are not alone. There is a ton of information out there on both sides of the debate. While some think it is an amazing super food, others think it causes cancer.
Soy has traces of aluminum. Soy processing is highly industrialized. It is acid washed and put into aluminum tanks. Aluminum then leaches into the beans after this washing.
Soy has phytates, enzyme inhibitors and goitrogens, which are actually classified as “anti nutrients.” These can block the absorption of “real” nutrients in the intestines, which is why soy sometimes causes gas and flatulence. Lovely. Soy has the ability to disrupt normal thyroid function.
With all of this evidence, maybe now you can make a more educated decision. Personally, I have decided to limit my child’s soy intake. I steer clear from kids’ foods and drinks that contain soy. Let me know what you will do.
-Avoid all processed soy
- When you do have soy, make sure it is organic, fermented and unpasteurized
-If you are having soy sauce, go for tamari, Nama Shoyu or Bragg’s Amino Acids.
-Have miso that is organic and hasn’t been heated to boiling as that cancels all the health benefits.
-Tempeh is fermented and is a great tofu replacement.