Q: Are soy milk and soy based foods good for me?

A:The soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or “anti-nutrients”. First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes vital for protein digestion.

These inhibitors are large, tightly folded proteins that are not completely deactivated during ordinary cooking. They can produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake.

In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer. Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together.

Trypsin inhibitors and haemagglutinin are growth inhibitors. Weaned rats fed soy containing these anti-nutrients fail to grow normally. Soy also contains goitrogens which are substances that depress normal thyroid function.

Furthermore, oestrogen-like plant hormones in soy can cause adverse effects on the human body and also has the potential to disrupt the digestive, immune and neuro-endocrine system and its role in rising rates of infertility, hypothyroidism and some types of cancer including thyroid and pancreatic cancers.

Soy is also highly allergenic. Most experts now place soy protein among the top eight allergens of all foods. And as a final note, soy bulking agents are used in the vast majority of pre-packed foods you probably buy already.

Long story short: I advise you to eliminate or at least reduce your soy intake.

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