What’s the deal with Soy? Part 1

I am not a nutritional expert by any means. Everything I have learned has been through reading books, blogs, websites, podcast’s, interviewing people, etc. etc. I enjoy education and learning new things. Nutrition and healthy eating has just become a personal hobby for me, mostly for the betterment of our family’s health. I have seen, firsthand, just what a healthy diet can do for human-beings. I have also seen, first hand, what a diet chalked-full of processed foods and refined sugar can do for human-beings. Our family has been on both sides of this, and we all prefer to never go back to the second example!

“So what’s the deal with soy?” Soy has been told to us that it is good. Then the experts tell us it is bad. It was suggested to us to take soy out of our diets because it is a grain and can contribute to eczema. Soy, like corn, is LITERALLY in everything….more than just soy milk, soy sauce, and tofu. It’s in a large majority of processed or boxed food, Pam spray, mayo, granola bars, infant formula, etc. Also, Soy, like corn, is largely subsidized by the government, SO……

Back in 1995, a company called Monsanto decided to create a Genetically Modified (GMO or GM) version of soy beans. GMO soy is contaminated with pesticide residues. The reason it is GMO is so they can spray the potent toxic herbicide Roundup on them to improve crop production by killing the weeds. Unlike the Asian culture, where people eat small amounts of whole non-GMO soybean products, western food processors separate the soybean into two golden commodities—protein and oil. And there is nothing natural or safe about these products.

“If it seems like soy foods appeared out of nowhere to be regarded as the “miracle health food” of the 21st Century, it’s because they did.

From 1992 to 2006, soy food sales increased from $300 million to nearly $4 billion, practically overnight, according to the Soyfoods Association of North America. This growth came about due to a massive shift in attitudes about soy. And this shift was no accident—it was the result of a massive investment in advertising by the soy industry that’s been wildly successful.

Soy is indeed big business, very big business.

From 2000 to 2007, U.S. food manufacturers introduced more than 2,700 new soy-based foods, and new soy products continue to appear on your grocer’s shelves.”  (taken from Mercola.com)

I blindly gave Julia, who was allergic to milk until she was 2, soy products. She drank, daily, soy milk for a year until she could have milk again. I regret not doing research on the products I was giving my own daughter. I encourage YOU to do research on soy before drinking it or consuming products containing soy.

I heard once that GMO should stand for “God Move Over.” It’s true. God DID create soy beans, but he did NOT create the ones we use in our Western culture. Sad that we have destroyed something that could have been good food.

A documentary that Shawn and I enjoyed watching that went into great detail about Monsanto and soy is “Forks over Knives.” EXCELLENT documentary!

-Kelly

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