Soy is not a “health” food

Protein is essential for optimal health and growth and it can be difficult to obtain in a vegetarian diet if you are not paying attention to the source of your foods. Be sure to combine foods properly or eat the right foods so that your body is getting the protein it needs for your baby’s development. There are numerous websites available to help you decide which diet is right for you. The main thing to remember is that you are getting all the nutrients you need from your food and some from your supplements (see supplements chapter on page 200). Vegetarians tend to get little iron, B12 and Omega 3 fatty acids, as well as Vitamin D and Vitamin A. Further, many vegetarian diets include a great deal of soy from soy milk to soy cheese and soy hamburgers. Remember, too much soy can be damaging to your body and your baby because of increased hormones and MSG and nitrites being ingested. Soy has been found to cause Hypospadias in male babies when ingested by their mother’s during pregnancy. Due to the high levels of phytoestrogens in soy; it has been linked to today’s epidemic of infertility. Further studies have linked learning disorders, attention deficit and other behavioral disorders to infants who were fed soy formula.

I encourage you to minimize your soy intake so you are not eating soy every day, or even at all. Below is a quick reference to the dangers of soy and a list of soy foods that are safe to eat. The Whole Soy Story by Dr. Kaayla Daniel,  is an excellent resource for further information. In addition, please reference the children’s health section in Postpartum Health and Happiness Volume 2, for information on infants and soy formula.

 Confused About Soy? – Soy Dangers Summarized

Reference: Soy Alert!

High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.

Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.

Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women.

Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.

Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body’s requirement for B12.

Soy foods increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D.

Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein.

Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.

Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing and additional amounts are added to many soy foods.

Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.