Wow, finally… this commentary is long overdue! I started drinking soy milk because I was allergic to milk, and because the “industries” out there said it was a good source of protein. I did this for 5 years almost on a daily basis. During that time, I began to experience painful breast symptoms that I had not had before, AND I finally ended up with a positive reaction (allergy) to soy. I hadn’t been allergic to it before, but it only took a few years of using it to get there. I am talking about 1.5 cups a day, not much. I have talked to every family member and close friend about the problem I had with soy. My elderly mom finally went off of it (she used it for her cereal on a daily basis) and her GI symptoms cleared up almost immediately. I plan to print this out and send this article to her. Keep up the good work, Dr. Mercola, in getting the word out about our health choices and what’s real. It takes dedication and expert knowledge to ferret out our real health options. Thank you.
As a new reader you seem to be unaware that this is not overdue at all and there are articles on the site over ten years old that discuss this.
Excellent article, Doc. Soy, along with Corn and Canola are three of the food crop items that are among the four most predominately genetically engineered crops in the world (the fourth is cotton). And, in the U.S. in particular, they are found in a huge percentage of the food products on our grocer’s shelves. Just try finding a salad dressing or butter substitute which does not contain one or more of canola oil, corn oil or soy. In addition to being genetically engineered to withstand more Roundup (which is a relative of Agent Orange and contains some of the same compounds as the toxic dispersant Corexit), the crops are also engineered to produce their own pesticides. Recent research has found that GMO genetic material is transferring from one species to another, and is being taken up by intestinal bacteria in humans.
Man has such a terrible record of trying to manipulate and better nature. We are all living – and perhaps dying – experiments of what the long term consequences will be.
I think an important point is missed, in many soybean discussions. Conceding, for a moment, purely for the sake of argument, that the soybean is the world’s healthiest legume, it must be noted that the bean is not what people generally are eating. The soy products, on the store shelves, are made from soybean flakes, which are what is left after the beans have been subjected to all manner of indignity, to get the oil from them. The flakes are so denatured that no creature should eat them. Further processing, into ‘milk,’ textured vegetable protein and other tasty treats, probably does not result in any improvement. I think there is no food which would be healthy, after so much processing.
I ate a few steamed soybeans, many years ago. I decided they were not fit food, for a human (at least not this one,) because they were ugly, they smelled bad, and they gave me gas. I swore off. I tried soy ‘milk,’ only once. It was ugly and smelled bad. I’m not sure if it would have given me gas. I didn’t swallow it. And then there’s tofu. Yuk! Looks like someone already ate it.
I suppose some folk assume that any horrible unsatisfying ingestible substance, such as soy flake derived food substitutes, must be healthy.
While it may be true that naturally brewed soy sauce is healthy, the article fails to mention that the majority of soy sauce sold in America is not of that category. Most soy sauce in America is highly processed garbage oftentimes even with high fructose corn syrup added. Read your labels.
Excellent point, Liberty. I suppose that if the news about soy dangers gets too widespread they could pull the same trick that Canola and MSG producers did and which the corn syrup industry is trying to do now – just give it a different name.
Hey, I thought you got shot? : )
Yep, thanks to this site I found a brand of unpasteurized, oak barrel aged soy sauce that is imported from Japan. Before that I used San-J organic Tamari.
True. I use Pearl River brand naturally brewed light soy sauce. Not “lite” as in low salt, but “light” as in mild.
Now Iknow why…Non one else in my family has or had thyroid issues. I have bben eating soy for many years… in the form of soymilk. I have developed fatty tumors on my thyroid and am on my way so seeing an ) I could’t figure what was up with my skin. I stopped using petroleum based products like Vaseline for skin moisturrizers and replaced that with a mixture of soybean oil and olive oil. It seemed that my skin was getting worse. I thought it was the possible thyroid problem.
I WILL STOP ALL SOY. I was eaking SOYJOY bars washing them down with SILK SOYMILK thinking I am eating healthier. Since I stopped eating wheat SOY was the replacement grain. Whne I became lactose intolerant..I started using soymilk.
Hopefully, I am not too far gone to repair my thyroid and get my skin back to normal.
Thank you…for this invaluable information.
Nice article Doc. Don’t eat soy or any related products. Amazing how they are touting it as a health food.
Many vegans consume it and that may be part of their problem.
Actually libertyvalance soy sauce often also contains wheat so I avoid it but Tamari is a safer version and I use it for my family . No HFCS but some wheat.
I’m vegetarian lac-to-ovo type so I do alright avoiding soy except Nato and Tempe.I believe I am allergic to regular soy and now wheat and can’t help but wonder if it’s the processing and GMO’s that started those in tolerances. I also wonder if Wheat is on the GMO tract unbe known by the general public. What haven’t they genetically engineered? I also think there is no organic corn, canola, or soy grown in the us. Recent news stories talk about GMO Canola growing by the road side. I’m a gardener, pollen spreads great distances. I find it hard to believe 80-90% of soy, corn, and canola can be Gmo and not be carried over to organic crops.
nursing case manager: yes, wheat is already being genetically modified in the lab and experiment fields :(
As a vegetarian, I have known about the health issues related to soy/soy products for years. I feel it is irresponsible to “lump” all vegetarians into this mindless group that will eat anything that’s been advertised as healthy just to avoid meat. Most vegetarians are far more health conscious and informed than the average meat eater. There are so many healthy sources of protein out there that don’t fall into the soy/meat/fish category. As a vegetarian, I have a far more varied and healthy diet now. The most important issue here is to KNOW your food. Where was it grown, what was it fed and how was it processed. Obviously, processed foods of any kind should be minimized and when chosen, the ingredient list should be scrutinized before buying. Why don’t you write an indepth article on the health affects of eating meat/fish/poultry from factory farms? Tell your readers about all the hormones and antibiotics that these animals ingest before they’re artificially fattened up before they go to slaughter. How the antibiotics that are fed to animals are a contributing factor to these new antibiotic resistant infections in humans.
The animal agriculture industry is powerful and corrupt(along with Big Agra producing the garbage corn and soy). The reason this info is not reported on most television programming is due to the threat of losing millions of dollars in advertising revenue and the threat of a lawsuit (remember Oprah and the beef industry?).
Yes, GMO’s of all kinds should be banished! Soy is only one of them. We should all be sourcing our foods from organic, sustainable and humane farms. Remember, organic does not always mean healthy and humane. The term organic, as it is used and owned by the FDA, only means hormone and pesticide free. The animals can still be raised in very crowded and unhealthy ways and even be fed the remains of their sick relatives that couldn’t be sold for their meat.
Dr. Mercola….please address some of these issues!
Shari as a fellow vegetarian I agree with the points you have made about vegetarians. We really do research our foods , buy organic and buy local.
But I must point out that Dr. M. has addressed your issues previously. He is definitely aware of the contamination of meat. Look at some of his older issues.
Agree, Shari. Use the search box at the top of the page. CAFO conditions are well-known to Mercola members.
There are PLENTY of articles on Mercola’s site covering the issues you discuss. You did not look for them.
Meat quality is not the same from country to country. One must not think that the stupid way of raising animals in the USA is universally adopted worldwide. Then, the negative apects of meat often reported cannot be taken from granted everywhere. The Frenchs eat a lot of conventionnal meat, still they are much more healthy than americans.
If your refer directly to metabolic typing references, a protein type person MUST absolutely eat meat to stay well. The potential problems caused by the bad quality and raising methods comes second in priorities. That’s unrealistic to ask low income peoples to eat only alaskan salmon or grass fed beef only when they simply cannot afford it. And raw milk here in Canada is totally illegal and vitually impossible to find, unless you live in the north and your brother own a farm.
Personnaly, I cannot digest correctly any significant vegetal source of proteins. Legumes make me bloated and a methane production plant.
Shari_B, I would say that any vegan or vegetarian bashing is unnecessary to a discussion of soybeans, and would well have been left out. There is no need for this whole thing to be quasi-personal, but, for “Most vegetarians are far more health conscious and informed than the average meat eater” I must award you a good-natured Bronx cheer. I do give you a point, for the rest of your quite reasonable comments.
I was one of those who was trying to do the healthy thing and included a lot of soy in my diet. 4 years ago I developed severe hyperthyroidism (mine was Graves disease) and landed myself in the hospital twice. I am a very experienced nurse and it took my own personal skills to figure out what was wrong (no one bothered to test my thyroid in the hospital, my head, heart, everything but). It turned out I was borderline thyroid storm, it was so bad. The endocrinologist gave me 2 options, radiation therapy or surgical resection. I opted for neither and changed my diet. One of the things I discovered in my research about Graves disease (the autoimmune disease of the thyroid) is that unfermented soy contributes to autoimmune disease, and I was using a lot. As soon as I found out how bad the soy products were I completely eliminated them. BTW, I started out with macrobiotics, which took me a long way to healing, and finally went to a mostly raw diet with juicing (the juicer recommended by Dr Mercola is fabulous). I follow Dr Mercola and Dr Sears and abid by their dietary recommendations. My TSH and T4 have been normal for a year now, without medication and with a fully functioning thyroid. I am 56. It can be done. My endocrinologist is blown away.
I am hypothyroid and taking natural desiccated thyroid Rx. My condition was never extreme. (I think my highest TSH test result was 5.5 without medication and is now 1.7 on Rx.) My hope is to recover fully and get off the Rx. Is there one particular think you did that made a big difference?
I avoid soy, juice when I’m not too lazy, eat mostly raw veg and fruit. I’m definitely a work in progress.
This is such an important issue. Of course those of us who are now vigilant about avoiding soy find it ironic that the strong soy proponents attribute mystical “nutrition” claims to unfermented soy. Americans consume massive amounts of food. Replacing a substantial part of that food with unfermented soy does not in any way equate to the minute traditional consumption of non GMO fermented soy (about 2 teaspoons per day) in traditional Asian condiments or small amounts of natto etc. The supposed “health” that people feel when they begin to eat soy in many cases gives way to vague symptoms which include brain fog, aches, and digestive ills. It is a vicious circle of self-delusion and plays right into agribusiness’s hands.
Dr. Mercola may have written about this, but it is worth mentioning that the ROOT of the soybean plant was the most valued part until the 20th century–soy absorbs more heavy metals and toxins from the soil than any other crop, and was used mainly as a non-food rotation crop in Asia.
I eat fermented real soy sauce occasionally, but I now studiously avoid any other form of soy.
I started eating soy years ago. I was convinced it was a health food. And I thought I was allergic to milk, so I figured soy milk would be a good substitute.
I started with soy milk, and somehow managed to drink it. I told myself the bitter, flat, processed flavor must be good for me. I stopped drinking dairy products completely, and substituted soy where I had been using it. No more milk or cheese or cream cheese. I put tofu in my scrambled eggs and smoothies, drank soy milk, bought protein bars made of soy protein, and thought I was doing something great. I read books and web pages telling me how great soy was, and told myself it was all true.
During this period, I became prone to headaches. I lost interest in sex. I felt sick and drained a lot. I started losing my hair. My teeth hurt. It was a struggle to think. I was in a mental fog and felt like I was getting old. My son, who was eating all that soy along with me, started having similar health problems. I had to wonder about that. He couldn’t use getting old as an excuse.
I finally started reading some articles about soy that suggested it could be a problem. I was outraged at the authors. How dare they attack soy! I didn’t and couldn’t believe it. But as an experiment, I decided to stop eating it for a week and see what happened.
The day I stopped eating it I started feeling better. This was after eight years of misery. My headaches and irritability went away. Three days later, all of my symptoms had gone away. No more fatigue. No more brain fog. I haven’t had soy since then, and the symptoms have never come back.
I still read articles online saying that soy is a wonder food. The authors post nasty, caustic, sarcastic comments about those who dare to say bad things about soy. They’re “sure” it’s a miracle food. In the same articles they talk about all the things they’re trying hoping to get some relief from the symptoms that they’ll never admit soy is causing.
People who praise soy will also love and defend chemo, fluoride,and flu shots.
They are conditioned, or perhaps its nature weeding out the dumb…(sarcasm)
I tried soy milk for about 2 months, (advice of allopathic doc) I was gagging from the first to the last sip. Since then I have gone from drinking 1% milk to whole organic milk.
I ditched the allopath, found a teaching herbalist and realized I AM responsible for my well being.
Of course Doc Mercola was there first to wake me up and teach teach teach !
THANK YOU DOCTOR MERCOLA
Amen to that, unsheepled!!
Agree 100% with the article.
The Weston A. Price Foundation where Kaayla Daniels has been an active member have been researching and warning folks about soy for so many years. Those who believe soy is healthy should take the time to read all these research over many years and everything the non-profit foundation stands for.
See everything here: www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert.html
Most recently, they’ve been trying to fight Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Soy Diet for Illinois Prisoners
See here: www.westonaprice.org/…/1624.html
I wonder if fermenting GM soy makes it safe? Has anyone addressed that?
Good question, but fermenting GMO soy doesn’t help. You need to avoid all GM soy, fermented or not
Even fermented non GMO soy has phytoestrogen hormonal influences, like isoflavones, that can be problematic if you consume them in large quantities.
Whether or not “fermenting GM soy makes it safe,” it encourages the opposition by increasing sales of their diabolical product.
Just Say No to all things that are artificially* genetically modified.
*Note that humans have indulged in “natural” genetic modification for some 16,000 years! Hybridization and selective breeding is a safe and natural way of “modifying” organisms to have characteristics we desire. Too bad this process is just to darn slow to satisfy corporations, who have their eyes glued to next quarter-year results, whereas selective breeding typically focuses on quarter-century results.
Why exactly is it reckless for humans to consume a vegan diet ? Is there some nutrient which is found only in animal tissues ? As far as I can tell there is no scientific reason many humans cannot thrive on a plant- based diet. I am not asking about theories of nutritional types or diet recommendations, or personal observations, but if there is serious scientific evidence of nutrients that humans cannot obtain from plants. I know I get a good amount of B12, protein and essential amino acids from my vegan diet, feel better than I ever have before when I ate flesh and I’m still waiting for the health disaster that the nutritional expert Angelina Jolie has warned us about. Basically I’d like some hard science explaining why humans can’t thrive on plants, when many people seemingly have and are currently doing so. I’m not talking about living to be extremely old or a perfectly balanced diet either, just curious what is/are the missing nutrient(s) that animals produce from plant foods, and why can’t humans (omnivores) do so ?
Hi, mcpullish! Shame this discussion, about a bean, has devolved into a mudslinging contest between vegans and meat eaters. I give you a point for being reasonable, even if as off topic as the rest of the veg vs. meat discussion. Your questions are sensible and neutral. I will try to point to answers to the questions, with no intent to denigrate your chosen path.
At the link below, is a description of the ruminant (grazer) digestive system. Many things it can do are things I know that my digestive system cannot do:
An image search for “ruminant digestive system” will provide diagrams that make the explanation easier to grasp.
The next link describes some of the missing, or nearly missing, nutrients that you ask about, in your last question.
That’s a start. If you want more, I’ll leave you to find it for yourself. To your health, sir!
Thanks as always for excellent investigatory health info. Also of note: it was the soy industry that demonized coconut oil — one of the healthiest oils in the world — back in the 70’s. They used flawed “scientific” studies that used partially hydrogenated coconut oil rather than pure virgin coconut oil to “prove” how bad it was. The soy industry decimated the coconut oil industry with its negative propaganda about so-called unhealthy saturated fat. Luckily the tide is turning somewhat today and people are waking up to the health benefits of coconut in its many forms.
I have to agree with this article. Although I believe the good doctor’s wish that the way animals are raised has to be changed is a pipe dream. The inhumane way animals are raised, fed and slaughtered will never change. There’s just too much profit in factory farming. In our American obsession with profits uber alles, raising healthier foods is just too uncapitalistic. If you do eat soy products (I eat some tofu at oriental restaurants to avoid carrion) make sure they are from organic soybeans and nothing else. I do eat tempeh and fermented soy sauces (be careful of the “soy sauces” you buy. Make sure they are real and organic). I do enjoy edamame for a snack on occasion. I have yet to try natto. All the natto I can find is loaded with MSG. I do have to admit, I do on occasion enjoy a tofu dog with the “works”. Notice I said on occasion. Tofu cheese…yuck! GMO soybeans (as are any GMOs) are an insult to a loving god. I find it interesting that the corporations that push GMO foods also fight tooth and nail so they don’t have to acknowledge them on food ingredient labels. Avoid nonorganic soy products like the plague, whether fermented or not. Monsanto is the very devil!
I bet a lot of people here do not know that most chickens are being fed soy. In fact their food is 63% soy. After I became allergic to eggs and started having thyroid problems, I happened to look at the bag of poultry feed that I was feeding my chickens and became aware of the amount of soy in it. A friend of mine who has both his doctorate in chemistry and one in botany told me that what the animals are eating, we, in turn are eating. Thus, those of you who do not think you are eating soy, might be without knowing it. Soy is being fed to all poultry and to cows. Unless, you know who raises the meat you eat, you really don’t know what you are getting. Furthermore, I read recently that 99% of the meat in the U.S. is factory farmed.
Thus, I don’t think we are protected in America because there is too much greed involved.. Dr. Mercola, I hope you will print this.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer (stage 2b) a little over two years ago. I had been taking a soy pill to help with menopause symptoms (I was 45 at the time). I have to wonder if that didn’t contribute to my cancer. Fortunately I found a doctor in integrative medicine at Ohio State University and he has me on a better diet, diagnosed my gluten intolerance and has me on a lot of supplements. Thanks for all the work you do Dr. Mercola, I read your articles faithfully and forward them to family and friends. I really think our farming practices and diets have to change. My whole family is now eating healthier. Back to basics!
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All I know is that I am gluten intolerant. When I heard the marketing saying that people who are gluten sensitive can eat sprouted wheat, I stared eating Ezekiel bread. I ended up having a severe reaction to it (bloating and body aching).
Funny why Dr. Mercola has bashed Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s China Study (with over 25 years of research conducted by 3 very respectable universities) and accepts Dr. Kaayla Daniel’s book as the gospel…
Dr. Kaayla Daniel happens to be on the board of Weston A. Price Foundation, a foundation that is openly anti-Vegetarian/vegan and very open about it, heavily promoting the consumption of animal products….
I have lived in Asia for most of my life and I know that (at least in the region that i lived in) soy was eaten almost as a staple in the diet, and tofu was a big part of that, yet we did not hear anywhere near as much about the diseases that affect the western cultures where meat is the staple diet.
I can accept that if you eat nothing but soy it may not be too healthy but taken in moderation surely it is still healthier than any meat….
There’s one thing Dr. M forgot to mention in this article (I expect it’s in one of the linked articles, but it’s worth mentioning): Unfermented soy is a mineral-DEPLETING food. Yes, if you eat it, you will have fewer minerals in your body. I got this information from Dr. Gabriel Cousens, who advises us to avoid ALL soy products for this reason. I even switched misos to unpasteurized chickpea miso after I learned this, and rather than the unpasteurized organic soy sauce I used to use, I switched to coconut aminos.
I couldn’t swallow “formula” as a baby (my mother was told not to breastfeed us) back in 1954. I would throw it up as soon as I swallowed it. I was put on a soy formula, and although I was okay with it, my mother’s ObGyn wasn’t (“She’s not gaining weight fast enough” — this was the fifties, and fat babies were in fashion). My mother paid 75 cents a can for goats milk to make my formula (a lot of money in 1954, when apart from the goats milk, $10 bought a weeks’ worth of groceries for our family of five). Now, I’m glad she was forced to switch!
All nuts, grains, seeds, and legumes have this mineral depleting substance called phytic acid. It is not just soy. Even coconuts will have phytic acid. I think many vegans and raw foodists fail to realize that just because its raw and unprocessed doesn’t mean it is good for you!
Have you forgotten the pets? I have a macaw parrot, and the soy in his parrot pellets almost killed him with seizures.
I don’t think it is any accident that those who benefit the most from soy in pet food — those in the veterinary community — peddle the foods that contain it.
I’ve been anti soy for at least 20 years when I learned its major contribution was estrogen. As a male I was not interested and thought at the time that a warning to men should have been posted on it. I do believe it is part of the erectile dysfunction we have been seeing lately.
More recently, I’ve been reading little snippets about the dangers to women. Yet our supermarkets are full of processed foods whose ingredients contain soy oil. I just can’t believe a good meditterranean cook would use soy oil instead of olive oil. Give me a break.
Sad, that our country is stooping so low in order to be the best in profits.
Thanks for getting the word out. I would say you have new readers who have not been informed of this before. Up until 5 years ago I drank a lot of soy milk believing it was healthful and ended up with low thyroid and estrogen dominance with all the symptoms. There are still MDs out there saying that it is an “internet myth” that soy is bad for you, and this will help refute that.
The FDA! What a joke! I am glad that Dr. Mercola keeps promoting the anti-soy message. My brother and I both started replacing breakfast with a soy protein drink. He was drinking it for about 6 months and I was drinking it for even less. We both had growths, thankfully both benign, and my hair started falling out. I even stopped feeding my chickens the stuff and their eggs got much better, deep orange yolks and tasty.
Thanks for the soy warning, especially about the large dose of female hormones in soy baby formulas!
I’ll immediately switch to fermented soy, especially Natto.
Unfortunately, most organic chicken food has soy in it. In fact, it contains 60% soy. I know this because I keep chickens and developed an allergic reaction to their eggs. Anyway, I also found out that other animals such as cows and other fowl are being fed soy as well as animal renderings (dead animals that are ground up). No wonder so many of us have thyroid problems. (I never have corn syrup!)I don’t think most of us know the truth about our food and how it is being kept! We need to speak out so rich and poor can have good food and we can have a clean planet. Also, did you know that Ron Paul is a vegan?
To: Dr. Mercola
Is the presence of SOY in Vitamins detrimental? I would like to read your answer in an upcoming email
That’s a good informative article.
By the way, Nattokinase from Natto is a proteolytic enzyme and fibrinolysin and is produced by fermenting soy with bacillus subtilis and extracting it from Natto.
Most people are low in essential circulating enzymes such as plasmin, which is the only anticoagulant enzyme produced by the body.
Nattokinase is an excellent enzyme, it is taken orally, dissolves clots and protects against heart attacks, thrombosis and strokes. It helps combat plaque and improves all over blood circulation by reducing circulating fibrin, viscosity and red cell rouleaux (stacking) that results from high levels of fibrinogen, the precursor of fibrin, which causes obstructions and poor oxygen transport.
Nattokinase works much, much better than aspirin and unlike aspirin is completely safe as it works at the end of the clotting cascade and doesn’t cause scouring and vessel rupture, nor does it interfere with the intermediate stages of the clotting system like medical anticoagulents do.
Just eating Natto is not sufficient as the Nattokinase enzyme levels are too low to have a therapeutic effect.
I challenge anyone to read “The Dark side of Soy” and not hesitate to consume soy again. I can testify as to soy based baby formula adverse effect on male’s gender development. Her description of what happens in male’s who were raised on soy based formula precisely describes what happened to me.
Thank you for a very informative article. So what does one do now? I can drink milk but don’t because the mucuous wreaks havoc with my ear tubes. Rice, almond and oat milk are not an option as I don’t care for all the additives they put in the milk. So just what does one have with their cereal or latte? Any suggestions?
I switched to raw milk, stopped eating cereal, and now order an americano, instead of latte or mocha. Raw milk feels and tastes a lot better than pasteurized. I find no mucous problem, with raw milk. Breakfast cereal is not an optimal food. Coffee and milk are mutually ruinous.
In Wisconsin our politicians have decided that raw milk is too “dangerous” for us. I use hemp milk and swear by it. Funny thing is, if I eat any cereal (I’m talking whole grain organic here), I almost always go hypoglycemic within a couple of hours. It’s my body yelling at me.
Try this link. It tells you how to make your own nut milks (almond, etc) at home. Very quick and easy.
I had long been a vegetarian in the 90’s and I was very healthy. At that time I tried to drink soy milk and immediately became nauseous. I hated the taste of soy milk and tried other soy items and could not stand the smell or flavor. So, therefore, I never again tried it. Maybe being healthy (i.e. eating organic fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, fresh foods and no processed foods) helps your body tell you what foods are unhealthy, even poisonous, for your body.
Your right the healthier I get the less tolerant of junk I become. I avoid the meat counter if I’m in a market because the smell nauseates me. I think your body tries to help you avoid foods that are not healthy for you. It sounds like you are listening.
Recently I was thirsty when I was out in the community seeing patients and the only easy place to go to was a very popular fast food place. I ordered ice tea thinking it might be safe and it was so bad I threw it out.
If you can’t have milk, try to drink rice milk without sugar and with added calcium.
So what should I do about bread almost all bread has soybean oil in it or high fructose corn syrup.
Get a bread maker and make your own bread. It is very easy once you get used to it. then you know exactly what your family is eating.
There is a recipe in the LaLeche Leage Cookbook “Mother’s in the Kitchen” that is for a whole wheat bread you put in the refrigerator to rise. Amazing thing seeing that bread bloat like a pig IN the refrigerator. It makes 4 loaves that you can put on to bake at say 6am and have fresh bread for breakfast. Bad for your waistline if you love bread like I DO. LOL
About bread? Stop eating it! Not healthy stuff.
Thank you very much, Dr. Mercola, for this excellent article!
An effect of soy that I’ve seen in vegetarian men eating a high-soy diet is feminization in both body and behavior. A couple of virile young men I know who became vegetarian and began eating high levels of soy have changed dramatically. They are very much like men who are undergoing estrogen treatment in preparation for sex-change surgery! These men are now quite isolated socially — even when people can’t identify “what’s wrong”, there’s a dissonance between “This is supposed to be a man” and the obvious breast development, feminine fat distribution, and feminine characteristics in speech, gesture, and gait. In short, these men have become “freaks” and neither men nor women want to interact with them.
I know that studies have shown decreased testosterone levels and sperm production in men due to high soy intake. Have there been any studies of feminization of body and behavior? If not, there certainly should be. I daresay few men would eat high levels of soy if they knew about the feminizing effects of soy phytoestrogens!
Dr. Mercola, I am concerned about the non-GMO lecithin capsule that I am taking. Is this bad soy? I recently started taking 2-3/day because it seems to help me digest fats better (takes away nausea and gives me energy). Your reply and any feedback is appreciated.
Would definitely avoid it as it is loaded with other petrochemicals as a result of its processing. Only lecithin I recommend is from organic sunflower which is the type we use in any of our supplements or foods that contain lecithin.
Thanks for pointing out this important detail about soy. It proves my point about the benefits of consuming a wide variety of different foods. That way, any particular variety is less likely to cause one harm. The actual taste of fermented soy isn’t bad, just not tasty. But there are some delicious recipes using fermented soy.
Soy is a major problem in my diet. It causes my blood pressure to go sky high. Because of that, I’m unable to eat at most restaurants, making travel a major problem. Restaurants have got to learn that they are losing business because of the soy based precooked foods that they purchase, and then reheat or fry in more soybean oil.
Almost all fast food restaurants use soybean oil in their fryers. Arby’s is an exception using corn oil.
Please continue fighting against soy so that I can travel and enjoy eating out now and then.
Thanks for your information, and for spreading the word about this poison in our food.
I have to wonder if my son’s health was affected by the fact that when he was little, in an attempt to be “healthy”, I would by flavored tofu and cut it up in chunks for him. When I was pregnant with my next child, I drank a lot of soy milk.
I found the Weston A. Price society when he was 3 and she was 1, and ditched all soy. It made sense; when I first found out about it it was being heavily marketed to menopausal women. Why I thought what was good for 50-year-old women would be good for my toddlers is now a mystery to me. Where was my head??
We started raw milk then, and by the time my last child was born, my other two where 8 and 5, and had been drinking raw milk and eating pastured meat and eggs, drinking kombucha, eating only sprouted grains etc. for about 4 years. My youngest is so much healthier and calmer than the first two, who both have ADHD.
I do use soy in my cooking, but only naturally-fermented soy sauce, usually. And for my menu service, the only soy product I call for regularly is soy sauce.
First and foremost, I have to praise Dr. Mercola again, for broadcasting all over the world to the interested parties such substantiated and deep research on nutrition and health matters. The pool of information is priceless to all even to those who already know a few things about the matter. One aspect, that I must mention is the uncomfortable and quasi terrorising circumstances one can be placed when eating out or drinking in the West, in general, but particularly in the US. Once I approached a juice squeezing machine in a shopping mall in LA. It was manned by an assistant and it was making fresh smoothies from banana and strawberries. Nothing can be better! The only problem was that they would sell it to you in a plastic container if you wanted to take it home with you. Not that I did not have a juicer at home, I thought I would buy it, but I had an empty glass bottle of Perrier with me and I told the assistant that although I would pay for a container, I would ask him to pour the strawberry and banana smoothie in my glass bottle instead. Problem 1: he refused point blank. Problem 2: He told me that it was not just strawberry and banana but I had to have soy sauce mixed with it and I had to have it. In other words, although they squeezed the juice there and then, they had to add soy sauce to it. Of course, I did not buy any of that. The impression I got was that somebody up there in their management programmed that poor soul to force unwanted stuff on the general public. I have encountered several examples like that throughout UK and US, which makes one wonder.
I’ve been downing a carton of soy milk every week along with daily soy Boca burgers made to taste like chicken for several years. I thought any plant product you can consume would be better than meat or dairy. I have yet to notice any negative health issues and I’m pushing 40. Then again I used to eat a lot of junk food and never noticed anything negative except some extra pounds. Maybe I’ll cut back by half and drink real milk and eat chicken.
The one thing that makes me really wonder is the FDA endorsing a health food. Since they’re a corrupt corporatist entity it makes me wonder if that isn’t just to support their GMO soy growing cronies at Monsanto.
When one studies macrobiotics (human appropriate nutrition) one learns not only that the yellow or white (as opposed to the black) soy bean as such is poisonous unless fermented but, further, that the fermented soy (tofu) must be cooked before eating or it will be indigestible. The much rarer black soy bean, however, is very different and should not be included in the warnings about the commoner bean.
Just like an occasiona glass of whisky, an occasional soya ice presents no problems but large quantities consumed regularly are definitely not to be recommended.
But, as 91 percent of soy grown here is GMO, I wouldn’t even want the “occasional” soya ice cream. Why risk it?
But tofu isn’t fermented soy…
I love your dachshunds!
Should I only buy organic natto thus assuming that it will be from a GMO source if it’s not organic?
Soy foods have long been touted as a health food and to the extent at which they have become an inseparable part of modern diets. It has become an extremely convenient ingredient mainly because of the fact that it is one of the cheapest sources of protein and also because every part of the bean can be put to commercial use. What makes soy such a controversial ingredient? Unfortunately, the latest research has linked soy to fertility problems, auto immune diseases, thyroid disorders and even cancer. The western world mostly eats soy in an unfermented form in which the hazards far outweigh the benefits. Let us uncover the truth about soy foods and their profound ill-effects on the body. lovefitnesseducation.com/…/the-problem-with-soy-foods
what about sprouted organic tofu? is that ok to eat? i have been seeing it more lately.
This is a great article about soy but avoiding soy 100% is harder than it seems. I’m allergic to soy. I can avoid foods with soy by cooking from scratch but it’s a lot more difficult avoiding supplements with soy. I’m sorry, I think your products are great, but I can’t afford them so I buy what I can afford. I always check with the pharmacist to make sure that there’s no soy in the supplement I’m looking at purchasing but I hear over and over that you can never be 100% sure. That’s scary for me because I want to stay healthy but the only way I can know for sure is to try the product. My reaction to soy depends on how much of and what form I eat but it ranges from breaking out in a rash from head to toe to my blood pressure going dangerously high (this reaction happens mostly when I take supplements with soy on a daily basis, probably because it stays in my system). I’ve tried looking on line for soy free products but they are mixed in with the other products they sell so it’s hard to know for sure. Are there any sites or places that sell all soy free products? If there are places such as this how do you know for sure the manufacturer is completely honest about the ingredient list or that there isn’t any cross contamination? I know they can hide the soy ingredient with some complicated chemical names. By the way, I used to eat soy because I heard it was good for you. Can you help me?
Here’s a good link to Eden Foods which tries address and further the conversation
So confused. Been struggling with 15 lbs that I cannot seem to lose despite daily exercise, good diet. In peri-menopause. Out of desperation went to the Visalus 90 day challenge, being touted as the next big great weight loss shake. 2.5 weeks into it haven’t budged an inch or a pound. It’s a NON GMO soy product….is that still bad? The people associated with Visalus are telling me it’s the healthiest thing I can be putting in my body, the shakes are so nutritious, etc. You can’t convince anyone who’s losing weight on Visalus othewise, but I’m sure not losing despite adhering to program. Years ago when i saw a naturoopath, she suggested soy protein. Who do you believe??
what about non gmo lecithin????
Dr. Mercola casts a wide net when implicating soy products. Speaking of tofu in the same sentence with soy burgers is misleading, at best. I have never been a processed soy protein advocate and certainly products such as Soy Pups, soy burgers, carageenan laden soy beverages, foods containing hydrolyzed vegetable protein, etc. are anything but healthy. Organic tofu, however, is a very different kind of product that should not be chucked into the barrel with the rest of the lot (I have been eating it for years, my thyroid is perfectly healthy, and I am a very slender postmenopausal female).
His contention that “soy is linked to breast cancer”, while not a new one, is nevertheless suspect considering that Asians consume large quantities of soy (Dr. Mercola does not agree with that statement) and yet their breast cancer rates are among the lowest on the planet. I work with a large number of Asian students (born in China) for whom soy milk is a staple in their diets, and while I question the benefits of soy beverages saturated with texturizers and sweeteners, still they are popular among Asians, as is tofu.
Dr. Mercola is also a meat and dairy enthusiast who considers simple and complex carbohydrates, alike, the enemy. While I am not a vegetarian, I prefer to avoid the so-called “red meats” and stick to poultry and fish. I keep my protein intake to a minimum as I am already a full-grown adult whose protein needs cannot be compared to that of a growing infant or child, and concentrate my meals around complex carbohydrates. I avoid all forms of sweeteners, including honey, and do not drink fruit juice, although I eat an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and grains, preferably organic. Dr. Mercola’s vilification of carbohydrates and his less than discerning appraisal of soy products smacks of fanaticism. Moreover, his website with its perpetual in-your-face “Subscribe Now” advertising is more than enough to alienate this reader.
Val77777, you have expressed my thoughts exactly. You and I are remarkably similar in our diet styles. I was first introduced to tofu while living in Japan in my late 20s. My experience with the Japanese diet is quite different than that painted by Dr Mercola. While in Japan I ate Tofu daily with my friends. They enjoy it plain with a small amount of soy sauce or fried but mostly just plain and they ate a lot of it. Dr Mercola says that they eat mostly fermented. While we did eat some Natto, we ate far, far more Tofu. I was vegan for 15 years until I married a non-vegan but still eat a lot of Tofu, no red meat, a little fish and a little chicken, keeping my protein intake low. I am now 52 and have been eating Tofu and drinking organic soy milk for over 25 years and am in perfect health and have no fertility issues whatsoever (my youngest is 2). I will never eat anything with highly processed soy protein in it because …yuck. With everything I know about the Japanese and Chinese and their love for Tofu and my personal experience I find it very difficult to believe what people and Dr Mercola are saying on this site and their vilification of tofu. Thanks Val77777
What about soy lecithin? Why is it in herb teas? Is the amount in herb tea at ‘bad’ levels?
You mention drinking even 2 glasses of soy milk daily for a month can alter menstrual cycles & impair fertility–Is this permanent damage? Or if I stop drinking soy milk/consuming soy products will my fertility be repaired?
what about soy lecithin
Thank you for the information about soy. As a consumer of soy products, I read some of the data you presented regarding the dangers of soy. As I get my information from a number of different sources, however, I have some questions that you may be able to answer for me. Medical News Today in an article on Sept. 15, 2011 reported that Soy-based Natural S-Equol and SE5-OH Supplements (with Natural S-Equol) did not increase the risk of Estrogen Sensitive Breast Cancer. As I am sure you are aware, S-equol is a metabolite of daidzen, one of the isoflavones the FDA is worried about. Certain bacteria must be present in the large intestine for this conversion, and mnot everyone can produce S-Equol after consumption of soy.
Can you shed some light on this for me? I am currently researching the alledged link between soy consumption and inhibition of thyroid peroxidase which produce T3 and T4. Im definitely agree that GMO-produced soy is dangerous, but I know the source of my soy is GMO free. Thanks for yourtime and efforts.
I wonder if sprouted soy is okay to eat or not?
I wholly disagree with you about TUFU…it is a powerfulo food that fights cancer as it has for me and others I know
I have never been one to seek out soy….and I am not a vegetarian…however….as I battle metastatic thyroid cancer, I have trouble gaining weight and keeping my energy high. I have a friend who is a vegetarian and swears by shakes made with Soy protien with spirulina from Whole foods. I use one scoop a day in my shake which is split between my husband and I. It is organic but I am not sure how to tell if it is fermented or not. Since I began my cancer drugs, I am lactose intolerant so I cannot use Whey protien and quite honestly the plant protiens are just nasty. This Whole foods brand (vanilla flavored with spirulina) is the most pleasing to the taste. I do consume it daily….but that is the only “soy” i seek out. I am sure I am injesting soy lecithan as well from some prepackaged foods. My endo did not have a huge issue with soy and may synthroid either. He said to just take them at different times of day.
so all the soy milk even from WholeFoods that says NO GMO is bad then???
does this mean that taking lecithin which is derived from soy is no good for you
According to Bragg web site, Bragg Liquid Amino’s are not fermented, so why do you recommend using them? G Helm
How do you reconcile the benefits of fermented soy listed in your article with the results of the following meta-analysis from Medline:
Cancer Sci. 2011 Jan;102(1):231-44. doi: 10.1111/j.1349-7006.2010.01770.x. Epub 2010 Nov 10.
Fermented and non-fermented soy food consumption and gastric cancer in Japanese and Korean populations: a meta-analysis of observational studies.
Kim J, Kang M, Lee JS, Inoue M, Sasazuki S, Tsugane S.
SourceCancer Epidemiology Branch, Research Institute, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea. firstname.lastname@example.org
Soy food is known to contribute greatly to a reduction in the risk of gastric cancer (GC). However, both Japanese and Korean populations have high incidence rates of GC despite the consumption of a wide variety of soy foods. One primary reason is that they consume fermented rather than non-fermented soy foods. In order to assess the varying effects of fermented and non-fermented soy intake on GC risk in these populations, we conducted a meta-analysis of published reports. Twenty studies assessing the effect of the consumption of fermented soy food on GC risk were included, and 17 studies assessing the effect of the consumption of non-fermented soy food on GC risk were included. We found that a high intake of fermented soy foods was significantly associated with an increased risk of GC (odds ratio [OR] = 1.22, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.02-1.44, I(2) = 71.48), whereas an increased intake of non-fermented soy foods was significantly associated with a decreased risk of GC (overall summary OR = 0.64, 95% CI = 0.54-0.77, I(2) = 64.27). These findings show that a high level of consumption of non-fermented soy foods, rather than fermented soy foods, is important in reducing GC risk.
in 2009 i check my blood, and the result is T3 = 1.58.T4 =99.5.TSH=0.60.TIROGLOBULIN =16.20,result USG is Lump on the right with SIZE 33.3 x 34.4 x 85.2 mm,accompanied by a slightly increased internal echo,but no visible cystic degeneration,otherwise invisible infiltration into the soft tissue / thyroid pen ,i hope you can understand because i can’t translate in good English,from Dr he gave me medicine euthyroid,10 mm once a day in the morning before meal,after 1 year on Nov 2010 i check my blood and rusult is FT 4 = 1.26 NG/DL. TSHs =1.08 UIU/ML,and now Dr stop my medicine,only check every six month,and now i drink supplement brown seeweed 700 mg, soy bean = 300 mg,doses is 3 x 3 per day,calcium 1000 mg,ginseng 1 pil /a day and multi vitamin/mineral,and morning i drink juice from carrot 500 gram and 1 apple, and almost every day i eat tempeh ,i stop drink soy bean milk,tofu just recently i make self tempeh from organic soy and organic soy sauce,and one experts chinese herbal said i must stop all soy bean ,and will make became larger my thyroid gland ,could you give me suggest what i must do,ok thanks for help and GOD bless.
A few days ago I switched to a vegan diet from a lean meat, fruit, and vegatable one. Tofu replaced meat, and I thought I was being healthier than ever, but on the first night I switched to tofu, the packet claims organic, I started to recieve MASSIVE headaches along with irratability. In fact, I have a massive one right now. Tonight is the first time I have even become aware of these issues. These headaches are very unusual for me, and before switching to tofu I cannot remember the last time this happened.
Now of course it’s possible my headaches and inability to concentrate is caused by something else, however, my vegatable and meat diet NEVER ever gave me these horrendous headaches, and these headaches occured literally an hour after eating this tofu. I even remember thinking how strange it was how I was having a tough time concentrating, as I am now. I’m not even exagerating or embelleshing upon how severe these migranes are, and how it started right when I began consuming tofu.
Doc, I want to thank you for educating us, we need more people like you.
A few days ago I switched to a vegan diet from a lean meat, fruit, and vegatable one. Tofu replaced meat, and I thought I was being healthier than ever, but on the first night I switched to tofu, the packet claims organic, I started to recieve MASSIVE headaches along with irratability. In fact, I have a massive one right now. Tonight is the first time I have even become aware of these issues. These headaches are very unusual for me, and before switching to tofu I cannot remember the last time this happened.
Now of course it’s possible my headaches and inability to concentrate is caused by something else, however, my vegatable diet NEVER ever gave me these horrendous headaches, and these headaches occured literally an hour after eating.
Thanks Doc for opening our eyes.
any GMO is not going to be good for you. God create food as we should eat it. that includes soy. many health gouros want to knock Vegetarians. However if soy is organic and not there for GMO it has less estrognic compound genistien then peanuts, black beans, and lima beans and is also a God create food. Seed baring plant. so if you are going to say don’t eat tufo or non fermented soy then say don’t eat peanuts,, black beans, and lima beans.
I read in an earlier article, Dr. Mercola put soy sprouts in the same harmless category as fermented soy. However, there is no mention of soy sprouts in this article. So I was wondering does Dr. Mercola now consider soy sprouts to be harmful or harmless?
Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (Bragg Live Food Products Inc. Box 7 SANTA BARBARA, CA 93102) is very proud of itself, and states that it has NOT FERMENTED soya protein as its main ingredient. (The other ingredient is simply purified water.) This is confusing. Please would you enlighten me.
I am very concerned re your recent advice on soy. In many previous articles you have extolled the use of FERMENTED SOY products, including NATTO (a wonderful source of Vit K) with then no warning on FERMENTED SOY products re hormone mimics which can disrupt hormones and cause cancers, etc.
I have read the many warnings re UNFERMENTED SOY and heeded these, in fact I have not used UNFERMENTED SOY for many years since reading the Weston A Price article by Mary Enig, but started using NATTO a year ago on your advice, which I have generally found to be very reliable.
Now the article in your newsletter of about a week ago with the above “hormone mimic” warning.
How dangerous is FERMENTED SOY? I have been using NATTO every day, so you can understand my concern after
reading your recent article. Hoping for definitive help from you re this.
Why are there so many studies that show soy protects against cancer?
I would like to know what Soy Lecithin is.
Thank you kindly, Walter T. Wynn email@example.com
What about having soymilk if you are not going to have any children. Is it still bad for you. Someone told me that it actually helped her with her hot flashes. She didn’t have them and continues not to have them because she still drinks soy milk. I use to have it instead of milk. I wonder if it is better. I am post menopause, but still get somewhat warm at times.
Well, I read these articles all the time. At times I cringe at the info I wish I didn’t have to know but am ultimately grateful. This conversation is close to my heart and caused me to join in. I am a 50 year old woman with both my parents still alive and relatively healthy. I am the oldest of 3 girls, have a 10 year old boy ( the love of my life) and a 55 year old husband whom I adore. Middle Sis has been allergic to cows milk all her life, drank soy and has a few health situations. 2nd Sis was on soy for a while until her stomach was so bloated she ended up in the Doctors office. Mom is off meat and thinks soy is great for her. She’s 78 and was also on hormone replacement for way too long.
Closest to my heart right now is this, my Husband has discovered my Kellog’s Special k protein plus. I thought this cereal was fantastic! It gave me energy for the whole morning with very little calories and tons of protein. Basically it helped me to lose 10 pounds this past year. Dear H discovered it’s power about the time I went over the ingredients after reading an earlier soy article. So much soy!!! And on an everyday basis… As I seem to be the bearer of bad (health) news in my Family and also the preparer of foods this is hard for me. My family thinks I am too intense and always trying to find the bad news. My Son is always telling me he wants to eat what a normal boy eats. H goes nuts when I mention danger from cell phones, etc. I try to do the best I can but I make mistakes all the time. Any input on this cereal? I have since given the cereal up but am I allowing my handsome husband to compromise his health by continuing to keep it in the pantry? He has previously enjoyed stopping for the devil’s breakfast at a fast food place on the way to work. Ciao! I hope someone will answer this post, me in between (all the people i love)
Would like to know if fermented soy milk is okay and healthy.
My questions re soy were banned. Any reason?
Find your article on soy rather hard to believe. After suffering menopause for over 7 years, increased soy and linseed to my diet. Tried all natural remedies first (at a great cost) then even HRT. Nothing worked. I add soy to just about anything I cook, instead of salt, in the hope that it will help. Was also told that broccoli helps, so eat heaps of that too. Should I now delete soy from my diet? Any other suggestions? Thanks for your continued help.
I’d like to bring up that one of your products “Pro-Optimal Whey” contains Phosphatidylcholine from soy lecithin. Can you say that this is completely harmless?
How would Medifast products fit into the soy products? It has been used for 30 years and I have not heard about any of these symptoms in individuals who have been on the product for many years. Any thoughts?
@Winter: Monks and nuns in Asia “shrink the sexual urges” not by consuming soy but by avoiding consumption of garlic and onions. They take soy for the protein, just like everyone else.
To those who asked, instead of dairy milk or soy milk in your coffee, you can use coconut milk or cream and raw black cane sugar. Instead of drinking milk or soy, you can make nice, tasty lassi or yoghurt drinks at home. Or drink herb tea and get your protein from other foods, like nuts and dairy products.
It is easy to make your own soy milk. Start from scratch with organic non-GMO soy beans (not soy powder), soak in plenty of water, then liquidise, strain and boil it for 5 minutes. Tofu can also be made easily at home from soy milk. I think edamame should be okay if it is non-GMO and you cook it well.
I am Asian, born and living in Asia. Asians have consumed soy (or soya, as we call it) for millennia. This is soy in all its forms, fermented and unfermented. It has been and still is the primary source of protein for a large part of Asia, mainly China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Indo-China. The fact that Asians have lived healthily for thousands of years on all forms of soy must mean that soy in itself can’t be bad.
But, we have rules about soy. It *must* be cooked, to deactivate components of soy which are toxic if taken in raw form. Soy milk must be heated to boiling. Tofu must be boiled or fried. Sprouts are blanched or stir-fried, although I personally think the sprouting also has the same deactivation effect.
Fermentation is another way to break down the toxic components into safer ones, without having to cook it. Raw soy in any form is never eaten in Asia.
I suspect soy products sold in the West are prepared from raw soy which has been highly processed and stripped apart and then reconstituted to make them appear and taste like the original thing, but still containing the unsafe components as well as any additives put into it.
This is an even bigger problem. Almost all of the soy grown in the US is GMO, thanks to Monsanto. You can read all about (the horrors of) GM soy here and elsewhere on the net.
So the soy products in the West are doubly unsafe. First, they are GM soy, and second, they may still contain the toxic components of raw soy and other additives.
Unfortunately, GM soy (from Monsanto) is now grown in China. It’s just a matter of time before the same health issues crop up in Asia.
Also, please be aware that ‘organic’ is not always so, and this term is now being abused. There are companies in the US selling products made from “organically grown” soy and Canola. Just because they use organic farming methods to grow GM soy and GM Canola or any GM crop does ^not^ make those crops ‘organic’, they are still GM
The Russian studies seem to compare GMO vs. non-GMO, both non-fermented, soybeans. Would fermentation of GMO soybeans make them any healthier, or should they be avoided in this form, too? I want to make home-made natto and wonder if I should find Japanese beans. I have bought a bag of organic soybeans, product of U.S., but it appears that organic labeling does not imply non-GMO.
Keep up the good work.
Can you recommend a good source for soy sauce? I am especially interested in wheat free soy sauce.
Does edamame good for our health?
i think claiming that “only fermented soy” is a bit too exclusive.
24 hour soaking as well as sprouting of the soybean (non GMO) is sufficient to breakdown soy’s powerful ‘anti-nutrients’.
Therefore, (products made by) EdenSoy actually know about this, and practise it, and therefore produce decent soy foods (note: i am not a spokesperson for EdenSoy).
Also it was also my understanding that edamame is immature enough that it has not yet built up the estrogens and anti-nutrients yet to make it harmful to eat.
Can you please elaborate on these as I was aware of most of what you wrote of already in your article but am having trouble accepting its exclusivity of only fermented soy. Afterall, soaked (then made into milks/tofu) and sprouted soy are a traditional food too (along with Natto, tempeh, etc.). These are also foods that Asian’s have subsisted on healthfuly for millenia.
Lisa Marie RHN
Dr. Mercola I have a question for you about BRAGGS Liquid Aminos being safe to consume or not? It is a liquid seasoning from soy protein(I’m sure you heard of it)It states on the bottle it is NON-GMO and not fermented and contains 16 amino acids(listed at bragg.com)Just wondering if this is safe to consume. I am breast cancer survivor of three years now and want to stay healthy by what I eat for the future. Thank you so much for all you do and telling us the truth. I too thought soy was healthy and have consumed silk french vanilla creamer for several years everyday in my coffee. Any suggestions on a healthy alternative? Thanks again.
Dr. Mercola what do we do if our child was given soy formula until 1 year old? She was lactose intolerant? 9 years old now and in good health. Recommendations please.
I’d like to know your opinion about the soy yogurt.
Our son as an infant…now 9 was BF for about 6 months and then put on soy formula….Due to some personal health issues of my own we completely changed out diet about 3 yrs ago. Is there any way to know if the soy formula has caused any damage to him and is there anything he should be getting now because of being on the soy as an infant?
After reading this, I must admit I learned something about soy. We used to put soy milk on most things, but quit buying it for some reason or such. Thank you Dr. Mercola for this excellent article. I also downloaded the articles you have here. I ESPECIALLY enjoy the one about the flu vaccines. I WILL be sure to pass that one around.
I am growing soy beans in my garden. I plan to eat them steamed (edamame). Would this be considered unhealthy?
I would think that natto, tempah and miso all contain the same harmful constituents as regular soy…unless the fermented source is organic. No?
Other sources rather say that asians eat unfermented soy products as well as fermented soy. Still, they are generally more healthy.
Is it possible that over the centuries, they have developed a genetic tolerance or adaptation to it?
(which is not the case with most of us)
Is it just a recent habit for them (unfermented soy products) and they will get the bad effects later?
A naturopath even told me once that phytic acid is not dangerous and even healthy.
Is it possible that a huge adaptation variation could be present from individual to individual?
Is there a metabolic type more suited (or tolerant) for soy than the others?
Whatever the food we look at, radical change in a short period is always potentially problematic.
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Stewie dear, you are just off the friggin’ hook. I’ve grown wormwood (Artemesia absinthium) in my herb garden for 30 years. It’s one of the “bitter herbs” in the bible and is thought to be anti-helminthic, among other things. It is the main flavoring in vermouth and the source of Absinthe, a rather addictive drink that can be toxic in excess, which is why it has been banned in many places. (I’ve read that it is enjoying a revival). “Space manufactured” indeed. Geez.
What about the TVP in the organic storage foods from sundance and efoods?
What about black soy beans. They do not even taste like soy beans. Are they the same as the other soy beans?
“Some soy propagandists have suggested that the solution to this is for all of us to become vegetarians—a reckless recommendation rooted in total ignorance about nutrition”
With respect Dr Mercola, I believe your statement is reckless and ignorant. Eating a balanced vegetarian diet reduces your risk of cancer and heart disease as well as significantly reducing your footprint, anti-biotic use, and factory farming. It has to be a balanced diet for sure, but nevertheless be careful what you say to you subscribers. You may be offending people like me, who are far from ignorant about these issues.
Seems like you failed to read the last article on vegetarianism articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/09/08/china-study.asp.. which more carefully details why I believe this is true. Believe you are confusing this statement for me saying that no one should be a vegetarian which is not the case. That would be equivalent as stating all should eat meat, which is not the case.
We are all different and there is no perfect diet for everyone, whether it be meat or vegetarian. However do believe that everyone should have vegetables as the basis of their diet.
I am tired of this pro meat anti vegan stance. the Asians have been eating fermented soy for centuries. Also, the insulin-resistant/ prediabetic/diabetic patients I know who do best are the ones that adopt the raw food diet, with chol falling to 140.
Don’t sweat it so much. If a vegetarian/vegan diet works best for you go for it and enjoy.
Doctor M–There have been several posts including my own asking for you or your associates to elaborate on Edamame. It’s popular with children so this is certainly important. I’m confused because I thought it was a raw health food. Now I’m thinking if it’s organic then it’s okay–is the problem that it may be GMO? Anyway a little help please we’re all guessing.
I’m guessing too, but if it’s organic, then an occasional snack of edamame is probably okay.
Agree totally with everything in this article.
I started to drink lots of soy milk a year ago and a half ago. I suddenly developed thyroid problems along with ‘female’ problems. I felt terrible having problems with my memory and my words kept coming out jumbled and wrong. I then read Dr Mercola’s information and stopped the soy. After 5 months, my thyroid has returned to normal and the other problems have gone!
THANKS FOR SHOWING EVERYONE THE TRUTH, DR MERCOLA!
On your list of soy foods to avoid you have included edamame. It is unprocessed. Why is it on this list?
Possibly because it is likely to be genetically modified (GM).
Yea, Gm, and my understanding is that there is also a protein that is toxic. Fermentation breaks that protein down. The last time (years ago now and by accident) I ate edamame, my throat and mouth began to itch and I became dizzy. I am extra cautious now.
What about sprouted organic tofu?
It is very important to also mention that not only the overuse so many soy products is causing so much havoc on women’s estrogen levels but when also combined with overuse of Peruvian Maca which is presumed to have hormone-normalizing effects due to the roots unique nutritional profile providing optimum levels of nutrients utilized by the body’s endocrine system, women are actually sitting on a ticking time bomb.
Also be careful that both of these foods are often added to other foods so unless we very careful about reading the contents of ingredients they may slip by us undetected.
Making soy as an origin of the breast cancer is ridiculous. Every time I saw this I will laugh.
US has the highest rate in breast cancer around the world, if you looked at the breast cancer distribution rate in any resources, you will clearly be notified that countries who are proud of the “Diary food” (milk, cheese) and meat have higher breast cancer rate. For example: looked at Japan, who eat ‘Tou fu’ as their major dishes, the rate is only 1/3 of the US.
It is clearly that fewer American realized this. It is not the ‘Soy’, it is from all the daily food we eat. If all meat or diary or food has low hormone and other substances and if American eat less sugar, a lot of the health problem will disappear….
Therefore, the major reason is the meat and the diary food, why people are fear of blaming these food? But just blame ‘soy’, which only counts on less than 20% of the American’s daily food. It is stupid result without looking around the world. Too narrow to be true.
There is a lot of evidence supporting the theory that Japan has significantly lower levels of breast cancer due to their tremendously higher levels of iodine compared to the U.S. See Iodine4health.com to read some of the research.
ssshh88, I totally agree. Think Dr. Mercola and many of the commenters are identifying the wrong villain. Noting that soy is “loaded with the phytoestrogestrogens genistein and daidzein” as proof this “wrecks your brain” and causes heart disease and caner is absurd. Phytoestrogens are not estrogens but are natural substances that have a weak estrogenic effect, certainly not enough to feminize males or cause estrogen dominance in females. Better to be concerned about the xenoestrogens and other toxic chemicals found in common household products (plastics of all kinds, especially food containers) and the synthetic hormones and GMO corn based diets fed to factory farmed animals, which make up 95% of the American food supply. As other commenters have pointed out, organic tofu and other soy products are available. I would also like to point out that a sensitivity or allergy to soy is a far cry from making it a dangerous food that is bad for everyone. There are also plenty of people who are sensitive or allergic to wheat, dairy, and meat.
I’m also in complete agreement with McPullish–it is not reckless to eat a vegan diet. I suspect Ms. Jolie’s problem was an inadequate, unbalanced diet period, having little to do with it being vegan. As a vegan myself and a student of holistic nutrition, I have no problem eating an optimal diet, and believe me, I’m not missing a thing. There are thousands of delicious vegan recipes on the Internet and in cookbooks. One other note: while people may eat a totally plant based diet for health reasons, health is a secondary benefit for the true vegan. Ethical and moral reasons (not wanting to intentionally harm or exploit any living creature for one’s own purposes) are the primary motivators. While raising animals on an organic family farms is better than factory farming, in the end those animals, too, are exploited when they are slaughtered for human consumption.
ssshh88, I totally agree.
The reason that i think that people have fear of blaming these foods (meat and dairy) is that they have a huge lobby, there are a lot of studies out there that proves that meat and dairy are closely related to plenty of health problems, but yet they will never be blamed, instead blame a product and life style that may threaten the colossal meat and dairy sector.
healthy111 – very well said! I too am Vegan and see absolutely no problem with my health because of this, in fact i only see benefits and improvements with my health since i made the change, and it is true that most vegan will have their drive based on non-violence and not wanting to exploit other living beings hence not wearing animals products, something that does not influence health.
Considering that nobody will live for ever is it not extremely selfish to terminate another beings life to benefit your own so that you may have a few extra minutes of life (even though a lot of research points that in reality you will probably have less time alive if you do eat meat)…
Great article Dr. Mercola….
When my daughter was born with some eczema and I couldn’t breastfeed…my GP said we should give her soy formula, which we did. This was 10 years ago…she has many allergies and other health issues…makes me so mad.
I was surprised to see edamame in the foods to be avoided. We buy organic frozen edamame, steam it then eat the beans out of the pods with some salt. Is this bad?
Thanks in advance for the clarification.
Can the application of fermented supplements such as’phyto soya’ be addressed here. Is the use of oestrogen mimicing hormones of value to a menopaual woman.
How about Cho Tofu? I don’t know how to say it in English, but this is a fermented (or slightly rotten?) tofu cake. They have street vendors in China who sell it, usually fried with some hot sauce or something. Smells like an outhouse, but once you get past the smell it can be pretty good.
“Stinky tofu” is definitely fine to eat. It is highly fermented.
Does anyone know anything about edamames. I’ve been adding them to my salads. Are these good or bad soy beans?
I think unless they are organic they are most likly GMO
I used to eat the veggie burgers too, until I learned about GMO’s & the soy……but then I found a brand called Quorn that uses morels from the mushroom family…..and they taste amazing!!! I think these are okay health wise….
I just saw where former President Clinton is on a vegan diet for his heart disease. He says if the claims are true and his tests show a difference in six months that he will endorse the diet. Somebody please caution him to try to live the diet for 3 years before he endorses this diet. Sure, it works wonders in the beginning, but after a while is impossible to sustain and other health problems pop up. Dr. Mercola, you have in clout and medical experience to warn him. Please write an informative, cautionary letter to Bill Clinton, not just for him but for thousands that his endorsement will influence.
I added my comment an hour ago…number 6 or so and it is no longer here. What’s with that? I was hoping for a response not elimination. Is my story not good enough. I know I left it. I checked here for it after I did.
Have not had time to read all comments so apologies if this has already been covered:
I hardly ever eat any Soy products deliberately so this is not an issue for me however I am aware that many products contain soy protein so will be more mindful in the future. Can you tell me if having organically produced soya lecithin is harmful? This was recommended when my husband had gall stones which we treated conservatively with many supplements and a change in diet and thankfully he has been symptom free now for 2 years.
We also started living in the Philippines about three years ago and in Asia a lot of Soy Tofu is eaten as a cheap form of protein. Is this a different form of Soy plant and do you think that in Asia people are more acclimatised to eat Soy as it seems to be a large part of their diet?
Thank you for your interesting and informative and thought provoking articles which help us to make informed choices about lifestyle.
ok, i totally agree with the Doc’s assessment, but does anyone have any idea about the new organic sprouted tofu? last year my son, then 10 decided to become a vegatarian and i worry about him getting enough protein as he is an athlete and of course growing.
Hi there. I asked Dr. Mecola about sprouted Tofu a number of posts before this one. You can see his reply there. I eat the Organic Sprouted one too. I think he is concerned about the excess processing to produce the Tofu. I plan to contact WildWood (Org Sprouted Tofu brand) to see how they do it.
I get your point cluelessintacoma – a bit funny but also a bit more degrading…
Huh? This makes no sense out of context. Please use the Reply function .
Islander the reply button is only available with the original posts not replies. It just says send message which is rejected unless you are on that persons friend list.
Actually, all of the replies must be attached to the original post, even if you intend to respond to one of the replies that have been posted. That is how we get a long string of replies to a post.
Exactly. And if there are miltiple replies, specify to whom your reply is addressed, as in @cluelessintacoma.
I’m not sure which point you mean. That soy products on the shelf are so extremely processed that they couldn’t be healthy, even if the bean were the greatest food on earth, or that the ready availability of an item, in stores, is no indicator that it’s harmless, or that what soy or soy derivatives I’ve experienced were awful. I’m sorry, if I have offended you.
Clueless, I thought all your points were, well, pointed. Thumbs up!
I’ve heard you should not EAT too many almonds (some poison in them?) so is Almond milk created minus this (poison?)
Jen, this is only the bitter almond. The type that is used in milk and baked goods is the sweet almond and perfectly safe. Whole almonds sold in stores are also the sweet almond…. no cyanide byproduct in them.
My daughter was born in 1953 and had severe milk allergies. We put her on infant soy formula at that time and she gained weight and became a much happier baby.
I do agree with you now regarding soy because as a vegetarian myself, I found soy gave me a night cough. I changed to almond milk and it seems to be good for me.
Thanks for keeping us aware of changes.
I thought edamamme was so good for you! Really it’s not? I mean it’s a natural bean still in it’s shell, how can it not be good for you?
It’s probably GMO soy because 93% of the soy in the U.S. is GMO soy; thus, it is poison!!!
Oh my Gosh ….Very good article , I wish it would be published earlier . It is trough soy is advertised very heavily and now I understand why .
The same I guess with the milk , it is better to drink fermented , rather than fresh one …
Can someone tell me if this applies to Edamamme, soybeans purchased in the pods whether purchased fresh or frozen?
Are the edamame beans in salad bars most likely GM? Ruby Tuesday has a nice variety in its’ salad bar.
I have a small backyard flock of chickens for eggs and it sure is hard to get the mfr of the “layer granules” to tell you exactly WHAT they are made of. They tell you about all the vitamins and minerals that are in there, but for the actual protein base, they won’t tell you. All they say is that there’s no animal products. Well, I am 99.99% sure it’s just stupid old crushed soybeans, and I will not feed my animals that. I therefore trouble myself to buy grain for them. Of course, I also give them fresh greens and other things too, as well as allowing them outside to pick at the ground for worms. They have been known to consume small mice, etc. I may be a vegetarian, but chickens are NOT vegetarians and I don’t believe that a vegan diet is healthy for them.
I don’t think that soy is good for chickens, I really don’t. Virtually all commercial laying hens and chickens for eating are fed this soy stuff, I suspect. Inasmuch as they just get killed (to please the kind of people who read this site) when they are barely a year old, then the egg producer does not care if the poor bird is fed crap.
Good info, Dr.
I agree with your post. The other thing that goes into the chicken feed is rendered chicken! The kind of chicken meat that was too sick to be sold for it’s meat. When chickens get sick and die before they’re due to be slaughtered or have cancerous tumors, this meat is then processed and dried and added the chicken feed! To me, that is far worse than organic soy products. I agree with GMO soy. That’s so loaded with pesticides and yet we feed these to the animals too. It’s such a vicous cycle. I applaud what you’re doing with your chickens. I wish you were my neighbor so I could buy my egss from you!
I’d love to be where I could have a garden and let hens loose in it to get the insects and turn up the dirt and fertilize it. LOL
The only problem is that while the chickens turn up the soil and fertilise it, they also destroy the garden. Growing plants in a garden and keeping chickens are not compatible. If you want to garden succesfully and keep chickens, you will need to be ale to exclude the chickens from the growing area. The ideal of course, would be to rotate the land between chickens and growing.
I have heard that ducks will not tear up your garden but do eat bugs (including Japanese beetles.)
Some types of ducks are particularly good egg layers, too.
Am I on risk if I eat the unprocessed soy bean?
You are probably MOST at risk, as none of the toxins have been eliminated.
Dr. Mercola, you said that Tofu is not recommended, but what about Tofu made from Organic, Sprouted Soybeans?? Wild Wood makes an Organic ‘sprouted Tofu’ that seems like it would be as heathy since sprouting is like fermenting, right? This product is now available in Whole Foods and might be a good Protein source. Thanks for any replies ….
Highly unlikely as though it is possible to make Tofu without massive amounts of processing such as high temperatures and acid baths nearly all commercial facilities use this type of processing. You would have to contact company directly to see if they are any different.
I have three young children and fellow parents like myself have always giving our kids Edamame. Kids really like them, part of it is you get to peel the beans out and squirt them in your mouth–kid fun. I’m big on grass fed beef, raw milk–(all my children have been raised on it) but for some reason I blocked out Edamame. I think because of the way it’s served in the pod–that I some how thought it was a raw healthy soy product–unprocessed. Can somone elaborate specifically on Edamame? Is it processed? My ultra cool friends/fellow parents are going to need some solid points to stop Edamame.
There is a product we use for smoothies and to mix with cereal named Almond Dream. NOT Almond Breeze (has carrageenan), but Almond Dream. It is excellent to our taste and one can purchase it at Walmart at a reasonable price.
Question? Carrageenan is from seaweed, isnt it? Why is it bad?
I agree with Jen. Carrageenan IS from seaweed. There should be no conflict there with being veg or vegan. It’s gelatin that’s derived from animal collagen.
I see everyone is recommending Almond drinks. Where those Almonds pasteurized? And if so how would be my question.
I understand that as of last year ALL almonds are irradiated now, so that would mean that any Almond milks or roasted almonds or even raw almonds are not fit to eat. Can anyone else confirm this???
Carageenan is MSG. Just because something is from the “natural world”, doesn’t automatically mean it is healthy to ingest– poisonous mushrooms, arsenic, etc. I buy Almond Dream too for the same reason and Hemp is another good source of a complete protien for anyone looking to switch from soy.
i did find an article that carrageenan is bad while googling it. WOWZER, did not know this.
***A Note About Carrageenan
“Carrageenan increases free radicals. It is a polysaccharide made from a seaweed, the substance is known to produce intense inflammatory reactions when injected into tissues. In fact, the intense reaction is so reproducible it is used when researchers want to study inflammation. Inflammation is strongly associated with intense free-radical production within tissues. It also may promote accelerated bowel cancer growth.” Carrageenan is used as a thickener. When even small amounts of carrageenan are injected near developing tumors in animals, tumor growth, and eventual metastasis, increases dramatically1.”
-Source: Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills by Russell Blaylock M.D.
Yes, all almonds grown in the US are now required to be “sanitized” with either a toxic fumigant or high-temperature heat. For truly raw almonds you will have to buy them imported, and these are costing about $15/lb in the US.
Also, you will want to make sure that your source is a reputable one and not just selling the fumigated/pasteurized almonds at a higher price. Technically, the packaging could say “non-pasteurized” but the almonds could still have been fumigated, for example.
I believe you can tell if your almonds are “live” by trying to sprout them, but I don’t have the details. Although if they start to mold/rot after a few days, they are probably *not* live…
OK, so now what do we do? After I weaned my daughter we started giving her soy formula, then when she quit that she drank soy milk. I was so worried about all the horrible junk in regular milk that I assumed soy milk was a SAFER choice!!! She’s 7 now. Is there anything I can do to reverse any damage that may have been done??? We switched to almond milk a couple months ago because of other articles I read and discussions I had with people. But THIS article is quite a bit more alarming!!!! :(
-Concerned Mom who was trying to do the right thing!!
Once a child is weaned, there is no further need for milk of any kind. You certainly don’t want it for breakfast cereals, which are nothing but varnished sugar. There is ample calcium in green leafy vegetables.
As Islander indicates, there is no specific need for milk post-weaning. Though I think that would only be true, if the girl were weaned at age-two or older. Milk is; however, a convenient source of many things that are essential in human nutrition. Raw milk. Pasteurized milk is less than optimal. I wouldn’t drink pasteurized milk, save for to stave off dying of thirst, if no water were available.
Thanks for the article. What if you have a milk allergy? What can you drink instead of soymilk?
Almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk/water, raw or plain goat milk, juice…the HUROM slow juicer makes good fresh fruit/vegetable juices, and the Vitamix works well to make almond milk, cashew milk, pumpkin seed milk….
Soy has been genetically modified with a pansy plant. Pansies are a nightshade. Many people are allergic to nightshades, which have been linked to arthritis. I believe it is important to warn people about this issue, as well. I am allergic to night shades and when I ingest them, my joints become swollen and stiff and achy. It takes 30 days to get all of the nightshades out of your system once you stop eating them. Nightshades are potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, chilies, eggplant, and spices from the chili family, like cayenne and paprika. The are many hidden nightshades in prepared foods under the label of “spices”. Hannah Eagle, Classical Homeopath in New Mexico and co-founder of Green Psychology.
I’ve read that some people crave the very foods that they are intollerant of. Did you crave nightshades?
I live in the Dominican Republic and normally do not eat soy products. There is a Soy Sauce Ranchero (Salsa China) made from Baldom. Does not state that it contains soy only: Water,sugar, salt, caramel color, hydrogyzed vegetal protein, monosodium glutamate, citric acid, potassium sorbate, yellow color.
Surely not all good ingedients but is there Soy? Other questio”: I am taking a supplement from Mason natural – Extra Strenght LECITHIN 3500. Is this safe?
Thanks for replies.
I think (someone may know for sure) that hydrogyzed vegetal protein is soy.
my son’s pediatrician had recommended Pediasure. He now has the habit of drinking one or two bottles a day.
He also likes to eat soynuts. What can I do to replace these items? I have tried diluting the Pediasure but it doesn’t always work.
Have you read the ingredients in Pediasure? ANYTHING has to be better than that, even a McDonald’s milkshake.
Maybe you could try inputting 1/5th “other? milk in the pediasure for one week then upping it to more next week and the wee one might not notice the difference and accept it?
I think he may like the vanilla almond milk. You could always put a little chocolate syrup in it if that’s what he’s used to. Then augment that with a children’s vitamin. I agree with Hector….Pediasure is just soy and sugar!
Almost three years ago, after much reading, and literally overnight, I changed my diet completely. I started discarding manufactured food substitutes, one evening, and started eating real food, the next day. I was lucky that it occurred to me that trying to find things to take the places of bad things would make the change difficult or impossible. I didn’t look to replace soda, boxed mac & cheese, breakfast cereals, cookies, chips nor any other unhealthy items. Bad things don’t need to be replaced. I simply started choosing from healthy foods. That was easy! I would have gone crazy trying to replace things. An important shopping caveat: Junk that says “organic,” on the label, is still junk. Read the labels, especially the fine print. Actually, most good food doesn’t really have labels.
He might like drinking raw milk. My junk-food-junkie grandchildren love it. Consider discarding the Pediasure. It’s a bad thing.
Snacks are bad. Humans are set up for batch feeding, not grazing. Toss the soynuts. Never look back.
What about non-GMO soy and soy lecithin?
That’s what I consumed for a year. I developed thyroid problems and other problems. After reading this site, I stopped it thinking it would do nothing. 5 months later, however, I’m back to normal with no health issues. Any non-fermented soy is dangerous, even non-GMO.
It is a curse. Ever since I read about soy from Weston A Price, I’ve made it my business to warn people about consuming soy that is not fermented. Everything has soy in it, even my favorite mayonaise. It has been use in all mayonaises since 1950. I contacted one company and they are so blind to the truth I got back a generic response that told me they did not care. It’s cheaper than using the really good oils like olive oil and coconut oil. All cereals and meal replacement bars that I have read labels have soy even Atkins. Their response was that there is no proof that soy is detrimental to health. WHAT??!! Obviously they are not on top of everything healthy like I thought. Why are the Atkins meal replacement bars so expensive when they are using such cheap ingredients. Would Dr. Atkins be pleased? Maybe. Maybe not. Thank you again, Dr. Mercola, for being the voice of truth again. Truth is truth. Opinions are not always based on truth.
Totally avoiding any soy product, including soybeen oil, is impossible unless you live as an hermit.
It’s maybe not necessary to become that compulsive.
Campeau.serge, that’s just not true. If you are not buying processed foods, there is no need for you to be exposed to soy products or canola oil. I’m not a fanatic but I choose to eat healthful organic foods and avoid things that come in cans, boxes or pre-cooked. It takes only a few minutes to make salad dressings and mayonnaise that will last for a week. Has everyone forgotten how to cook?
Question about vit K1 & K2…
Is it correct that K1 helps with clotting, but that K2 helps dissolve clots?
That is my understanding, but check to make sure.
What would be the brand name(s) of a soy oil product?
Do you see brand names for corn oil or canola oil? Possibly (I walk right past them) but the brand is not prominently displayed. Where you need to look for soybean oil is in the labels you should be reading; you’ll find “soybean oil” listed as an ingredient in salad dressings, mayonnaise and a host of other products (all of which you can EASILY make yourself, in your own kitchen, using olive oil).
There are products that say “Non-GMO”. Are these still safe? Like Silk brand milk or Zen-Joy soy pudding? My daughter is allergic to cow’s milk and I have been using these products. I knew about the GM Soy products being bad, but are the ones that say Non-GMO okay to give still?
Thanks for any input!
How about goat’s milk products? They are quite different from cow’s.
I’ve wondered this same thing.
However, there are products made with Almond milk. I use almond milk and instead of soy based products.
ALL non fermented soy is best avoided. GMO is just worse
My kids are now drinking organic coconut milk. Whole Foods and other health food stores carry a brand called So Delicious.
Dr. Mercola, if this parent can get A2 milk (goat’s, sheep’s, Geurnsey cow’s milk, preferably raw) might find she find that her daughter is not allergic?
I’m in the same boat- my 3 year old can’t have cow dairy and won’t try almond milk or coconut milk (I know about the benefits of raw milk but it still scares me. ) I’ve been using soy milk and granola bars with soy to make sure my daughter got enough calcium. I’m worried now about what else to use?
I use hemp milk. It is very nutritious and easy to digest
Check the labels. I hope you will find it shocking how much sugar is in these products. If you don’t have a package handy, look to http://www.silksoymilk.com and http://zensoy.com/ “Evaporated cane juice” is typical table sugar. The corn starch, in the pudding, will be sugar, just after you put it in your mouth. Organic, yes, but still junk food.
I am now TERRIFIED !!!
I am a male, live in the UK, aged 54, a Vegan and have been for over 40 years becuase I can not tolerate meat of any description.
My diet consists mainly of fresh fruit and vegetables (5 to 8 portions per day), bread, couc cous, spinach/Brocooli and dare I say it several ‘unfermented’ soy products i.e. I have at least one pint of soy milk per day (on my breakfast cereal, tea etc.) and I eat Soy custard, cheese and Mousse during the week.
As I said, I cannot tolerate dead flesh (meat) i.e. the look, the smell, the texture, let alone the taste so what do I do?
What alternatives are there for people like me?
Do I need to Detox because of consuming soy products over such a long period of time, if so, what for and how?
I recently had my Thyroid function and Vitamin levels tested, all was fine except for Vitamin D which has now reached normal levels.
Dr. Mercola, PLEASE ADVISE?
As for protein try organic whey and organic raw eggs in a protein drink, you can’t tell the raw eggs are there. Use a little imagination for other ingredients to make it really taste great if you want. You can use a few ground up nuts and organic berries or a banana for instance.
Relax, your state of mind is every bit as important as what you put into your body.
I empathise with you. I only started eating red meat after grass fed beef became available at my local Whole Foods. It tastes entirely different. Afterward I found a farm source where I buy a few ounces of steak every week to share with my husband. Still not a big meat eater, but I am feeling a lot better and able to isolate and correct the health problems that have cropped up. Nuts and seeds contain a lot of protein too.
When one of my doctors recommended that I start eating RAW meat, I used EFT to overcome my revulsion. For me it took only a few minutes of EFT to get the desired result. I suggest that you use EFT to clear your intolerance for the look, the smell, the texture, and the taste of meat (whether you eat it cooked or raw). You might want to work with an EFT practitioner, if you aren’t already experienced with doing EFT for yourself.
Please be sure to read Dr. Mercola’s recommendations on how to choose and prepare meat for best health results. Good luck to you!
First, I would drink almond milk instead of soymilk. I think it tastes better too. There’s ricemilk, but I, personally, don’t like it.
Another excellent vegan protein source is quinoa. It’s the one perfect protein, having all essential amino acids, that is not animal related. Do a quick internet search on the subject to learn more. You cook it the same way you would rice, but it only takes about 15 minutes. If you like couscous, you’ll love quinoa. The other plus to quinoa is that it’s gluten free too.
As far as detoxing…. I would just stop eating it and turn to other foods.
Soy be it!
Another great article to add to the growing archive here of the dangers of soy. Thanks again Dr. Mercola!
I am living in China for 6 years and tofu is regularly eaten here; you can buy tofu and products from it on every food market and in the food stores. Of course it is not GM, yet. Otherwise I agree with the general message you posted.
I have lived in the USA, for 58 years. For all my years, one has been able to buy cigarettes in every grocery store and convenience store. Tobacco has been used regularly, here, for centuries. Still, tobacco is suspected of being unhealthy.
Yes my wife is Chinese and Asians have been eating tofu in huge quantities for many years. Where is the evidence that this is harmful to them?
The Chinese eat small amounts of tofu as a side dish with a meal, not a huge plate of it like American vegans do.
Chinese eat a lot of different ‘Soy’ food, but China has very low ‘breast cancer’ rate. Most Chinese drink ‘soy milk’ for ‘centuries’ instead of ‘cow milk’. In recent years, when Chinese began to drink ‘milk’ and eat more meat in some big cities, the ‘breast cancer’ rate increased a lot or almost doubled. Why? After you are doing some ‘real’ research, someone should give me an answer for this.
Ssshh88, the low breast cancer rate is most likely due to their much higher levels of iodine. See Iodine4health.com or google the subject to see the research supporting that.
And the big city diets probably became much more processed with more Western style food and preparation.
Ssshh88, there is plenty of evidence cited in the foregoing readings–you just have to realize that in the US, the massive amounts of soy consumed by “vegetarians” is non-fermented and from genetically modified soy. In China this has not been the case until recently when they began importing US-grown soy to keep up with the increasing consumer demand in the cities. The average traditional consumption of soy was fermented products and about 2 teaspoons per day, not a huge plate of unfermented gmo soy (as Mark Fletcher mentioned).
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The feeding of soy in Asian monasteries is because soy shrinks the sexual urges!
Being a scientist (though not in this area) and a human (not a rat, mouse or chimpanzee), I decided to test this out for myself. For 14 days I avoided all soy products (carefully checking all ingredients), then for the next 14 days I ate nothing but soy and drank soy milk only (a pint with every meal). I diligently kept a comprehensive diary during that period and constantly tested my aptitude at various tasks, such as mental agility, recall and memory tests (my area is psychology); strength and stamina (using weights, a slam-man and a running machine), energy, as well as other related areas, such as emotional intelligence and sexual factors.
At the end of the 28 days I compared the 2 groups, statistically (thanks to SPSS). I found that there was no significant difference between the two groups in any of the categories (though ‘strength and stamina’ increased slightly within the ‘soy’ group, whilst ‘concentration’ increased slightly within the ‘no-soy’ group – though neither was significant).
I conclude that soy does not have an adverse reaction on my mind, body or emotions. I will have no qualms about eating soy. I appreciate though that this may not be the case for everyone as we are all different. Some of the studies I have discounted as they were based on animal experiments and have nothing at all to do with people. It is also worth finding out who actually funded the published research. You will know only too well that a critically significant amount of research remains unpublished because it does not agree with the motivations of those funding the research. There is a vast amount of research that remains unpublished because it contradicts or disagrees with primary research of funding motivations. I strongly suspect that there is an equal amount of unpublished research (possibly more) which opposes the above criticism of soy.