Thereâ€™s a lot of controversy about soy out there. It seems to be everywhere; in food, protein drinks, sauces, etc. From everything Iâ€™ve learned and read about soy, I recommend all my clients to eliminate soy out of their diets, unless itâ€™s fermented and/or non GMO.
Why I donâ€™t like soy as a meat alternative? It doesnâ€™t have the amino acids like a meat protein, which are essential for building muscle.
Another issue I have, itâ€™s a phyto-estrogen, which can alter your hormones. Iâ€™m not sure about you, but I donâ€™t want to put any more estrogen in my body than I already have.
Soy also contains goitrogens – substances that depress thyroid function. Thyroid hormones play a key role in the growth and development of all body tissues, bones and the brain, and too little thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, can result in stunted physical and mental growth.
Soybeans are also high in phytic acid, present in the bran or hulls of all seeds. It’s a substance that can block the uptake of essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc – in the intestinal tract.
This is only a few of the harmful effects of soy. If youâ€™re still not convinced let me know. I have some more literature on the damaging effects of soy.