I Feel A Soy Rant Coming On
Charlie asks: "Bette, you're on the record as saying soy isn't good for you. Many believe fermented soy is better for you than the regular variety. Are there soy products that are particularly bad? Is soybean oil better because it contains no soy protein? Is it better than cotton seed oil? Soy oil is ubiquitous at the grocery store."
The news is not good, Charlie.
Soy wreaks havoc on the endocrine system like you wouldn't believe. First off, it beats up on thyroid function, and that puts a drag in your step for sure. And it's a major source of bogus estrogen, leading to estrogen dominance, men with breasts, women with PMS, boys with low testosterone and girls who race into puberty so they can get a head start on PMS and other joys.
And if you're older than, say, forty, Charlie, you'll probably be somewhat less than thrilled to learn that the estrogen in soy starts turning testosterone into estrogen, beginning a downhill slide into prostate cancer-and even breast cancer! It used to be that bogus estrogen only caused breast cancer in women, but I guess equal opportunity kicked in, and now women have to share the honor. If that's what you want to call it.
Then there's the one-for-all, all-for-one nature of the endocrine system. If one gland gets into trouble, all the others jump in to help, no matter how hopeless the situation. And soy takes out two different glands, which impacts all the others.
Soy eats your minerals
Plus, soy eats your minerals-which most of us are deficient in to start, so we really end up in a nutritional ditch.
And it can cause kidney stones, which, since it's in just about all fast food, is probably why more and more kids suffer through that pain nowadays.
Adding to the mess, almost all soy is now genetically modified, which whacks DNA, life's basic building block. In animal studies, when rats ate genetically modified food, their children had fertility problems, and their grandchildren were sterile.
Nobody knows how long genetically modified food takes to damage human DNA, how bad the damage is or what consequences to expect, but I'd just as soon not volunteer for guinea-pig duty, thank you very much.
Most corn, canola (rapeseed) and sugar beets are genetically modified, too. Corn chips, anybody?
Part of modifying soy genes involves adding insecticides. That way, the plants are genetically pre-treated, and growers don't have to spend time and money drowning the plants in insecticide so much. And guess what? We end up eating the insecticides! Yum!
Insecticides, of course, kill insects, which are little animals. Well, people are big animals. How much insecticide does it take to bump off a human? A child perhaps? This is scary stuff.
And the news doesn't get better with soy oil, Charlie. Soy oil really makes a mess of things. An inflammation-causing Omega 6 oil, soy oil gets partially hydrogenated in processing, which skyrockets its inflammatory talents. That way lies dread diseases, including atherosclerosis and heart problems. And the label doesn't even have to mention the trans-fat part.
Fermented soy-the way soy is used, as a condiment, in Japan-seems safe, although there's not a lot of research on it. And fermentation doesn't overcome the problems of genetic modification.
But not all the news is bad! Studies say that soy lecithin comes with all gremlins removed. Now this is a very good thing because it's everywhere. If you think soy oil is ubiquitous, check out all the places you see lecithin!
It's even in supplements, a big time concern as I got more and more into nutrition. I didn't think it caused trouble, but for a long time, if I found a really good supplement, I had to cross my fingers and hope for the best. It was a very happy day when I finally found research confirming lecithin's innocence.
I'd still worry about lecithin from genetically modified soy, though, because we simply don't know enough. Buying quality supplements should avoid the problem.
Finally, Charlie, cottonseed oil ain't no prize, either. Although not usually hydrogenated-and never without a mention on the label-it's an inflammatory Omega 6 oil.
Life shouldn't be this complicated.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.