Soy isn’t the super food it’s claimed to be. Remember when soy was the biggest “It Food” around? Unfortunately today, most everything that is processed contains soy and it’s difficult to avoid.
SOY CONTAINS ANTINUTRIENTS AND PHYTATES
An antinutrient is any substance that prevents the absorption of any vitamin in the body. Soy happens to be full of them, which in turn hinder the absorption of key minerals such as zinc and magnesium (among others). Consuming soy regularly can actually lead to depletion of Vitamin D and calcium in the body, as opposed to the enhancing effects it was once thought to possess. It has also been proven to contain phytates, a form of phytic acid that has been proven to cause growth issues in children that consume it.
SOY DISRUPTS THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
Soy is known to cause thyroid problems in women. The estrogen-like compounds in soy work against the body’s natural systems, and can aid in the progression of debilitating thyroid diseases. It contains heavy amounts of thyroid-suppressing goitrogens. Anyone who regularly consumes soy would have to make sure they are consuming sufficient iodine to counter any effects. But being a goitrogen, soy also blocks the natural absorption of iodine. And so the cycle continues.
SOY IS NOT A COMPLETE PROTEIN
Most athletes who eat soy do it to consume protein regularly without incurring extra fat (or to maintain a vegan diet while training). The truth is though, the human body doesn’t know what to do with the little protein soy contains. It’s actually used as a building block for certain toxins within the body, can cause red blood cells to clump up, and may even be carcinogenic.
SOY ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE
One of the most popular pro-soy arguments is that it’s “natural.” It grows naturally, and certain civilizations have been using soy as a food source for centuries. But this argument doesn’t acknowledge the fact that modern soy products are not derived from soy plants. Instead, they are made from soy protein isolate. That’s right. The majority of the soy products we eat today are formed from waste products. And as most of us know by now, the vast majority of soy crops on earth are owned by GMO companies. So no matter how you consume it, your soy product is likely a GMO. And no one wants more of those in their bodies.