Is Soya A Wonderdrug Or A Health Threat?

soyaSoya is taken by many people to aid with all kinds of ailments including menopausal symptoms, fighting heart diseases and prevention of some cancers

But now expert researchers have determined that the consumption of soy products may produce serious side effects to our health.

Soya contains high levels of phytic acid, which diminish the metabolism’s assimilation of zinc, iron, magnesium, calcium and copper, leading to growth deficiencies in children.

Soy products can also cause other problems, such as pancreas complaints due to the hindrance of the protein digestion, as well as reduced sperm motility due to genistein, a compound found in all soya products.

Women consuming Soya can develop thyroid gland dysfunctions, which may progress and cause thyroid cancer, they are also more susceptible to breast cancer.

Soya products also have a high aluminium content, which will impair the kidneys and nervous system; they also reduce the effect of vitamin D and B12, causing deficiencies.

Those babies fed with soya substitutes to milk show increased levels of estrogens compared to those babies who receive maternal milk. The effect of the high levels of estrogens causes premature puberty in girls, who show signs of feminine development as early as the age of eight.

Many products are made with soya and can be either fermented or not; these include Soya sauce, soya milk and yoghurt, biscuits, cereals, food for babies, bread, meat substitutes and many others.

Nowadays soya is present in nearly all processed food and it is important to read the product’s label to check for soya content before purchase.

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  1. Nishit says:

    According to Wikipedia:
    Soy is rated as the second most allergenic food to humans, with the first being peanuts. Soybean protein is a “complete protein” since it provides all of the essential amino acids for human nutrition. However, some scientific sources disagree on this as the best measure of “complete protein.” Soybean protein is essentially identical to that of other legume pulses (that is to say, legume proteins in general consist of 7S and 11S storage proteins), and is one of the least expensive sources of dietary protein. For this reason, soy is important to many vegetarians and vegans.

    Of any studied legume, whole soybeans have the highest levels of phytic acid, an organic acid and mineral chelator present in many plant tissues, especially bran and seeds, which binds to certain ingested minerals: calcium, magnesium, iron, and especially zinc — in the intestinal tract, and reduces the amount the body assimilates. For people with a particularly low intake of essential minerals, especially young children and those in developing countries,this effect can be undesirable. However, dietary mineral chelators help prevent over-mineralization of joints, blood vessels, and other parts of the body, which is most common in older persons.

    I don’t think that we need to panic just yet – soya has been around for many years and I think the pros outweight the cons.

  2. Dan says:

    I think this article needs to be taken into context, there is no mention of the actual article that this refers to, and since soya is one of the planet’s major staples and has been consumed for thousands of years I am sure that it is not as dreadfully draining on one’s health as stated here. As with everything, a balance is important and I can’t see that eating soya as part of a balanced diet will have negative health consequences