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What Are The Dangers Of Soy?

Hi, I’m Shawn, and I’m a recovering soyaholic (don’t judge me).

At Thanksgiving my family would gather together around the table, ready to carve into our very odd looking Tofurky.

I told myself that it tasted much better than it did, and powered my way through that heavily processed mound of angry soy meat.

It was quite an experience, I’ll tell you that.

Besides the holidays, I’d regularly consume soy milk, soy deli meat slices, soy sausage, tofu (in everything from wraps to stir fry), soy cheese, soy protein powder, soy protein bars, and more. Yes, I had a bit of an issue… and I’m mature enough to admit that now 🙂 

Because of the perspective I had at the time, and being so enthusiastic about soy, I probably wouldn’t have listened if someone would’ve tried to “educate” me about its potential dangers.

Whenever we’re passionate about something, we tend only look for things that support our belief, and automatically turn a blind eye to those things that go against it. Many of us will take it a step further and actually ATTACK other people that don’t agree with our beliefs.

They say that all truth goes through 3 distinct phases: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

I bring this up because the discussion regarding the dangers of soy products can often become a heated one. It’s incredibly valuable to have a heartfelt opinion, but it is quite another to ignore the facts because you’ve already made up your mind about something.

The above video that I did with Be Well Buzz will show you, conclusively, that not only are the dangers of soy real, but they are potentially life threatening.

And If you think that you are not eating soy, then think again. Soy protein, soy flour, and dozens of other soy products are routinely added to foods that unsuspecting customers are buying everyday.

Some people might say, “Well, I don’t believe what this very attractive expert is saying 🙂 I’m going to go right ahead and keep eating my soy… I haven’t had any problems. People have been eating lots of soy in Asia for years, and you see how healthy they are!”

First of all, people in Asia have not been consuming soy like you’ve been led to believe. The research and real life surveys of people from that part of the world tell us that soy has NEVER been a large part of their diet. It’s seen more like a condiment or an accessory to a meal when it’s used on occasion… Definitely not the glasses of soy milk, soy burgers, and soy ice cream that people are hammering down today.

Secondly, soy isoflavones and other potentially dangerous compounds found in soy are going to affect people differently. Yes, you might not have any noticeable symptoms yet, but the scariest part of the research is that the soy foods you’re consuming will likely damage your children much more than they will you.

In the video I site research showing that 2nd and 3rd generations given soy were progressively becoming infertile. We’re talking about the inability to reproduce, increased mortality, and chronic disease as a result of eating this new wave of soy foods. This has now become a serious issue, and this conversation definitely needs to be had.

Our ancestors knew that the actions we take now, how we take care of ourselves and take care of the planet, would heavily impact the well being of future generations.

Many of us seem to have forgotten about that.

So many people act in a selfish manner, and ignore the effects that their actions are going to have on their children, grandchildren, and beyond.

This is a call to action to get educated on this right now! Not just for our own health, but for the health and well being of future generations.

The actions we take today are that powerful, so enjoy the video, and make sure to share it with everybody you know.

So, what’s your take on soy foods? Do you feel that soy benefits outweigh the dangers of soy? Are you a recovering soyaholic like me? I’d love to hear about it, so leave me a comment below.

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  1. Hey everyone.
    First off I’m a huge fan of the podcast. Love it and thanks for all you do.
    Now, I’ve recently gone plant based in my nutrition to switch things up a bit, I’ve been doing it for 3 weeks and I’m not going to lie, I’m liking it. I feel much better.
    Would you consider meat safer then say tofu?
    If I were to stop eating tofu would you recommend another source of protein ? Seitan ?
    Thanks again for all your help.

    1. Hey Jason! Awesome to hear (: And to answer your question, it depends. I’ll just give you the pros and cons of each side. Ideally tofu can be very problematic for several reasons that may still be controversial in the health realm, especially to those who are avid herbivores. Tofu is a curdled soy product (much like that when milk is made into cheese). Many people believe this product to be healthy because it’s low in fat, calories, yet high in amino acids, iron, and some calcium. Yet, soy especially has been shown in studies to be genetically modified (monsanto), contain phytoestrogens, contain antinutrients (lectins, phytates, and oxalates which inhibit the calcium absorption), disrupt the thyroid gland, lead to B12 and vitamin D deficiences, and potential heart problems. Not to scare anyone away from tofu, but it can be problematic for a lot of individuals. Switching to meats, they can also be problematic or a health food depending on the source. As long as you’re sourcing meats from a pure grass-fed/grass finished, pasture raised animal from sustainable sources then meat can be a health food. However, if the meat being consumed is from an animal that ate grains, soy, and corn (not it’s natural diet), and was pumped full of hormones to “beef” it up, then the individual will also be consuming those contents as well. Hope this helps! Keep up your health journey(:

  2. Dear Shawn,

    I would like to express my deepest gratitude towards you.

    You’re truly making a difference in people’s life.

    As a response to your article, I would like to propose an idea:

    What we can prove is what matters most, because the weight of an argument rests on its evidence.

    This brings me to my concern: the article has no cited references. And, there are many peer reviewed studies that show the opposite of your arguments (the references below are a case in point).

    For instance, the negative effects of soy are shown when participants were given 15 servings a day. That amounts to 7 cups of tofu per day! But, when participants were given 2 servings per day, no negative effects were shown.

    My point being that people don’t usually eat 7 cups (or more) of tofu every day, so the article should specify what amount has negative effects.

    Your fan,

    • Shu XO, Zheng Y, Cai H, Gu K, Chen Z, Zheng W, Lu W. Soy Food Intake and Breast Cancer Survival. JAMA. 2009 Dec 9;302(22):2437-43.
    • Wu AH, Yu MC, Tseng CC, Pike MC. Epidemiology of soy exposures and breast cancer risk. Br J Cancer. 2008 Jan 15;98(1):9-14.
    • Nagata C, Shimizu H, Takami R, Hayashi M, Takeda N, Yasuda K. Dietary soy and fats in relation to serum insulin-like growth factor-1 and insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-3 levels in premenopausal Japanese women. Nutr Cancer. 2003;45(2):185-9.
    • Dewell A, Weidner G, Sumner MD, Barnard RJ, Marlin RO, Daubenmier JJ, Chi C, Carroll PR, Ornish D. Relationship of dietary protein and soy isoflavones to serum IGF-1 and IGF binding proteins in the Prostate Cancer Lifestyle Trial. Nutr Cancer. 2007;58(1):35-42.
    • Arjmandi BH, Khalil DA, Smith BJ, Lucas EA, Juma S, Payton ME, Wild RA. Soy Protein Has a Greater Effect on Bone in Postmenopausal Women Not on Hormone Replacement Therapy, as Evidenced by Reducing Bone Resorption and Urinary Calcium Excretion. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2003 Mar;88(3):1048-54.
    • Maskarinec G, Takata Y, Murphy SP, Franke AA, Kaaks R. Insulin-like growth factor-1 and binding protein-3 in a 2-year soya intervention among premenopausal women. Br J Nutr. 2005 Sep;94(3):362-7.

  3. Hi Shawn I came across this website where the Hufftington Post says soy is good for you. I remember in one of your podcasts you invited Arianna Hufftington as a speaker. I’m a little confused.

  4. What about edamame? It’s not broken into any other form. Is this still horrible? And also, you didn’t answer one of the questions above about sprouted tofu. Should I be staying away from that too? Thank you for your wisdom and generosity with your knowledge. Bits been helping me in ways you can’t imagine


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