One of the worst genetically modified foods is soy and is has no place in anyone’s diet. Injecting a specific gene into the soy molecule rendering the soy pesticide resistant has genetically altered the DNA. Unfortunately this has made any soy product not safe for human consumption.
Ingestion can cause serious problems with the thyroid gland, result in hormonal imbalances, infertility, and immune system dis-function.
Reasons to avoid soy:
Soy is used in the manufacture of animal feed because it is inexpensive. Farms animals as chickens, pigs and turkeys are all raised on GMO soy. Buy organic, grass fed chickens and turkeys. Stay away from pigs as they all contain parasites not killed by heat.
Soy contains isoflavones that are similar to estrogen that can block the natural estrogens from binding to estrogen receptors creating a host of women’s hormonal problems.
90% of all soy is GMO. Safe alternatives are fermented soy in the form of Tamari, Nam Shoyu or miso. But as any food source, use in moderation.
Soy is goitrogenic that can slow down thyroid function, trigger thyroid disease and cause premature puberty.
It may enhance the growth of tumours, so for breast cancer patients, it is best to avoid any soy products.
A highly processed food, soy is used in many packaged food products. Soy labelling is not mandatory as soy, so learn to identify soy by its other names.
Be aware of soy found in many supplement products. Learn to read your ingredient labels and what they mean.
Other names for soy:
Soya, soja, soybean, soyabeans
Soy protein (isolate/concentrate), vegetable protein
Textured soy flour (TSF), textured soy protein (TSP), textured vegetable protein (TVP)
Tofu (soybean curds)
Possible sources of soy
Baked goods and baking mixes, e.g., breads, cookies, cake mixes, doughnuts, pancakes
Beverage mixes, e.g., hot chocolate, lemonade
Bread crumbs, cereals, crackers
Breaded foods, chili, pastas, stews, taco filling, tamales
Canned tuna/minced hams
Cooking spray, margarine, vegetable shortening, vegetable oil
Diet drinks, imitation milk
Dressings, gravies, marinades
Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), hydrolyzed soy protein (HSP), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) (may contain hydrolyzed protein)
Processed and prepared meats, e.g., beef, deli, pork, poultry
Sauces, e.g., soy, teriyaki, Worcestershire
Seafood-based products, fish
Simulated fish and meat products, e.g., surimi (imitation crab/lobster meat), simulated bacon bits
Snack foods, e.g., candy, chocolate, energy bars, fudge, popcorn, potato chips
Soups, broths, soup mixes/stock
Spreads, dips, mayonnaise, peanut butter
Non-food sources of soy
Milk substitutes for young animals
Good health is a choice, so choose wisely!