In their desire to keep pace with the health revolution, many people have moved from cow’s milk to soy milk. Unlike the first, soy milk does not contain lactose, making it a good alternative for vegetarians or lactose intolerant.
In addition, fortified soymilk is a good source of protein, iron, B vitamins and calcium, while being low in saturated fat and cholesterol. But the problem is that research has shown that its consumption can put your health in grave danger.
While soy milk consumption has many health benefits, some studies focus on potential concerns. A review published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine in 2014 reports that some studies show that soy may have a negative impact on male fertility and decrease thyroid function. In addition, milk protein appears to be more effective than soy protein in increasing lean muscle mass in athletes, according to a 2012 study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
The ingredients of soy milk are:
- Soy milk (filtered water, whole soybean)
- Cane sugar
- Sea salt
- Natural flavor
- Calcium carbonate
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D2
- Vitamin B12
Most of these ingredients probably look familiar and harmless, but carrageenan may be the one you do not know. Carrageenans are a family of linear sulphated polysaccharides that are extracted from edible red algae. They are commonly used in the food industry for their gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties.
Not only is the body unable to digest carrageenan, but it has no nutritional value. Even if it comes from a natural source, it destroys the immune system. It triggers a negative immune response that causes inflammation. Scientific research has linked carrageenan to a higher rate of colon cancer, as well as gastrointestinal inflammation that can cause irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, chronic diarrhea and inflammatory bowel disease.
While the type of food you decide to consume is a personal choice, being informed is the best way to make a decision that benefits the health of your body. Consumption of soymilk has been a controversial topic for years, but there is a good deal of evidence that it can have adverse health effects, according to several scientific studies.
10 reasons to avoid soymilk
- Soy contains large amounts of natural toxins that affect estrogen levels. Drinking only two glasses of soy milk a day can dramatically change the hormones in a woman’s body, disrupting the menstrual cycle. One study showed that infants consuming soy-based formula had very high blood levels of estrogen compared to normal.
- Soy contains haemagglutinin, a substance that promotes the formation of blood clots and causes aggregation of red blood cells.
- About 99% of soy is genetically modified and contains one of the highest levels of pesticide contamination.
- Soybeans and soy products contain high levels of phytic acid that inhibit the assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.
- Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum, a metal that is toxic to the body. It negatively affects the nervous system and kidneys, and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
- To produce a protein isolate and textured vegetable protein, soy proteins are exposed to high temperatures, making them unsafe for human digestion.
- Soy contains toxic isoflavones: genistein and daidzein. They can stimulate the growth of existing breast cancer.
- Soy contains plant hormones called phytoestrogens, which disrupt endocrine function and can lead to infertility and breast cancer in women.
- Soy foods have high levels of goitrogens that prevent your thyroid gland from getting the amount of iodine it needs.
- Nitrates, a potent carcinogen, are formed during the process of spray drying of soymilk.
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