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Issue #013-- Soy: Healthful or Harmful
June 18, 2004

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June 18, 2004 Issue #013


1) Soy: Healthful or Harmful
2) Healthy Recipe of the Month
3) Your Healthy Eating Support Group Tip
4) Healthy Products and Services

Soy: Healthful or Harmful

The Great Soy Debate

According to the food industry, soy is good for your health. It's widely used in processed foods and in school lunch programs. Soy is a staple for many vegetarians. Some promoters of soy consumption recommend eating 40 grams of soy protein daily. They claim it prevents:
  • heart disease
  • cancer
  • lowers cholesterol
  • eliminates hot flashes
  • builds strong bones
  • helps prevent prostate cancer
  • keeps us forever young

However, only a few decades ago, the soybean was considered unfit to eat - even in Asia. It's main purpose was restoring nitrogen to the soil.

The soybean was not used for food until the discovery of fermentation techniques. The first soy foods were fermented products like tempeh, natto, miso and soy sauce. Later it was discovered that puréed cooked soybeans could be precipitated with calcium sulfate or magnesium sulfate to make tofu or bean curd.

The Chinese did not eat unfermented soybeans because the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins that are not completely deactivated during cooking. Even fermenting only reduces the toxins, and does not completely eliminate them. Asians typically consume soy in small quantities as a condiment along with meat or fish, not as a meat and dairy substitute as do many vegetarians.

Soy protein isolate or textured vegetable protein (TVP) is used extensively in the U.S. in processed food and in school lunch programs. It has been shown to be contaminated with aluminum, contain nitrites and MSG.

Research has shown that eating soy is linked to:

  • mineral deficiencies
  • inhibited protein digestion
  • serious gastric distress
  • chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake
  • red blood cells clumping together
  • inhibited growth
  • depressed thyroid function
  • infertility
  • increased cancer
  • infantile leukemia
  • endocrine disruption
  • allergic reactions
  • decreased libido
  • reproductive problems
  • cognitive decline
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • dementia
  • increased aging

Feeding an infant soy formula is like giving them birth control pills. An infant exclusively fed soy formula receives the estrogenic equivalent (based on body weight) of at least five birth control pills per day.

Soy-based formula can cause:

  • thyroid problems in babies
  • extreme emotional behavior
  • asthma
  • immune system problems
  • depressed growth
  • low weight gain

Although the food industry and many in the alternative health community heavily promote the use of soy as a healthy alternative to meat and dairy products, there is ample evidence to suggest the contrary. And although I have recommended the use of soy products in the past, I no longer recommend soy products, soybean oil or soy supplementation.

Send me
your comments or questions about this discussion. I cannot answer each question individually, but I will attempt to address questions in the next newsletter.

Healthy Recipe of the Month

Turkey Meat Loaf

1 lb. ground turkey
1 egg
1/4 cup tomato soup (Imagine brand*)
2 Tbsp. chopped onion
2 Tbsp. fresh or frozen corn
2 Tbsp. chopped bell pepper
1 clove minced garlic
Herbs de Provence, Celtic Sea Salt or other herbal seasoning

Mix all ingredients together. Transfer to a 3-4 cup oiled caserole or baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until done.

*or other health food brand without chemical additives

Your Healthy Eating Support Group Tip

Avocados are good for your liver.

They are also rich in vitamins E and C, high in fiber and potassium, and contain large amounts of folate, a vitamin that helps reduce birth defects in pregnant women.

While avocados are high in fat, much of the fat is of the monounsaturated variety, which has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels.

Healthy Products and Services

2004 Edition
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Healthy Eating Coaching
If you would like personal, one-on-one help to get yourself eating healthfully, I offer healthy eating coaching/nutritional consulting services by telephone. The first session is free. You just have to pay for the call.

To schedule your no charge evaluation, send me an e-mail with NO CHARGE EVALUATION in the subject line. Tell me what your concerns are, what times you are available, and what time zone you're in. I will send you an e-mail with your appointment date and time, and the phone number for you to call.

Written by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Your Personal Online Healthy Eating Coach
(c) copyright 2004

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