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Health Dangers of Soy Products

Mother of 2 daughters and grandmother of 7, I strive daily to achieve an optimum level of health and happiness. Life is all about balance.

Nutritious or a Food that Comes with Potential Health Risks?

Soy beans: Too Much of a Good Thing is Really Not a Good Thing

Soy beans: Too Much of a Good Thing is Really Not a Good Thing

It has Been Touted as a Super Food

Soy based products bounced onto grocery store shelves in a blaze of excitement. Banners, magazine articles, and newscasts touted the amazing health benefits of soy and encouraged consumers to purchase it as a healthy protein food choice.

Now new studies question if soy products are really as safe as we have been led to believe. New studies indicate that there could be health risks in diets rich in soy.

Soy is now found in so very many of the commercially prepared foods that we purchase yet there are issues involved with consuming soy that are quietly coming to light.

Is it Really a Safe Food Choice for Your Family?

Soy milk is often recommended as a healthy alternative to feed your baby. Soy formula and soy milk products are offered as a safe food choice for newborn infants and children but are these food products really safe?

When soy milk hit the store shelves there was not sufficient study done to back up the claims being made on the health benefits or risks of Soy products. So how is a person to know the health risks which they may be exposing their children to by offering them a diet rich in soy based products?

You were probably told that Soy is a healthier protein alternative but did they also tell you that Soy contains estrogen like compounds and that although it is a natural ingredient, that this product should not be consumed on a regular basis?

Did they tell you that these estrogen like compounds could affect the sexual development of your child?

There is soy in most chocolate products

There is soy in most chocolate products

What They Don't Tell You About Soy Based Products.

What you were probably not told is that a diet rich in soy products could actually be very dangerous to those who consume it on a regular basis. Perhaps even more so to the young developing children who consume it.

What the sellers of soy will not tell you is that studies of these products has found some frightening health consequences for those individuals who consumed even as little as one serving every second day.

Do you know that Isoflavones are a primary ingredient of Soy and that it is these Isoflavones which may be the possible reason as to the majority of health problems associated with the consumption of these products. Isoflavones very closely resemble female hormones or Estrogen and we are feeding this compound to women, children, and men.

The manufacturers and distributors of Soy based products forgot to mention that medical studies now show that men who dine on a single serving every second day have dramatically reduced sperm counts compared to men who do not eat Soy products. The also do not tell you that the men who participated during these studies displayed approximately forty one million less sperm per milliliter of semen than those who did not consume Soy during the study.

The results of this study into the effects of regular consumption suggested that it is inadvisable for males to eat Soy products on a regular basis. So why are people still being told that soya milk is fine to bottle feed our babies? What is this over feeding of these products doing to the young developing male children who are bottle fed this stuff? What is it doing to your baby daughters? What is it doing to our sons?

Why were consumers not told about the possible health risks when studies started showing that there just might be a few problems with consuming Soy products on a regular basis? Why is it still being recommended that we feed it to our young children? Research studies are now concluding that it is not healthy for men, children, or women, to consume soy based products on a regular basis.

Soy is Now in Many Common Foods we Consume Each Day

Could Soy be Contributing to Higher Rates of Alzheimers?

Did you know that studies are suggesting that there appears to be a higher incidence of Alzheimer's in individuals who consume Soy based products on a regular basis.

The Isoflavones goitrogens may reduce your body's ability to absorb iron and other essential nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. These vitamin deficiencies can cause an increased risk of brain atrophy, reduce your thyroids ability to function, or cause other health related issues to occur.

A regular intake of Soy products may also affect your thyroid functioning and Soy products are suspected as being one of the factors responsible for inflammatory based thyroid illness.

On a recent trip to the grocery store I was shocked to find how difficult it is to go soy free. It was suddenly very clear to me how many products now contain soy when I started reading the list of ingredients for the products I had previously purchased without question.

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How Much Soy Are You Consuming Throughout Your Day?

Soy is being included into an increasing number of foods.

Soy is being included into an increasing number of foods.

What are the Effect of Soy Milk Isoflavones on Children?

While so many companies and individual distributors still shout out the many presumed health benefits they neglect to mention that when we feed our young babies and children soy based formulas or milk products that we are exposing them to approximately thirty-two to forty-five milligrams of the Isoflavone known as genistein.

If only a much smaller amount of this chemical is needed to affect a grown woman's menstrual cycle then what is the soy that we are feeding to our children doing to them? Do we know what the hormonal effects on our young babies and growing children is? What about the hormonal changes that expectant mothers who consume soy products may pass on to their developing fetus?

Studies are finding that Genistein may inhibit the growth of intestinal cells within babies who consume these formulas? Twice as many children who were fed a Soy based formula develop diabetes compared to those in a control group who were breast fed or received a milk based formula instead.

Does anyone know what the statistics of children with peanut allergies who were fed Soy milk products as babies are? Is there a link between nut allergies and soy consumption?

The Bad Effects Of Soy That They Aren't Telling You.

Do the manufacturers and distributors of soy products mention that it is now advised that women with a history of breast cancer should be very careful when consuming Soy products.

Do you know that women who take the anti-cancer drug tamoxifen should completely eliminate Soy based products from their diet as Soy may reduce the effectiveness of this drug.

Why are consumers still not being warned about the possible adverse health effects of consuming soy containing food products? If the people we count on for our health cannot give us the full scoop then we need to find it out for ourself. Please do some research on this topic and other health topics that may be of concern to your family.

Soy is Now Commonly Found in Chocolate Products

Ingredient list for chocolate shows the presence of Soy.

Ingredient list for chocolate shows the presence of Soy.

There are Healthier Options

Even with statistical evidence mounting as to the possible adverse health affects of a diet rich in Soy based products more and more companies are jumping onto the soy band wagon.

There are increasingly more foods contain soy appearing on store shelves proving that the commercial marketing arena for Soy products is indeed a very large and powerful industry. Many of these foods are products which our children casually consume each day. Mayonnaise, salad dressings, commercially prepared soups, and chocolate are just a few of the products which generally include soy in their ingredients.

The other day I noticed that the can of baked beans I had recently purchased tasted very dry and the skin of the beans was stringy to chew. I read the label and was shocked to see that the brand label reads "may contain soy beans". Another product out the window. Good grief but exactly how much soy do they expect us to consume in one day? The stuff is going into everything.

I am sure that in the future we will be seeing a great deal more on research into soy and thankfully we will probably also be receiving much more accurate information as to its true health benefits and risks. Until that information is available please research the foods which you choose for your family.

Do your own research into soy products and their possible health hazards. Don't risk your child's health on a product that we know so very little about. Do your own research before you unintentionally feed your child a soy rich diet.

Walk right past that soy flour, soy milk, tofu, soy oil, tempeh, miso, soy baby formula, soy meats, soy cheese, soy ice cream, or any other food item that may contain soy flour, soy lethicin, or any other soy based ingredient.

Avoid or boycott food products which may not be good for your family's health and avoid commercially prepared food products which contain soy. Purchase healthier milk and protein options instead.

Straight Talk About Soy: Harvard School of Public Health

© 2008 Lorelei Cohen

Are You a Pro or Anti Soy Advocate?

Pinaki Goswami on April 25, 2019:

Nice article with full of information. Thanks and regards.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 23, 2015:

Great interesting hub, Lorelei. I rarely eat anything soy-related, except for soy sauce and edanames that's in my salad. I haven't had tried TVP yet, since I'm having trouble finding it in grocery stores.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on January 21, 2015:

@Shorebirdie: That is the problem right there. Soy is now moving into too many commercially sold foods we are eating when it should not be. It is getting increasingly difficult for people to avoid consuming it. The soy overload is too much. No food should be eaten to extreme yet soy products are being forced on us in this manner. Food producers have to become more responsible and offer other purchasing choices for consumers.

Shorebirdie from San Diego, CA on January 20, 2015:

I've developed some kind of issue with soy, lately, so I've cut most of it out of my diet. It's hard to avoid it completely. One of the problems I've found is that a great majority of vegan substitutes are soy based. This makes it hard to go completely vegan without soy.

RaintreeAnnie from UK on January 20, 2015:

I tried soy several times years ago and it disagreed with me every time so I do not eat it. Just seems to make me ill. Interesting to read more about it.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on January 20, 2015:

The problem really lies in HOW MUCH soy is now being consumed here in the west. It is now included in so very many foods and we feed these on a daily basis to our kids. It is getting so consumers have a difficult time should they choose to avoid it in their food. Craziness.

BarbaraCasey on January 20, 2015:

Wow... I'm glad I don't like tofu... the main alternative protein pushed at vegetarians.

annieangel1 on January 20, 2015:

everything in moderation I think - thanks for the interesting information on soy products - makes you think doesn't it?

Fay Favored from USA on January 19, 2015:

Good information Lorelei. I've been trying to avoid soy in most foods, but my veggie meats make it hard. I didn't know this about the medications. Sharing this.

asereht1970 from Philippines on May 19, 2014:

Oh no! And to think I love soy sauce. Great informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

TanoCalvenoa on March 01, 2014:

I'm in favor of fermented soy products and sauces - which is how they have traditionally been used in Asia. Also, I'm not in favor of GMO anything and most soy is GMO these days. So there are some good products, but mostly I'm against soy.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on August 09, 2013:

@chezchazz: I actually started researching soy products with an open mind so I was absolutely stunned when I started discovering what research was finding on individuals and animals consuming soy on a regular basis. The data is pretty scary and especially when we consider how this stuff is going into more and more of our food products. Boycott soy and be very vocal about your boycott. It may be the only was to stop manufacturers going this direction with our food source.

Chazz from New York on August 08, 2013:

Came across your article while searching for evidence to fight a proposed soybean processing plant in our village. Definitely anti. Only fermented soy products are fit for consumption. Roundup is responsible for making each generation of soybeans more toxic than the one before - so steven ski, who did okay on soy milk some years ago was not fed the same soy milk being produced today. His had much less GM and pesticides.

anonymous on July 07, 2013:

im pro soy

anonymous on July 07, 2013:

I really don't believe most of these risk about soy milk being given to infants.. I was raised on strictly soy milk as a baby because of my allergies. I have no reproductive problems at all , a lot of testosterone no estrogen lol .. im 6 ft tall muscular built.. seems I build muscles very easily. I have no heart problems and im rarely sick.

Ellen Mitchell on May 21, 2013:

Thank you. This is great information to consider. I use organic soy drinks and cheeses in place of milk products. You've got me really thinking and I'll continue to study this. I may try changing to rice milk and almond milk. Well written. Thanks for the information.

jolou on February 07, 2013:

I avoid soy. Apparently nearly all soy products also contain GMOs, which I am also trying to avoid.

ViJuvenate on January 24, 2013:

I will tell people who are open to listening that relying on soy as a main food in their diet is a bad idea. I don't think we need to worry if we ingest a small amount here and there, but getting good information to make good decisions is key. We must always take into account the fact that almost every bit of information we see in commercials is financially motivated, not motivated to help people. We can never leave our health in the hands of those who have a product to sell. No one in their right mind expects people to say, "Please buy our product, but not too much of it." They are out there trying to sell their product and giving it all the good press it can get, and still fall under the laws of truthful advertising. It is our responsibility as consumers to understand this and look at foods and products for ourselves. We all know a balanced diet is mandatory and reliance on any food item to be miracle is simply foolish.

cakeandpie on January 04, 2013:

This article contains mis-information. Fermented soy products such as tempeh, miso and natto do not have the same health risks as soy milk or other soy foods you have warned readers not to eat!

anonymous on December 02, 2012:

@gradientcat: almond milk or rice milk is a great alternative! I'm a vegan so dairy is not an option for me and I used to use soy milk until realizing how detrimental it is to our health. Now I use almond milk all the time :)

LaPikas on November 29, 2012:

I think the key is variety! If we eat only from a few types of food, we will get much worse consequences if those are later found to have bad substances for our bodies. I find your lens very informative so we can make our choices more wisely.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on September 24, 2012:

@Echo Phoenix: Your body must be telling you to avoid soy products. Wise body.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on September 24, 2012:

@aesta1: I have really reduced our family's use of soy tremendously since I researched this article. Previously I had suspicions but no concept how truly bad soya was.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 20, 2012:

I am so happy to have read this. We do use soy sauce so I need to be careful in the future.

Echo Phoenix on September 13, 2012:

I cannot ingest soy products at all, my body reacts violently to it. I was not always this way but developed this autoimmune response to it about 7 years ago. Interesting, I had no idea about the breast cancer connection before reading your lens and I am high risk for breast cancer. My body must have been trying to tell me something by rejecting the soy:)

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on June 28, 2012:

I much prefer to eat natural foods, and information like this I just find really scary. I dread to think what we are going to find in the next 20 years, and how our health will be affected by all the garbage we are forced to consume.

anonymous on June 26, 2012:

@emmesinger1: Try Rice Milk!! It also comes with a hint of vanilla. It taste great. I like it better than soy, almond and regular milk. I think that this would be a great alternative for you.

gradientcat on May 31, 2012:

I'm allergic to milk, so I drink soy instead. Never knew that there was controversy over it...

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on May 30, 2012:

@anonymous: My sources are always listed at the foot of my articles. This is standard procedure for most written work. The sites I used for my research show both good and bad of soy products and research that has been conducted.

anonymous on May 29, 2012:

You keep referring to these 'studies' that now show the dangers of soy. Can you refer your readers to these 'studies'? It's easy to write about the dangers when you don't sight any resources to back up your information.

Dan from CNY on May 25, 2012:

I am lactose intolerant, and I tried drinking soy milk, but I found out I got the hives from drinking soy milk.

anonymous on April 08, 2012:

I was just thinking of this article the other day when I was talking to someone about the dangers of soy products...was here in 2010 and returning with a very well deserved blessing for this very important information!...*

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on April 06, 2012:

I was doing soy for a while, to cut down on cholesterol. Now I use almond milk instead -- it's also easier to digest.

emmesinger1 on April 03, 2012:

I WAS pro-soy before reading this lens (which I need to come back to for more details.) I chose soy because I'm lactose intolerant (and also allergic to Almond Milk). Hazelnut Milk and Oat Milk are tasty options but quite expensive! Soy was an economical choice that doesn't taste bad (sugar added). But if not soy, and not cow milk, and the nut milks are rather expensive ... ARE there any more options? Or do I just change my budget to fit-inHazelnut and-or Oat Milk?

Delia on April 03, 2012:

Very interesting! I need to check with my doctor because I do drink Soy/Soya milk, now I'm wondering if some of the problems I have is caused from Soy.

I learned something today...Thanks and a ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

dc64 lm on February 14, 2012:

I have had an intolerance for soy ever since I was in my early twenties. I don't know if it was because of the fact that most soy on the market is genetically modified, or if was just one of those things, but a short time later I developed Crohn's Disease. I can't eat out because soy is in just about everything, and the Crohn's makes it even more difficult. Thank goodness for ground flax seed, because that is the only thing that I've found to keep my Crohn's under control.

I blame the soy, and these companies that genetically modify foods. Leave nature alone, she knows what she is doing.

norma-holt on January 14, 2012:

We just don't know what is good for us any more. Since the Chinees food invasion into Australia, and elsewhere, began we need a higher education to get through all the information. Lenses like this are great to pass on alerts. *Blessed* and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen. Hugs.

anonymous on November 22, 2011:

Hmm! This definitely makes me want to read a little more. Yikes! I drink soy all the time since I'm allergic to dairy AND soy is in almost everything! It's like, almost as bad as corn in everything.

anonymous on October 04, 2011:

All what ever I have read about Soy in the past has washed from my mind after reading this blog. Thanks so much for being mentor on this topic. Vitamin D sources are so harmful some time like fish oil too.

happynutritionist on July 29, 2011:

There was a time when I drank soy milk with soy protein powder and my favorite green powder every morning for breakfast. Always felt great...but have read negative info like what you have presented here and don't use it nearly as much. I am also concerned that it is one of the foods more likely to be genetically modified (contain GMO's)

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on June 21, 2011:

@anonymous: From everything that i have read the main complications from soy are: maturing early, stomach difficulties including chrones (sorry not sure how to spell that), alzheimers, and thyroid issues.

anonymous on June 21, 2011:

I wasn't aware of the health risks, but when my daughter was born she was breast fed for 3 months, at that point I was really sick and feeding her breast milk was no longer an option. I tried dairy formula and found out she was allergic. Soy milk was the only thing she could keep down. She was fed soy based formula for months. What long term affects could this have on her? She is 12 years old now and healthy as can be....and no longer allergic to dairy though as a family we just don't consume much.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on April 08, 2011:

@RebeccaE: Yes but you must check all the everyday food products you consume for soy too. It is amazing how many regular products like chocolate and mayonnaise which contain soy.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on April 08, 2011:

@Wendy Leanne: I am beginning to think that this may have caused a severe attack that I had today. I made egg salad with mayonnaise that contains soy. I have got to start researching alternatives or go to a basic egg, wheat, apple, and broccoli diet. Crazy.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on April 08, 2011:

@nebby: It wasn't long ago that I looked at my Kraft Miracle whip jar to discover that it also contained soy. I was angry and frustrated at the same time. It is getting more and more difficult to get away from soy containing products.

anonymous on April 08, 2011:

@RolandTumble: Asian don't eat any of the three fermented forms of soy on a day to day basis, multiple times a day like we do in the United States, especially the tofu and the edamame. Interestingly, tofu was a part of the process usually thrown out. I agree with the Lady, and real unslanted research bears this out: Though certain entities would have you believe more is better, like 60 mg all the way to 200 mg is best of soy protein, people aren't on those levels very long before serious health issues, like hyperthyroidism make themselves known. In 'Asian countries', when a study was done, their consumption of "all legumes" (so that the number would be even higher), their consumption on a daily basis was still only .08 mg per day. They just don't eat soy eat day. If you are like everyone else, if you eat out, boom, on average like 5 hits of soy in one meal....soybean oil, soy lecithin, the mysterious 'natural flavoring' and 'chicken broth'...not to name names, like they are the only ones, but as of today April 8th, Taco Bell, Popeyes, MacDonald's, Chic Filet, Burger King...all all uses of the (cheap in cost) soy product. TVP (Texturized vegetable protein), HVP (Hydrolyzed [anything with that word]Vegetable Protein), and the oh so healthy sounding Vegetable Oil (usually at least 50% Soybean Oil - never seen an exception, but there just must be "one" out there somewhere....)....Sorry, I was having SO MANY issues, and now, as I cut more an more soy out, I find more and more "hidden" sources....oh yeah, mono- and diglycerides...sorry mermaid, am I bad for naming so many names at once??

It's just so frustrating. I hear and see so many people saying: I have a gluten allergy, or I'm allergic to chocolate, or is it the soybean product in each?? I recently read that innocent whet flour with Malted Barley Flour in it has a soy component! If they aren't going to admit to the soy, how are you supposed to know - why wouldn't one assume that they had a gluten allergy? I have some found some chocolate made with just cocoa mass and sugar, but you have to look around - as of today, Michel Cluizel 60% with cocoa nibs and Rogue Chocolatier, a brand called....NOTHING AT THE REGULAR GROCERY STORE....and this is how people get misled, unless they are blessed to live by an actual bakery. HEy maybe I'm wrong, but it has taken me years of eliminating foods to come to this point, eliminating white sugar for a time I was so convinced, and corn[the High Fructose Corn Syrup(HFC) was really rough to get rid of at the time, potatoes, carrots all had to go I was SO worried about the sugar. I thought I had all these allergies, now it turns out it was really just one - soy and soy derivatives - how do I know? My symptoms calmed down to almost nothing and I ate the supposedly evil food and....nothing happened! No foggy brain! No trouble waking up! No fatigue....the aches and pains went away... Thank you for giving me a chance to express my dismay/angst...abilities that I THOUGHT were gone forever came back- did I mention the anxiety and depression for years on end that just faded away(!?) memory is just there, my ability to multitask like before is slowly coming back....

nebby from USA on March 29, 2011:

I remember when soy just started to become popular back in the 60's. Before jumping on to the band wagon I started to read more about the "groups" and government agencies who were pushing it out there as a health type product. Many of the groups were pharma type companies who were doing cancer research and research on hormonal effects on the body. Somehow something clicked in my brain and when I put 2 & 2 together, I thought - they are trying to get us sick just so they can sell us medications down the line.

I know many people think that soy is the perfect food but with its high estrogen level and seeing children hit puberty at such a young age you have to stand back and think it over a bit.

Although I'll admit I do eat too much junk type food and do eat some other products that I know are not healthy for you so I am no means a fanatic when it comes to healthy eating but I do what I can to avoid soy - I just scares me.

anonymous on March 02, 2011:

Dear Ladymermaid,

I can easily see that lot of research has gone in this lens. Very educational and full with cautious tips, I was thinking Soya is the ultimate in food.

Wendy Leanne from Texas on February 10, 2011:

I'm very educated about soy because I'm allergic to soy. My allergist told me that soy is a legume (just like peanuts). He said that soy is actually a more common allergy than peanuts, but people are just misinformed and many are going undiagnosed. The soy allergy can cause symptoms very similar to irritable bowel syndrome and I think it's no coincidence that the increase of IBS cases occurred when we started going crazy with putting soy in our food. It's in everything from saltine crackers to Campbell's soup. You did a great job here educated the public.

* Blessed by a Squid Angel

MargoPArrowsmith on February 08, 2011:

Lensrolled to Life Enhancing Coconut Oil. I have learned a lot of the negative about soy through this.

I have just discovered a tofu pasta which isn't terrible as I like to atay away from wheat, but I don't eat it much

RebeccaE on February 07, 2011:

never having had soy milk I'm glad I didn't. Well said

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on February 07, 2011:

@anonymous: Most people do not realize that there could be problems with it because of all the positive advertising - and if you are told it is good for your baby you think it is safe - that advertising is down and out right scary. Glad to send a little more information your way - have her check out my sources at the foot of the page.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on February 07, 2011:

@RaintreeAnnie: What shocks me are the number of products that now contain it. Especially gosh but kids eat that all the time.

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on February 07, 2011:

Very Interesting News. Our family never had problems with milk products so we never switched to soy/soya products. I tried soya milk when it was first popular but I could never stand the taste. I'll keep drinking my skim milk and low-fat yogurt. Thanks for making people aware of potential dangers of soya products. Scary stuff. :)

RaintreeAnnie from UK on February 07, 2011:

This is interesting. I actually tried to eat soy/soya products as we were being advised they were good for us - but I seemed to be allergic to it, even a small amount and I got bad effects-stomach pain etc so we don't eat any now at all. Excellent lens.

anonymous on February 07, 2011:

There ya go vallain, my 26 yr old daughter is having terrible sinus problems and she eats and drinks soy like crazy. She did read an article in some health magazine saying you shouldn't have too much. I am passing this on to her, thanks LadyMermaid, wonderful lens as always, great information.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on February 07, 2011:

You are scaring me as I've been drinking soy milk for some time now.

I should try the elimination process to see if anything I'm eating contributes to the sinus problems I've been having.

anonymous on October 26, 2010:

Excellent information and what a lens! I never got into soy, so I guess I dodged that bullet. It never made sense to me to pay to eat something that didn't appeal to me. Many are having health problems for something they were doing to make them healthier, sad. Turns out that soy sounds as bad for us as high fructose corn syrup.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on April 13, 2010:

It just amazes me that doctors and nurses are still promoting this stuff as a health food. Now that I know what I do about it, I am shocked at how many products contain it, and terrified for the babies being bottle fed it.

myraggededge on April 12, 2010:

Spot on! If only people knew the trouble they were lining up for themselves consuming this garbage. Blessed :)

LadyelenaUK on March 28, 2010:

On the contrary, I thought soya was healthy. Glad I read your article. Thanks.

Kylyssa Shay from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on February 10, 2010:

Great lens! I didn't learn about the downsides of soy until I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I was a big consumer of soy products back then. But I found out that soy interferes with my thyroid meds in a big way. It's almost like not taking them if I consume too much soy and my TSH tests proved it. No matter how much thyroid replacement hormone my doctor prescribed, my thyroid levels were not reaching the normal zone until I cut out soy and cruciferous vegetables. Now I avoid soy and I get to keep my hair.

Davidfstillwagon on January 17, 2010:

That's interesting because you hear a lot of people say that soy is good for you!

good lens 5*

anonymous on October 17, 2009:

i am a lifeime holistic healer/chiropodist, deep zone lymphatic cleaning massagist, author, teacher, instructor, and a make a wondearful lilne of theraputic wood massage tools.

my father was an honors student in the ´30´s at Michigan State unversiy and he told me more than 50 years ago that, "Soybeans are food for 4-legged animals with 2 or more stomaches!¨ i.e., NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION!


Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on August 09, 2009:

Thank you for being a member of Milk and Milking Group. It's important to know about all aspects of milk, including the alternatives to milk produced by mammals.

seashell2 on April 25, 2009:

Great informative lens... I didn't know too much about Soy but we do occssionally eat 'Edemome Beans' What do you think of these? 5*s!

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on December 29, 2008:

I am so glad there are other people talking about the bad effects of soy. You can read all about it at my site too: GROSS or Get Rid of Soy Society right here on squidoo.....5* to you

tandemonimom lm on December 29, 2008:

Informative and helpful lens on a VERY important topic! Thank you for your thorough research. 5***** and a cordial invitation to join the new Real Food, Real Living group on Squidoo!

(PS to RolandTumble: Asian societies consume most of their soy products in highly fermented form, such as soy sauce and miso, which are safe due to the fermenting process.)

RolandTumble on December 18, 2008:

While it's probably a good idea to cut out--or at least sharply reduce--one's consumption of commercially overprocessed soya, the lack of rampant levels of these reported problems in traditional Asian communities tends to argue that basic forms such as tofu, tempeh and edamame are at least realtively safe (and they're too good to cut out entirely...).

Nice lens, though.

CleanerLife on November 18, 2008:

I was convinced soy, and soya based products were healthy, until I read stuff like this:

"Before the first world war, only a very few soya beans were crushed. The Americans had begun experimenting with using the protein meal as animal feed, but farmers were reluctant to take it up because it was indigestible to chicken and pigs.... It was mainly used in soaps because it was considered unpalatable.." -

This information is out there, but it's buried by the commercial hype. It also seems like most of this information is on "soya" and Americans don't hear about it, or don't understand it because we use the word soy instead of soya.

anonymous on October 29, 2008:

I had no idea about Soya. Wow, time to watch for it. Very informative lens...super well done and my best to you! 5*****


Garden Angels

anonymous on October 27, 2008:

I was taking a soy supplement for woman. I developed night sweats. When I quit taking it they went away. So much for helping with menopause symptoms. In my case it caused them years earlier than I should have them.

anonymous on October 27, 2008:

i wonder i have not seen any soya based products nowadays.

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on October 21, 2008:

I used to eat soy once in a while, mainly because it was a good alternative to eating beef all the time for fat intake reasons...but I stopped based on hearing about the estrogen aspect, like you said (I'm a guy, so I don't want any of that!). Nice work on this lens!

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on October 19, 2008:

Great information, especially as I'm a vegetarian. I don't use soy much... and stay with natural foods rather than processed. 5*****

sassydiva lm on October 16, 2008:

Very informative lens..I eat some soy products because I am allergic to milk. I will check this lens out again when I have more time.

JD_Blackstar on October 09, 2008:

Unfortunately soy is as ubiquitous as high fructose corn syrup. It's a challenge to avoid, especially if you're lactose intolerant, but I agree that it's intake should be severely limited and monitored.

anonymous on October 08, 2008:

I also find this quite interesting. My mother was very upset a few years ago when she found out I had started drinking soy milk. She convinced me to stop and research the effects. While I find much of the research inconclusive there was enough to make me discontinue drinking the soy. Thank you for your research and your passion.

jvdarcy on October 05, 2008:

Dang it! I still have a pint of soy chocolate faux ice cream in the freezer I was JUST thinking about...

I look forward to reviewing your references!

gmarlett lm on September 22, 2008:

I knew there was a reason I didn't like soya products! Excellent lens and very informative! Thanks for joining the Squidoo All Stars Group

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