Soy has to be one of the most controversial foods on the market. Why you ask? Well, because it’s a very common allergen, it’s in EVERYTHING (which is why so many people have become allergic or have sensitivities to it), but we still ask “but isn’t soy good for me?” What do I always say? Everything in moderation and consider the source.
In this country, big business sees a trend and then runs full force with it not caring so much about quality, but focusing more on, you guessed it, QUANTITY. With that being said, most corporate commercial food co’s do not care where and how their crop is grown…they just want a lot of product for a little money.
Soy is one of the most overcropped plants out there next to corn and I have news for you, most of it, if not ALL is GMO (a genetically modified organism).
The fact that soy is in mostly everything these days means that our bodies have to process a lot of it. And it can really mess us up!
I am attaching a link to an article from the Weston A. Price Foundation about soy and it highlights just a few dangers of this nasty little crop. I urge you to take a look at it (it’s not that long) in order to become aware of what soy can do to your body.
Sure, soy used to be considered pretty healthy and in other countries, such as Asia, they consume a lot of it, but it’s not as processed. In Japan, for instance, they consume more miso, which is a soybean paste. It has not been harvested, crunched down and processed into the tofu we know (and think we love) here. I know they make organic tofu products, but the problem is this…GMO seeds can and have made their way into non-GMO crops and we don’t really know the difference. So, sometimes, organic may not truly be organic.
No reason to freak. There are plenty of alternatives. If you have switched from regular cow milk to soy, I suggest switching to an alternative such as almond, rice or hemp; all of which are much better choices for you. Experiment with which consistency you like best since they are all a little different. I personally prefer almond. You can use any of these the way you would use regular milk products.
Just remember what a soy bean looks like. Does tofu look ANYTHING like that? It’s HIGHLY processed…and it’s the processing that causes all these problems. It messes with our systems pretty badly…from everything to causing vitamin deficiency, to jacking up our hormones.
I know there is a lot of conflicting information out there regarding soy, so just get informed. Make smart choices and as always, you can seek the professional help of someone like me, who can educate you on what choices may be best for you.