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Are Soya Food And Drinks Really Good For Us?

Aug 17, 2007
For a few years now soya and soya based products have become very popular. Many people who are vegetarian use soya as a replacement for meat, and people who are lactose intolerant drink soya milk as a substitute for cow's milk. soya has been so deeply ingrained into our way of life, but is it really good for us? Recent reports seem to say that soya is not.

Not too long ago, several centuries, soya was not considered as a food source, and it is amazing how modern propaganda could push this product into the spotlight. It wasn't until the 2nd Century in China's Chou Dynasty that the fermentation of soya made it a viable option for human consumption. Up until that point it had been mainly used in crop rotation to moderate the nitrogen levels in the soil.

The unfermented soyabeans were never eaten, as they contained large levels of natural toxins that blocked digestion. Many of these toxins cannot be removed, even through cooking. Soya has been shown to produce serious gastric distress and reduce the proteins needed for proper digestion and can also cause cancer.

A closer examination of soya shows that the product is 99% genetically altered. There are also more pesticides in soya than in any other food product in the world today. There have been further studies that show vegetarians who regularly consume soya products run a risk of severe deficiencies in calcium, magnesium and iron.

Producers of soya are still trying to figure out how to get these "anti nutrients" out of soya and make it more "user friendly". One process involves mixing the soya with an alkaline solution to remove the fiber. The process takes place in large aluminum tanks where the aluminum has a chance to seep into the soya as well. After this process, the curds are spray-dried under high temperatures to produce textured vegetable protein (TVP).

Although numerous studies have shown soya to have caused poor results in animals who were fed the product, the soya industry has not let up in its push to market it to the public. School lunches, commercial baked goods and fast food all have soya in them and are consumed in large quantities every day. You have to know that something is seriously wrong when in 1913, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) listed soya as an industrial product and not as food.

There was a time when soya wasn't selling quite as much as the soya industry would have hoped, so they changed their marketing tactics. Instead of targeting people who might live in impoverished areas, they shifted their sights to the mainstream and the people with money. soya became the next fad in a long line of 'miracle foods' and the public literally ate it up. Apparently, this is working and it is scary.
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Jeff Clare has worked in healthcare and now writes regularly on health related topics including healthy living and asbestos related diseases and much more
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