Soy is often marketed as healthy. Companies that manufacture soy products have done their best to market soy as the healthy food you need for a good number of years. It really does have a number of benefits to offer such as improving the levels of cholesterol in your body among others. However, as healthy as it seems to be, it could actually be very harmful to your health. According to studies, the effects could be as bad as promoting cancer or even heart disease. So while companies use it in a lot of processed foods and market only its positive side, it is important to consider the negative effects of soy. Here are a few negative side effects of eating soy.
1. It’s High In Phytoestrogens/ Isoflavones
Your body’s normal estrogen can be blocked by plant compounds that resemble estrogen. This could also result in the disruption of the endocrine function. Soy contains a significantly high level of phytoestrogens than most foods. Consuming Phytoestrogens is very dangerous for your body. They can cause breast cancer, uterine fibroids, low libido and even endometriosis. When a young child or just an infant consumes soy in the right quantities even in formula, that is an equivalent of four birth control pills. Can you believe it? It also affects the growth hormone.
2. It Is Goitrogenic
Out of all the goitrogenic foods around, soy is the one leading on that list and for that reason, it will destroy your thyroid. Goitrogens hurt your thyroid by preventing them from getting the amount of iodine they need. When your thyroid fails you could end up gaining unwanted weight, you’ll feel colder more easily, have a hard time regulating your moods and you’ll even feel fatigued easily. You could also have problems concentrating.
3. It Contains High Phytic Acid (Phytates)
Diets rich in phytates have been known to cause problems in the normal and healthy growth of children. These phytates refer to enzyme inhibitors that block the absorption of minerals in the digestive tract. These are naturally present in grains, nuts, legumes and seeds but the amount is higher in soy. If you really have to eat soy it might be better to stick to fermented soy products. Otherwise, the phytic acid in soy reduces assimilation of calcium, copper, zinc, magnesium and iron.
4. It Is A Trypsin Inhibitor
Soy is known to interfere with the digestion of protein and it could lead to pancreatic disorders as it is rich in trypsin inhibitors. Our bodies generally need trypsin otherwise, we’ll end up experiencing many digestive problems of different types. Such problems include stomach cramps, diarrhea and even bleeding.
5. Vitamin B12
Soy happens to contain compounds that are quite similar to Vitamin B12. Your body does not need this compound because it cannot use it seeing that it is not the original Vitamin B12 that it requires to function. Instead of helping you, it could actually lead to your being B12 deficient. This is the case, particularly with vegans.