I am sure you are thinking, “How can this guy have a problem with soy? Isn’t soy a miracle food with so many health benefits? Doesn’t it help us live longer, make us healthier, and improve quality of life?” NO, NO, and NO!
How did soy get to be so popular if it isn’t good? I could ask you that same question about hundreds of medications that are pulled off the shelves in massive recalls (that’s another subject) … MONEY, that’s how. The United Soybean Board (USB) targeted the right people/groups, aggressively lobbied in Washington, and spent millions on establishing the cholesterol-lowering heart claim alone! Money makes things happen, even when it’s a total lie.
The main point pushed and reason why the government “sponsored” soy protein was because it SUPPOSEDLY reduces the risk of heart disease. Here’s the truth: Soy has actually been shown to decrease HDL cholesterol –
now there is a problem.
What is the upside for these companies? Why would they push this stuff versus another other protein? P-R-O-F-I-T-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y. Soy protein is WAY CHEAPER to produce, manufacture, and easier to make money off of. You didn’t really think these companies had YOUR best interests in mind, did you?!?
Lets take a look at what soy can do to:
- Lower testosterone levels, which leads to…
- Decreased sex drive … BOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
- Lower sperm count … slowly losing manpower here
- Earlier onset of puberty in girls
- Heavier menstrual flow
- Increased cramping
- Possible infertilityANYONE
- Thyroid damage (this is usually the first side effect)
- Loss of energy
- Weight gain
- Increased cortisol production (the stress hormone)Yes, I may just have upset some soy lovers, vegetarians/vegans, and manufacturers. Sorry, I can’t hide from the truth.Bottom Line: You get what you pay for. Spend a couple more bucks and buy Whey Protein, Whey Protein Concentrate or Whey Protein Isolate. You get what you pay for!
Mind you, if you are looking for LESS RESULTS in the gym, follow this simple plan: 1) Stop working out, 2) Go get that movie with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, 3) Buy some bon-bons and a half-gallon of soy milk, and 4) Grab a big box of tissues!
If you want to learn more, I would suggest reading The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla T. Daniel, Ph.D.
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