With so many milk alternatives available on the market these days, it’s shocking how many people still reach for soy. We are all swayed by marketing whether we believe it or not, and it’s unfortunate that soy’s marketing has won over the general American public, and that there isn’t more prevalent information available on soy’s immuno-suppressive, hormone disrupting, and anti-nutrient effects. Ancient Chinese writings have even suggested that the soybean was never fit for human consumption. It wasn’t until soy was fermented that it was considered beneficial. Even now soy has been linked to breast cancer, thyroid disease, menstrual and fertility issues, compromised immunity, and severe allergies.
Soy what’s wrong with soy?
The phytates (enzyme inhibiters) in soy bind to minerals like zinc, calcium, magnesium, and iron and actually pull them from the body, resulting in mineral deficiencies and bone density loss. Soy also contains goitrogens that inhibit the function of the thyroid gland. Add to this that soy is one of the most genetically modified crops (about 85% of all soy is GMO) and now you have a cocktail of hormone disrupters and immune system suppressors.
What about fermented soy?
The only way soy should be consumed is if it is organic and fermented. This would include organic versions of tamari, miso, natto, and tempeh. However, still the fermentation process is not as intense as it is in Asian countries, so your ‘fermented soy’ foods have a less intense flavor as Asian fermented soy foods, and therefore possibly a lesser nutrient benefit.
What do I eat instead?
Any recipe that originally called for soy beans can be swapped out with lima beans for the same eye appeal, and almond milk can easily replace soy milk. Skip out on the soy solutions to meat, they are HIGHLY mechanically processed and contain many fillers. Instead of soy sauce on sushi, just try lemon, and truly enjoy the real flavor of the fish. Pick protein powders that use hemp, pea, and/or rice as a base rather than soy.
1 cup almonds
5+ cups purified water
3 medjool dates, pitted
Optional step: soak 1 cup of almonds overnight in purified water. Drain and rinse well
Place in a blender with 4 cups of purified water, blend, and strain through a nut milk bag or paint strainer bag (even panty hose work!). Toss the pulp, place the milk back in your blender and add 2-3 pitted medjool dates and a dash of cinnamon.