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Issues with soy

Why soy can be dangerous. 

Over the past decade, the soybean has become part of the Australian diet as what some people are calling the perfect protein source. Soy foods have become linked to good health. It's cheap, easy to cook, vegetarian and could even be good for our hearts.  

But although many consumers of soy are hard pressed to explain why soy is supposed to be so healthy, they just take it on faith that they should embrace the bean. There are many hidden dangers with soy. The main one and the one of most concern to men is that it has the power to undermine everything that makes you a man. 

Here are just a few of the issues that come with soy: 

Hormonal havoc, weight gain for women and man boobs. 

Soy is extraordinarily high in phytoestrogens; pretty much higher than any other food out there. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic the same hormone that is produced inside our body. Estrogen toxicity will increase localised fat storage in the thighs and hips for females and cause men to form man boobs. Nothing good can come of fat thighs and man boobs.  

When humans consume these compounds in high enough quantities, their testosterone and estrogen balance gets out of wack and they may experience gender-bending nightmares. What's more, studies of these phytoestrogens in leading peer-reviewed medical journals suggest that even low doses—such as the amount in the 25-gram soy protein target cited by the FDA—have the potential to wreak hormonal havoc. 

You get fat, feel cold and become cranky. 

Soy is high in isoflavones, which prevents the thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine. There is abundant evidence that some of the isoflavones found in soy, including genistein and equol - a metabolize of daidzen - demonstrate toxicity in estrogen sensitive tissues and in the thyroid. This is true for a number of species, including humans. Additionally, isoflavones are inhibitors of the thyroid peroxidase, which makes T3 and T4. Inhibition can be expected to generate thyroid abnormalities, including goiter and autoimmune thyroiditis.  

If your thyroid slows down then your metabolic rate slows down too and you will start to gain weight. The other factors that come into play when your metabolism slows down is that you start to feel cold, your extremities get a little numb and worst of all you become a moody bastard and no one wants to be around you. 

Soy is high in Phytates – no one wants to be a push over. 

Phytates are enzyme inhibitors that can block mineral absorption in the body. As a result of this is found to cause a deficiency in the body for vitamin B12 and vitamin D. When the body is vitamin D deficient it is at higher risk of bone fractures as the ability to absorb calcium is much lower. Many people already are deficient in vitamin D, this can let to more health problems. 

The bad long-term side effects of soy well out weigh any short term benefits. Soy is big business and it wouldn’t be the first time the health of the many has been sacrificed to line the pockets of the few. 

Now man up and order your coffee straight up. The way it was meant to be drunk. 


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