Avoid Soy for These 4 Reasons

Soy protein products come in many different shapes and textures and are falsely marketed to us as health food. But soy products are not actually healthy. Here are four reasons why:

• Soy contains plant estrogens called phytoestrogens that disrupt hormone function and have been shown to potentially increase the risk of breast cancer.
• Soy suppresses your thyroid and is known as a goitrogen, a substance that prevents your thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine.
• Soy contains enzyme inhibitors called phytates, which block mineral absorption in the digestive tract.
• Soy is rich in trypsin inhibitors, which interfere with protein digestion and can cause many digestive problems.

If you do eat soy, make sure you eat small amounts of it and only fermented forms, such as miso, tempeh and soy sauce, as fermentation makes the nutrients in soy more soluble.

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