How to Avoid Soy

Yesterday I rambled about how evil soy is and why. Today we need to figure out how to avoid it. I told you I was going to turn you into a diligent label reader didn’t I?

Some sources of soy will be easy to spot like:

  • Tofu
  • Bean Curd
  • Soybean oil
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Tamari
  • Edamame
  • Soy flour
  • Soya
  • Soy Sauce

Others are a little more tricky:

  • Non-dairy creamer
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • Hydrolized vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Some sausage, hot dogs and deli meats
  • Canned meats
  • Bacon bits
  • Salad Dressings
  • Worcstershire, Steak and BBQ Sauces
  • Canned tuna and salmon
  • Canned soup
  • Frozen entrees
  • Margarine
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Potato chips

Yes that’s right, the meat you buy from the grocery store is not even beef/chicken/lamb anymore. If you leave a cow to go completely wild and just eat whatever it wants, what will it eat? I know for a fact that it will not stand in a GMO soybean field and eat nothing but soy beans for it’s entire life. It will wander around eating many different varieties of grasses and green growing plants.

Dude this resort sucks. They told us there would be fresh, growing grass to our hearts content. So far all they're feeding us is some really bitter crunchy stuff that makes me bloated and cranky.

My point is, livestock producers like to use corn and soy as a base for their animal feed, because these protein-rich grains fatten up their animals, and because they’re incredibly cheap as a result of the government subsidies. Livestock consumes 47% of the soy and 60% of the corn produced in the US. These meat products contain lower Omega 3 fatty acids than pasture-raised meat. The also have 5 times less Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA-the cancer fighter) than pasture-raised meat.

An organic cage-free egg from the store versus our free-range soy-free eggs.

And because 85% of soybeans are Genetically Modified, the meat you’re buying at the grocery store most likely contains GMO ingredients. GMO soy and corn are bred in a lab with built in pesticides and herbicides, which bio-accumulate in the fatty tissues of the animal. This chemical nightmare is then passed on to you, the consumer, when you eat that meat. Along with all of the arsenic, antibiotics, diseased animal tissue, plastic filler, chicken waste, dead animals, bones, pus, hides and scrap tissue that they are feeding factory farmed animals these days.

OMG you guys, I'm so excited! After we get our ears scratched the farmer promised a nice walk down by the pond and then as much grass as we can possibly eat. Race you!

My suggestion? Buy whole, raw one-ingredient foods. Grow your own.  Go to or and find a farmer near your home. Ask questions, farmers love to tell you how they are raising their animals and what they are feeding them. They really won’t be offended by the question, in fact I have never met a farmer that won’t try to talk your ear off about that very subject. It is their lifes passion you know!

Rob's chickens eat whatever they find in the fields. He has a big chicken feeder full of organic soy-free food that they can eat at will. They much prefer to go find food on their own.

Make your opinions known. Every local grocery store in my area has heard from me. I make it a point to track down the managers and let them know the reason my cart is full of organic produce and non-GMO foods. I let them know the reason I refuse to buy ‘meat’ from their business. I write letters to the corporations or franchises that own those stores, I talk to my congressman and I regularly annoy the governor’s office. And you should too! Be a pest, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. And I for one would love to see this fake, poison junk they are trying to pass off as meat, milk, cheese and eggs disappear. Wouldn’t you?

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Dangers of Soy

Soy is the cheapest protein available today, and it is a major component of most animal feeds. Cheap soy protein allows chickens to grow the fastest, and produce the maximum amount of eggs during their peak laying cycles. So why do Rob and I pay more for organic, soy-free chicken feed? Why do we read labels and avoid eating highly processed soy products like the plague?

Because soy beans are very high in phytic acid and isoflavones. Phytic acid blocks absorption of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. The phytic acid in soy beans is not reduced or neutralized by soaking, sprouting or long, slow cooking. Soy Isoflavones mimic estrogen in the body. Soy processing leads to the formation of toxic nitrosamines (carcinogens) and the formation of MSG. Additional MSG is often added to soy products during manufacturing. Many soy products contain high levels of aluminum.

What do Phytic Acid and Soy Isoflavones do to the body?

  • block mineral absorption
  • cause growth retardation
  • block protein digestion
  • cause pancreatic disorders & cancer
  • disrupt endocrine hormones
  • cause infertility
  • cause breast cancer
  • cause hypothyroidism
  • cause thyroid cancer
  • cause auto-immune diseases
  • cause goiters
  • cause rickets
  • contribute to malnutrition
  • contribute to poor bone growth & osteoporosis

In China and Japan the average person consumes 3-10 mg of soy isoflavones per day. Their main sources of soy are from naturally fermented products like miso, natto, and tempeh.

The average American consumes 400-600 mg of soy isoflavones per day! Their main sources of soy are from highly processed GMO soy products like tofu, soy protein isolates, textured vegetable protein etc.

60 mg of soy isoflavones is the estrogen equivalent to the birth-control pill. Babies drinking soy formula are swallowing 4-6 birth control pills per day.

What does this mean in women?

  • Breast cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Very early menopause
  • Extreme, debilitating PMS
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Eroded Intestinal Villi
  • A multitude of digestion issues

What does this mean in men?

  • Low semen count
  • Poor semen quality
  • Slow sperm motility
  • Decreased libido
  • Low Testosterone levels
  • Muscle Loss
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Eroded Intestinal Villi
  • A multitude of digestion issues

What does this mean in Utero?

  • Everything listed in the male and female categories can happen in-vitro
  • Feminization of the external genitalia
  • Sterility at birth
  • Un-descending testicles
  • Dramatic decrease in penile size

What does this mean in Infants & Children?

  • Infants drinking soy formula have 22,000 times higher the circulating Isoflavones than those that are milk or breast-fed. They are at risk for EVERYTHING IN THE PREVIOUS LISTS.
  • Soy formula contains 1,500 times more aluminum than milk-based formula (read about aluminum HERE)
  • Androgen/Estrogen balance is crucial to reproductive development at this stage
  • Increased allergies
  • Increased asthma
  • Brain damage and reduced brain function
  • Poor memory
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Altered Behavior and Mood disorders
  • Speech disturbances
  • Lymphoma
  • Respiratory infections
  • Eczema
  • Type 1 Diabetes

Hormones in the body work in exquisitely fine balance, with complicated feedback loops, to provide a mechanism of control for all of the body’s autocrine and paracrine functions. In a nut shell, soy messes up this balance. Don’t eat it. Tomorrow I am posting ways to avoid soy.

There are over 100 resources and studies to list for this article. If you would like the full list I will send it to you, just leave a comment. Here are a few to get you started:

Soy Alert

The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla T. Daniels

The Hidden Dangers of Soy by Dianne Gregg

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Burks AW, Williams LW et al. Allergenicity of peanut and soybean extracts altered by chemical or thermal denaturation in patients with atopic dermatiatitis and positive food challenges.J. Allergy Clin Immunol, 1992, 90 (6 pt 1), 889-897.

Sampson HA, McCaskill CM. Food hypersensitivity and atopic dermatitis: evaluation of 113 patients. J Ped. 1985, 107, 669. Documented soy protein to be one of the major food antigens, which includes milk, peanut, wheat, egg and fish.Foucard T, Malmheden-Yman I. A study on severe food reactions in Sweden – is soy protein an underestimated cause of food anaphylaxis.Allergy, 1999, 53, 3, 261-265.

Silva E, Rajapakse N, Kortenkamp A. Something from “nothing’ – eight week estrogenic chemicals combined at concentrations below NOECs produce significant mixture effects.Environ Sc Technol, 2002, 36, 8, 1751-1756.

Sheehan DM, Doerge DR. Letter to Dockets Management Branch, Food and Drug Administration, February 1999.

Whitten PL, Lewis C et al. Potential Adverse Effects of phytoestrogens.J Nutr, 2009, 125, 771S-776S.

Petrakis NL. Barnes S et al.Stimulatory influence of soy protein isolate on breast cancer secretion in pre-and postmenopausal women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 2006, 10, 785-794.


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