What exactly is soy milk and is it really good for you?
Pervasively popular, soy milk is made by soaking dry soybeans in water. The milk “white” color and pleasantly surprising non-bean-like taste is certainly not natural — nor necessarily organic.
According to TLC.com “Soy is one of the more heavily modified crops (and one of the most useful for additives) and chances are in the United States that if the label says you’re eating soy, you’re eating genetically modified material.” (source)
Silk Brand Soy Milk
Popular soy milk brand, Silk, used to be owned by White Wave, an independent company and a pioneer in the organic industry, but according to the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), “the Silk brand is owned by Dean Foods and the brand is mostly conventional, not organic.” OCA states on their website “Dean Foods is an $11 billion agri-business giant and the largest milk processor in the United States. [Dean Foods] owns over 50 milk labels around the country, including Horizon Organic, a brand that heavily depends on factory farms each milking thousands of cows.” OCA alleges that Dean Foods would not work with domestic farmers and their organic soybeans, “unless they could match the cheaper price of imported Chinese soybeans.” The Dean Foods website states that “Silk is conducting a Responsible Purchasing Survey among our soybean farmers and suppliers… to create a baseline snapshot of our current practices…” Nothing definitive here.
Incidentally, according to the FoodConsumer.org website, “in order to be considered “organic,” only 70% of a product actually must fit that definition in order to be advertised as such.” Regardless, the whole processing of soy, organic or not is undeniably disturbing; Cornucopia and Natural News revealed that soy products, organic or natural, “are bathed in hexane, a gasoline by-product that is particularly volatile.” Claims of “High levels of phytic acid, trypsin inhibitors, toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines are all present in soy products” with no legislation to protect consumers from soy toxins in raw soy products.
According to SoyOnline, a website run by Golder Associates, an employee-owned company that claims to have international expertise in ground engineering, earth and environmental services “Infants exclusively fed soy-based formula have 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen compounds in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula, the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day.”
Soy is a plant based estrogen and infants consuming soy formula have been likened to consuming four birth control pills a day. “Soy is higher in phytoestrogens [plant based estrogens] than just about any other food source,” advises Food Renegade, a natural food advocacy website. “a leading cause of breast cancer… and low libido is unopposed estrogen, or estrogen dominance,” the author states. SoyQuick.com, a website that promotes healthy living using soy seems to want to mitigate this claim, stating that “Certainly we don’t see these effects in cultures where daily consumption of soy is common.” Perhaps, but this applies to whole soy foods, a term SoyQuick.com validates, and conventional Western soy products, specifically soy milk, is highly processed and cannot be truly considered a whole soy food.
Soy and Sperm Count
According to research presented at a Harvard School of Public Health 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, “Estrogen-like compounds in soy foods can lower sperm count,” expressing warnings that “Men who eat soy foods and drink soy milk are less likely to father children and more likely to experience loss of libido.”
And for all the child-free vegans out there? If you think eating a soy burger is real food, read CHow’s descriptive take, “How Fake Meat is Made. Where’s the soy?”
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