EWF Saint Lucia

HEALTH TIP: Soybeans are frequently touted as a “miracle food” that can prevent cancer and the ideal substitute for meat. But is soy really the “Magic Bean”? My answer is a resounding “NO”… First of all, over 91% of the soybeans in the USA are GMO (genetically modified). A recent study from France proved that GMO foods cause cancer, premature death, and sterility. Ever heard of “Roundup Ready” soy? Roundup is the world’s most popular herbicide and is omnipresent in the food chain of animals and humans. Roundup contains “glyphosate” and said to be “safe” for humans (even though it kills plants). "Roundup Ready" soy beans are genetically modified to survive otherwise lethal doses of glyphosate. French researchers examined the toxicity of glyphosate on human placental cells, kidney cells, embryonic cells and neonate umbilical cord cells. Guess what… they found TOTAL cell death of each of these cells within 24 hours!! In an interview at the European Parliament, Professor Andrés Carrasco (Argentine government scientist) reported that childhood cancer increased by 300% and babies with birth defects by 400% during the past decade in parts of Argentina, where GMO Roundup Ready soy is grown to supply European farmers with cheap GM animal feed. He also noted that Argentinian children were consuming so much GMO soy that they began developing breasts from the estrogenic effects. His studies show glyphosate exposure can cause defects in the brain, intestines, and hearts of fetuses. Moreover, the amount of Roundup used on GMO soy fields was as much as 1,500 times greater than that which created the defects! But some folks believe that organic “non-GMO” soy is OK to consume. I tend to disagree, based on the following: 1) Soy contains phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) with built in insecticides. Phytoestrogens can mimic the effects of estrogen and have been found to have adverse effects on various human tissues. Drinking even two glasses of soy milk daily for one month has enough estrogen to alter a woman’s menstrual cycle. 2) Soy contains trypsin inhibitors which interfere with protein digestion and cause pancreatic disorders. As a matter of fact, raw soy flour is known to cause pancreatic cancer in rats. 3) Soy disrupts mineral absorption by your bones. 4) Soy contains hemagglutinin, which causes red blood cells to clump together and inhibits oxygen uptake, potentially causing blood clots. And while we’re on the subject of soy, I think soy formula for infants is one of the most ludicrous products on the market. Soy formula is NOT SUITABLE as a milk substitute, because, among other reasons, soy milk does not contain cholesterol and infants need cholesterol, especially for the development of the brain and nervous system. And infants who are fed soy formula exclusively receive five birth control pills worth of estrogen every day! Is it any wonder that some girls are hitting puberty at 7-8 years old? Lastly, the aluminum content of soy formula is 10 times greater than milk based formula and 100 times greater than unprocessed milk. Aluminum has a toxic effect on the kidneys of infants, and has been implicated as cause in Alzheimer’s in adults. There are some redeeming qualities to soy, however these are found primarily in fermented soy products like tempeh, soy sauce, miso and natto, and soybean sprouts. If you want to get some health benefits from soy, stick to ORGANIC (non-GMO) versions of these four forms and pass up the processed soy milks, soy “burgers”, soy “ice cream”, soy “cheese”, and the myriad of other soy JUNK foods that are so readily disguised as HEALTH foods. And if you want a good alternative to soy milk, try almond milk or coconut milk.