These are the ingredients in soy milk:
- Soy milk (filtered water, whole soybeans);
- Cane sugar;
- Sea salt;
- Natural flavor;
- Vitamin B12;
- Vitamin D2;
- Vitamin A palmatite;
- Calcium carbonate.
Most of them may sound familiar to you and do not seem so bad, but the most unfamiliar one is carrageenan. This is a linear sulfated polysaccharide which is extracted from red edible seaweeds. It is used in the food industry for its gelling, stabilizing, and thickening properties. Our bodies are not able to digest it and there is no nutritional value as well. Although it derives from a natural source it destructively affects the immune system, triggering a negative immune response which causes inflammation. Researchers connected this ingredient to a higher rate of colon cancer along with gastrointestinal inflammation which causes IBS, spastic colon, chronic diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Being informed is the best way for you to make a decision which benefits your health. Soy milk has been the main controversy topic during the past years, however, there is a significant amount of evidence which proves that it can affect the body.
These are 10 reasons why you should avoid soy milk:
- There are large quantities of toxins in soybeans which affect estrogen levels and if you drink 2 glasses of soy milk on daily basis our hormones will significantly alter, disrupting the menstrual cycle;
- In order to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein, fragile soybeans are exposed to high temperatures during processing, making them dangerous for our health;
- They also contain haemagglutinin which is a clot-promoting substance that is causing the red blood cells to clump together;
- Soy has toxic isoflavones named daidzein and genistein which can stimulate the growth of existing breast cancer;
- During the spray-drying process, nitrates (potent carcinogens) are being formed;
- The high levels of goitrogens can block the thyroid hormone production;
- 99% of the soy is modified genetically, meaning that they have the highest pesticide contamination levels;
- The phytoestrogens in soy disrupt the endocrine function, leading to infertility and breast cancer in women;
- There are high levels of phytic acid in soy products and soybeans that inhibit the assimilation of calcium, zinc, copper, magnesium, and iron
- The high levels of aluminum in soy foods are toxic for the body which negatively affects the nervous system and the kidneys, and has also been connected to Alzheimer’s.