Monday, March 21, 2011

Soy.... not as healthy as we think?

A friend responded to my post the other day about how Silk produces their soy milk in wind powered factories and she set me straight on the ins and outs of soy milk. No while I still agree that anything produced in a wind powered factory is something to be happy about, as it turns out the product being produced in this case may not be very GREEN at all.
As it turns out, "Soy contains goitrogens which can damage thyroid function and phytates which prevent the absorption of minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Soy has toxic levels of aluminum and manganese. In fact, soy baby formula has 80 times the amount of manganese as breast milk and can directly cause brain dysfunction. There is the hormonal equivalent of 4-5 birth control pills in a daily dose of soy formula, which can cause significantly premature puberty and other sexual abnormalities, and an increased risk of cancer. Nearly 20 percent of U.S. infants are fed soy formula, but the estrogens in soy can harm a baby’s sexual development and reproductive health. Infants fed soy formula have up to 20,000 times the amount of estrogen in their circulation than babies fed other formulas."
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She goes on to say that soy has been genetically modified to contain the toxic pesticide Roundup right in it's genes. To that I say eewwwww. So every bite of that tasty tofu is just full of pesticide. Another scary fact is that soy production uses hexane, "a petroleum-based solvent and known neurotoxin—to process soy ingredients found in many food products. Hexane is listed as a hazardous air pollutant with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) making this so called health food an environmental nightmare. Air pollutants are defined as airborne compounds “that cause or may cause cancer or other serious health effects, such as reproductive effects or birth defects, or adverse environmental and ecological effects”."
But wait that's not all folks.. that is just what soy beans do to you... wait until you hear what they do to the environment....
"Soybeans are also wrecking havoc across the rainforests with farmers clear cutting, hoping to cash in on the soy craze. In fact, 80% of the soy grown is for animal feed which is a tragic reason to destroy our oxygen supply considering no animal naturally eats legumes."
So there you go all my Green Mommies and Aspiring Green Mommies. I was wrong. Not about wind power, but about soy. Let's find some other wind powered factories to support because this Green Mommy has had her last sip of Silk.

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