Even though soy is widely consumed throughout the world, especially in the Asian culture, and it does offer certain health benefits, it has been under the spotlight for many years because of its darker side.
Yes, soy has a pretty dark side and is defiantly a no no in the Paleo world. It negatively affects your health, so you should really explore it before you continue including soy in your diet. Take a look at the ingredients it contains that are very harmful to your health, so that you can better understand the risks.
The compounds called antinutrients greatly interfere with nutrient absorption and they are not so harmful when consumed in small amounts, but soy contains large amounts of those natural toxins. They block the enzymes that you need in order to digest protein, such as trypsin, without which your body can experience many problems regarding digestion and you may also develop pancreas problems.
- Hem agglutinin
Soy contains hem agglutinin, which is a substance that causes your red blood cells to agglutinate, that is, clump together. As a result, your red blood cells are prevented from absorbing and distributing oxygen to your tissues properly, which ultimately creates blood clots.
Phytates, or phytic acid, interfere with the absorption of particular minerals that are essential for your body’s biochemistry, such as iron, calcium, copper, magnesium and zinc, and soy is very high in phytates.
Goitrogens are substances that can harm your thyroid gland by negatively affecting iodine uptake and, thus, preventing the production of thyroid hormones. This can lead to your thyroid tissue growing, which can lead to thyroid goiter, that is, the enlargement of the thyroid gland that causes the swelling of the neck.
Soy contains a very large amount of aluminium, because soybeans are processed in aluminium tanks by acid washing, which leaves the soybeans with very high, not to mention toxic, aluminium levels.
Soy contains very toxic compounds called isoflavones, which are a type of phytoestrogens (plant-based oestrogens) that mimic and often block oestrogen hormones. They can also negatively affect the function of endocrine glands and they may even cause infertility and breast cancer.
What Is the Best Alternative for Soy Sauce?
One of the best substitutes for soy sauce is coconut aminos, which are fermented from coconut sap and salt. They are gluten-free, fully organic and contain 17 amino acids, as well as about 65% less sodium than soy sauce contains. Coconut aminos can provide you with many health benefits, including a reduced risk of diabetes, heart health promotion, cholesterol regulation, a reduced risk of colon cancer, weight loss, the strengthening of the immune system and mental health promotion.
Coconut aminos taste a lot like soy sauce, expect they are not as salty and have a kind of deeper flavor. You can use them in various cooked foods and as salad dressings, but make sure you use organic and unrefined paleo oils, such as coconut oil, olive oil, macadamia nut oil, almond oil, walnut oil, avocado seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, and many others. Each and every one of those oils are great for both cooked meals and salads, so you can use them in whichever way you would like.
Should you stop consuming soy completely? Based on these facts, which may have made soy a bit (or a lot) scary for you, you should perhaps avoid it entirely. However, the fact remains that soy can provide you with the necessary proteins if you decide to cut back on meat, but the key is definitely in moderation. Therefore, there are two sides of the coin regarding soy consumption and the ultimate decision of avoiding it or not is completely up to you.