Why Not Soy Milk?

There are just too many problems with soy — including soy milk — to say that it’s OK (for men or women).

On the one hand, you’ve probably seen the reports (as we have) that say: “soy consumption has been associated with lower cardiovascular and breast cancer risks,” etc.

But more and more, it’s looking like that the benefits of soy are outweighed by the detriments of its active ingredients, estrogenic isoflavones.

By their name, you can probably guess that these are compounds in soy that have estrogen-like characteristics.

That fact alone should give you a hint that men should be wary before consuming soy.

Furthermore, a study from Harvard Medical School demonstrates that soy can cause men to experience hypogonadism (decreased sex gland production) and erectile dysfunction.

Surprisingly, the study centers around a young man, just 19 years old, who experienced a “sudden onset of loss of libido and erectile dysfunction after the ingestion of large quantities of soy-based products.

Blood tests confirmed that his testosterone level was indeed decreased as a result of soy he was eating.

After abandoning soy, it still took a full year for his testosterone levels to normalize.

Researchers said, “This case emphasizes the impact of isoflavones in the regulation of sex hormones and associated physical alterations.”

The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University echoes the lackluster findings regarding soy: “Results of numerous observational studies do not support the idea that high soy isoflavone intakes in adults are protective against breast cancer.”

If it’s protein you’re after, hemp seed is a much better and more digestible choice, and almond milk and oat milk  are much healthier (and better tasting) options than soy milk.

For more information on soy and why it’s not on The Hallelujah Diet, click here.

[quote]What kind of milk alternative do you buy (or make)?[/quote]

Comments

  1. I make almond milk with the Soyabella. One cup of soaked, rinsed almonds; one quart of water. Mix it up in the Soyabella and add 1/2 a dropper full of liquid stevia and a bit of salt – done!

  2. deskjockie August 18, 2012

    I think it’s important to note that the young man was eating ‘soy-based products’. Traditional soy products, such as edamame, tofu, miso, and tempeh, have been consumed for thousands of years and not shown to be harmful, and in research studies, have proven to be beneficial. It is the ‘soy-based products’ that utilize soy protein isolates that cause the problem. I would suspect that this young man was using a lot of soy-based protein powders, possibly to bulk up his muscles. There is a difference between using the more natural whole food, and the fractionated isolated compounds from the food. Again, staying as ‘whole’ as possible is the way to go. Soy beans are just that, beans. Non-GMO traditional soy products have not been shown to cause problems.

  3. cksocal August 18, 2012

    You need to remember this study is based on ONE person. To truly have any significant findings you need to have a large sampling. Also remember ANYTHING taken in large quantities can be harmful, healthy people know to eat a lot of different types of food to have a balance diet. I don’t doubt there may be some harm in soy milk, but lets get some large scale studies that point to this fact.

  4. If soy products are so bad how can you explain the relative health of the people of Asia? The’ve been eating it for 1000 years.

    • Celia McKoy July 12, 2013

      I think those persons were having unprocessed soy. The products we buy are still processed food – soy or not.

    • Soldier4777 July 13, 2013

      It is common for people to say that Asians have been consuming soy for thousands of years, that is a myth sold to the American people by the farming industry. But it’s not quite true. You see, in Asian countries, soy is traditionally consumed in it’s fermented state and raw soy beans are eaten in moderation.

      In America however, soy is in almost every processed food imaginable because it is very cheap & easy to harvest. I encourage you to dig deeper, research the facts before drawing a conclusion.

  5. julla July 6, 2013

    This article is unscientific and loaded with misleading half-truths.

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