The Hidden Dangers of Soymilk

by Dianne Gregg on September 8, 2009 · 3 comments

By Dianne Gregg

There’s no such thing as soymilk. It’s soy juice.”

 – Lewis Black

Many people think of soymilk as a healthy milk substitute but the reality is that soymilk can be bad for you. The fact is that many people can’t digest it and it can cause cramping, nausea, and more serious health problems.

Are you are experiencing these symptoms and never considered that it could be related to drinking soymilk?

The soy Industry claims that in Indonesia and China – where soy is a dietary staple – soy consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases. What the industry does not tell you is that in those countries they use a traditional method of preparation known as fermentation.

This process is thousands of years old, and destroys the toxins found in unprocessed soy. Tempeh , miso  and natto , are fermented products and are all safe. Since the tofu in Asia comes from the pressed “curds” of the soybean, all the toxins are removed.

Soybeans naturally contain toxins meant to ward off insect predators and was initially used in Asia to add a layer of protection to the soil.  However, the way soymilk is processed in the United States, the toxics are not removed.

Here is the Western industrial process of making most soymilk:

They wash the beans in alkaline or boil them in a petroleum-based solvent; bleaching, deodorizing, and pumping them full of additives; heat-blasting and crushing them into flakes; and then mixing them with water to make “milk.”

Does this sound healthy to you?

They are adding more dangerous chemicals without removing any of the toxins. It’s a quick cheap process, and costs more than milk.

Because of this, the effects of Soymilk can include:

  • Anti-nutrients that prevent your body from absorbing essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc that could lead to osteoporosis.
  • Enzyme inhibitors make it harder for your body to absorb protein.
  • Hemagglutinin  a substance that can promote blood clots.
  • Goitrogens  can cause gout and thyroid problems.

For those that are lactose intolerant, try Goat, Rice or Almond Milk instead.

About the Author: After developing a severe allergy to soy that nearly killed her, Dianne Gregg learned the truth behind this supposed health food. She is the author of The Hidden Dangers of Soy, a book written to educate others on the negative health impacts of soy. Dianne has appeared on numerous radio shows and has also been seen on CBS4 (Miami). To learn more, and to claim your free chapter of her book, click HERE to visit her website.

[Editor’s Comments: My wife recently discovered she is allergic to dairy products. She does seem to tolerate cultured foods (yogurt and cottage cheese) much better than regular milk and cheese, but still limits these items in her diet.

While investigating alternatives to cow’s milk, we ran across the information published by Dianne and quickly decided against any soy or soymilk products.

She decided to try almond milk….and she loves it. It has a rich, delicious flavor with a hint of almonds that she enjoys with her cereal, protein shakes, etc. It has a smooth, creamy texture…slightly thicker than regular milk.

If you’re planning to substitute almond milk for regular milk (or soymilk), here are a few helpful tips from my wife:

  1. Buy the refrigerated variety…it tastes much better than the kind you store on the shelf at room temperature.
  2. Buy only the plain/original flavor. The flavored almond milk (vanilla and chocolate being the most common) are higher in calories and added sugars.
  3. Almond milk has fewer calories (60 vs. 120) and protein (1g vs. 8g) than 2% cow’s milk so you may need to add some protein powder if you really watch the ratios of protein/carbs/fats in your diet.

Do you currently drink soymilk? Leave us a Comment and let us know what you think about today’s article.

Also, to get immediate access to an audio interview I did with Dianne where we discussed the hidden dangers of soy, just enter your name and e-mail address into the form below. If you are ALREADY a subscriber to The Healthy Minute, no need to enter your information again…you will already receive automatic access to the interview via e-mail.

In the interview, you will discover:

  • The best sources for researching articles and studies on soy.
  • Some of the surprising negative impacts soy can have on children and adults.
  • The most common symptoms indicating you may have a soy intolerance.
  • The ONLY types of soy you should be consuming.
  • What types of foods contain “hidden soy” and what ingredients you should look for on food labels.
  • Some of the most serious side effects that can result from consuming soy.
  • How to find out if you’re allergic to soy.

This is a great call for anyone who still thinks soy is a health food!

Required Legal Disclaimer: Some of the links mentioned within this post or posts they lead to are my affiliate links and I get compensated for recommending those products. However, I NEVER recommend something I don’t believe in and welcome your questions and feedback.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 John September 8, 2009 at 9:45 pm

My daughter used it while working at a private school in California and became ill. She stopped using it and the problems subsided.

2 Melanie September 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I am a big fan of coconut milk. The calories are a little higher and has more fat but there is less sugar, less carbohydrates, and less sodium. The protein is the same as almond milk, so I add egg white protein powder to my milk, not whey protein as it does contain cow’s milk. Also the vitamin content is higher than in 2% or 1% cow’s milk too.

3 Michele September 10, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Thank you for posting this article. I was drinking soy because I can’t drink milk. I thought like the article says that it was healthier for you. Good to know that it is not. I tried the almond milk and it is so much better than soy milk anyway. I didn’t like the fact that soy milk overpowered my cereal. Almond milk enhances the flavor. I am so glad to make the switch. I totally agree with Pete’s wife, the non refrigerated milks are not that great.

Switch to almond milk.

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