What makes the best protein powder? Is soy a healthy ingredient that you want in your protein powder?
In the US 91% of all soy products are genetically modified. The high percentage of soybean products available are made from roundup ready soybeans.
In addition to soy being genetically modified there are various other issues that come up. One of them is that soy contains hemagglutinin. Hemagglutinin is a clot promoting substance that makes your red blood cells clump together. When red blood cells are clumped together they become unable to distribute oxygen to your tissues. Without adequate oxygen in the brain, liver and other vital organs can be damaged very quickly.
Another issue with soy is that it contains “anti-nutrients.” These “anti-nutrients” may not be an issue in small doses but in the quantities that are being consumed in western society these days more and more people are finding themselves unable to properly digest proteins.
Soy also contains goitrogens. Goitrogens are an issue because they block the synthesis of the thyroid hormones.
“It is estimated that 200 million people in the world have some form of thyroid disease. In Canada there is a staggering number of people affected. Recent studies indicate that 1 in 10 Canadians suffer from a thyroid condition of one type or another! Of those, as many as 50% are undiagnosed!”
Lastly, soy also phytates. The big issue with phytates are that they bind to minerals and prevent your body from absorbing necessary minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc.
What about feeding soy to your baby? Each baby that received soy formula not only receives a high dose of aluminium and manganese (80 times higher than those who are breast feed), but this formula is the equivalent of giving your little one 5 birth control pills each day. The estrogen levels found in babies who are soy formula feed at 20,000 x over other formula feed babies.
If you are still wanting or needing to incorporate soy into your diet what would make is the best form of protein? Organic or naturally fermented soy products (such as tempeh, miso and potentially soy sauce provided it isn’t filled with a chemical cocktail) do have some health benefits provided that your thyroid is not already toxic.