Growing up, we were always told that drinking milk is a healthy and necessary part of our diet. We learned that milk is a major source of calcium that contributes to our growth and to healthy bones and teeth. It is also an essential part of the staple breakfast that many of us grew up eating: cereal.
As we know, cow's milk is not the only option. Goat's milk, almond milk, and soy milk are all popular alternatives to cow's milk. Some establishments offer soy milk as an optional replacement in their drinks, so that those who are lactose intolerant or want a lower calorie alternative can still enjoy their beverages. However, experts are now warning the public about the potential dangers of consuming soy milk.
What Ingredients Are In Soy Milk?
Whenever you buy food items, you should always check the list of ingredients to know exactly what you are putting in your body. According to Living Traditionally, the typical soy milk will contain the following ingredients:
- Natural flavor
- Soy milk (filtered water, whole soybeans)
- Calcium carbonate
- Vitamin A palmitate
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D2
- Cane sugar
- Sea salt
- Riboflavin (B2)
Soy milk is reportedly healthy and full of nutrients, so it seems a little questionable that they would need to add so many vitamin supplements to it.
Reasons Why You Should Stop Drinking Soy Milk
99% of soybeans are genetically modified organisms (GMO). They also rank the highest for pesticide contamination.
Hemagglutinin (HA) is a type of substance that is naturally found in soybeans. It can cause red blood cells to agglutinate, or clot. This increases the risk of aneurysms.
Soybeans contain plant estrogens, called phytoestrogens. These have been shown to interfere with endocrine function and can increase the risk of developing breast cancer or infertility.
Soy products are high in aluminum, which can adversely affect your kidneys and nervous system. There may also be correlations between soy consumption and Alzheimer's disease.
Soybeans contain a high amount of natural toxins, including antinutrients. Consuming just two glasses of soy milk per day can significantly impact a woman's menstrual cycle.
Soy proteins are fragile, and exposure to high temperatures - which is required to create soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein - can potentially cause these proteins to become carcinogenic or dangerous for consumption.
Regular soy consumption has been linked to an increase in the body's needs for vitamin B12 and vitamin D.
Toxic isoflavones can be found in soy. These can exacerbate the development of breast cancer in women who already have the disease.
High levels of phytic acid can be found in soy products, which can hinder the absorption of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc in the body.
According to a study funded by the American Diabetes Association, there is a correlation between food-grade carrageenan, glucose intolerance, and insulant resistance. While the study subjects were mice, this could become a problem for humans as well. Be sure to take these facts into consideration the next time you or your family pick up a carton of soy milk at the grocery store.
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