Some people think they are fine, while others believe that their high levels of phyto-estrogens cause hormonal and reproductive problems.
My take on it is that soy products are okay to consume but they need to be fermented – tofu and miso, being two examples – and I only eat small amounts of them. Soy milk is not fermented and is something that I completely avoid, even if it is organic.
One issue that is indisputable is that genetically-modified soy presents very, very serious health risks.
And given that 91% of the soy produced in the U.S. is genetically-modified, it is something that everyone needs to be aware of.
Here are the frightening facts about genetically-modified soy.
1) According to Russian researchers at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Association for Gene Security, hamsters that were fed very high GM-soy diets for two years over three generations produced horrifying results.
By the third generation, most of the hamsters lost the ability to have babies, showed slower growth, and suffered a high mortality rate among the pups.
Furthermore, some in the third generation even had hair growing inside of their mouths!!!
2) In 2005, Irina Ermakova of the Russian National Academy of Sciences reported that more than half the babies from mother rats fed GM-soy died within three weeks.
Even more shocking was when Ermakova fed male rats genetically-modified soy, their testicles changed from the normal pink to dark blue!
3) According to researchers at York University in England, soon after genetically-modified soy was introduced into that country, soy allergies skyrocketed 50%.
4) The Weston A. Price Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the State of Illinois on behalf of prisoners who suffered serious health complications by being fed excessive amounts of soy products. In 2004, the state of Illinois began using large amounts of soy in prison menus in order to save money and use less meat.
The lawsuit claims that the soy being fed to the plaintiffs, in the amounts being fed to them, constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the eighth amendment to the Constitution, as well as a denial of plaintiffs’ liberty in violation of their due process rights under the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution.
The prisoners’ health complaints include chronic and painful constipation alternating with debilitating diarrhea, vomiting after eating, sharp pains in the digestive tract, especially after consuming soy, passing out, heart palpitations, rashes, acne, insomnia, panic attacks, depression and symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as low body temperature (feeling cold all the time), brain fog, fatigue, weight gain, frequent infections and thyroid disease.
Even though we do not know for certain whether the soy being fed to these inmates was genetically-modified or not, I cannot imagine that a prison is going to feed them organic soy, especially when they are trying to save money.
Just remember that approximately 75-80% of the food on supermarket shelves is genetically-modified, and conventional food companies put soy into more products than you can imagine.
If you’re going to eat any soy product, please make sure that it is certified organic.