Monday, 18 June 2012

There are HORMONES in Soy Milk! *GASP*

Seriously, people? THAT is your big excuse for why Soy products are "bad" for you?

I don't buy it. I mean, yes I KNOW that there are hormones in soy. Everybody knows that by now, it's common knowledge. But wait a minute, what is the alternative there that you are consuming? Cows milk, ohh. Hmm lets take a closer look, shall we?

The hormones in soy that we are "concerned" about are phytoestrogens. Other food containing phytoestrogens are apples, grains, potatoes, and beans. These phytoestrogens also lower cholesterol. Compared to the body's own estrogen, phytoestrogens are very weak and thus make a very weak to no impact. Currently there is no sound evidence that soy milk is actually harmful. It is possible to have an intolerance to soy, because lets face it: Soy is not a "natural" thing for humans to consume. At least not in the processed way that most soy products are made. It is okay to eat edame, the young soy beans in the pods. You do have to watch for phytates though, which is also found in beans, nuts and grains and can interfere with the absorption of calcium. I have heard of cases where soy is blamed for hormonal imbalances in men and in children, but in these cases I fail to see where other sources have been explored. Personally, do what you want, but if you do not explore all sides and all options then you can not say you have made an informed decision, or informed diagnosis.

"Bovine somatotropin (bST) is a hormone that occurs naturally in bovines; it regulates growth and lactation. BST has no effect on humans.1 Recombinant bST (rbST) is a commercially produced version of the natural hormone and it can increase milk production by 10% to 15%.2 But it may also increase the risk of mastitis and infertility and cause lameness in cows,3 which is why Health Canada has not approved it.4 It is important to note that rbST has not been shown to have a negative effect on human health4 and its use is permitted in other countries (such as the United States), where it is considered safe."

Cow's milk, organic or not, has 59 active hormones, cholesterol, allergens and fat. Dairy has known connections to cancer. Added hormones, pesticides, diseases, e-coli, and more. That milk was made for a BABY COW to grow from 70 lbs to 1500 lbs in a matter of months, up to two years. After the age of around six, we no longer produce the enzymes needed to break down the milk of any species, and almost all humans are dairy "intolerant!"

There is a lot of suffering and pain that goes into producing milk. It is not good for us. It can cause disease, cancer and all allergies are in some way caused (or contributed to) by dairy. Before cows became domesticated, how would you get their milk? I'm sorry but you were weaned from your Mamma a long time ago, and that milk is for a calf that needs it more than you do. If this post seems a little bit scattered, well it is. Such is a busy life with children and daily stresses, so maybe tonight isn't the time to do this post. But it's been a long time coming.

I'm tired of people telling me that soy milk is bad for you. We don't use it often, that is true. Yes, it has hormones. Yes, a lot of it is GMO. Sure, it likely has some pesticides as well. But in comparison? I would take soy over the milk that was meant to nourish somebody elses baby any day. I prefer soy hormones to hormones from a cows breastmilk, and minimal pesticides to an overdose of antibiotics. I choose compassion over cancer, and peace of mind over death and disease.

Here are a few links you can look at yourself:

The Truth About Diary...

Cows are living, feeling, emotional, beings:

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