To Soy or Not to Soy

This helpful information was compiled by:
Dr. Stephen Chaney, PhD Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UNC School of Medicine
Dr. Chaney earned a BS in Chemistry from Duke University and a PhD in Biochemistry from UCLA.
He runs an active cancer research program at UNC and has published over 100 scientific articles and
reviews in peer-reviewed scientific journals.http://www.unc.edu/chaney_lab/

Soy Quality Control Checklist

Do not purchase soy powders and expect them to produce positive health results UNLESS you know that the following “ESSENTIAL SEVEN”
quality controls have been met by the manufacturer:
1.___ The beans must be organically grown

2.___ The beans must NOT be genetically engineered

3.___ Each batch must be checked to confirm that it contains the 9 essential amino acids

4.___ During the soy isolate manufacturing process, the crushed soy flakes must be water washed (not alcohol washed)

5.___ The anti-thyroid/anti-growth substance MUST be removed.

6.___ The process must be without high heat in order not to denature the amino acids.

7.___ The soy isolate must have calcium added (when the oil is removed it becomes an acidic food – when calcium is added it makes it neutral again).

Soy is readily found as an ingredient in most processed food Hydrolyzed soy protein, a chemically processed soy, is a common form found in food products and personal care products. In addition, as of 2011, 94% of the soy produced in the U.S. had been genetically modified and will cause the body to respond negatively.
All processed foods contain GMO soy, unless otherwise stated. These heavily processed and genetically modified soy products can produce harmful effects and/or soy allergies or sensitivities—especially in children.

Very few people are actually allergic to soy. They most likely develop a soy sensitivity or allergy largely due to the way it was processed. Most do very well when they consume Shaklee’s soy products.
Shaklee, the #1 Natural Nutrition Company in the U.S., was the first company in the world to provide a naturally processed, non-GMO plant protein (soy) isolate.

If you or your child are currently experiencing soy allergy/sensitivity symptoms, please note:
As Shaklee soy is introduced into the system, some children/adults find that the addition of Optiflora, Shaklee’s patented prebiotic/probiotic system and/or EzGest, Shaklee’s helpful digestive enzymes aid in healing the digestive system. Healing the gut is well worth the time and energy, as many of today’s ‘lifestyle’ diseases (including autoimmune disease) stem from a damaged digestive system. Any food ‘allergy’ is a direct immune response. Digestive health is vital to optimum immune response.

Additional Information on the 7 quality control standards and more:
• Were the soybeans ORGANICALLY GROWN?
Studies have shown decreased levels of food nutrients and increased levels of nitrates in chemically fertilized crops, when compared with their organic counterparts. There is a connection between the ingestion of nitrates and cancer.
Therefore, it is important to know that pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides have not been used during the growing process. In particular, with soybeans, since they are such a hardy plant, a powerful and DEADLY weed spray called Round-up is usually used. For your safety, you must know that your soy products are organically grown.

• Were the soy beans GENETICALLY ENGINEERED? (THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT)
Genetically engineered soybeans are much cheaper to purchase, and most companies producing soy products look for ways to save money. However, genetically engineered soybeans are altered, and do not provide the desired medicinal benefits to the human body in harmony with Nature and GMO soy may be the reason people experience soy allergies/sensitivities. This is especially true for children.

• Does your soybean powder contain ALL of the nine essential amino acids?
One of the most valuable features of the soybean is that it is a complete protein and provides ALL nine of the essential amino acids. The body requires these daily to produce hormones, digestive juices, antibodies, and enzymes. HOWEVER, not all soybeans are created equal. Quality and amino acid content will vary based on soil conditions and variable growing and harvest conditions. If one essential amino acid is missing, the immune system can be depressed 30%, and many important body functions are delayed or stopped. Therefore, it is essential that each batch of soybeans be checked for amino acid content if we want to depend on the soy isolate to provide a GUARANTEED supply of the nine essential amino acids.

• Were the crushed soy flakes washed in alcohol or water?
Alcohol washing destroys isoflavone content up to 88%. It is the isoflavones that reduce the risk of breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancer! As well, it is the isoflavones that are so beneficial in hormone balancing and increasing bone mass.

• Was the “anti-thyroid”/ “anti-growth” substance in the raw soy removed?
Asians have consumed large amounts of soy for years, have known that RAW soy contains an
“anti-growth” / “anti-tyrosine” substance. Tyrosine deficiency will cause low blood pressure, low body temperature, and restless leg syndrome. Therefore, in the Asian culture, soy foods are always lightly cooked to deactivate the “anti-tyrosine/anti-growth” substance. Shaklee designed an extracting process that removes this substance, yet keeps the soy in a raw form in order to maintain the HIGHEST LEVEL OF AMINO ACIDS and ISOFLAVONES (which are very sensitive to heat).

• Is your soybean food RAW or heated?
Amino acids are very sensitive to heat. In some studies, cooking protein has been shown to destroy up to 50% of some ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS. If an individual consistently consumes a diet that is lacking in any of the essential amino acids, inadequate brain development and hormones, or other body tissue development can be the result.

• Has CALCIUM been added to your soy powder?
Some negative reports about soy say that soy powders are VERY ACIDIC and cause bone loss because it causes calcium to be drawn from the bones!!!! The raw soy bean is a NEUTRAL food therefore it is neither acidic nor alkaline. However, the removal of the soybean oil (which is essential so the soy powder will not go rancid very quickly), makes the powder very acidic. Therefore, adequate calcium (which is very alkaline) must be added to cause the powder to be neutral again, or it can cause the above stated problem. Many protein powder manufacturers do not add any or enough calcium.

• Do soybeans cause cancer?
It is true that “overcooked” soy does contain “carcinogenic” compounds. When soy is extruded through high temperature, high pressure steam nozzles to form what is called “textured vegetable protein – TVP for short”, this form of processing renders the soy “meat substitute” carcinogenic or cancer-causing. TVP is what is used in soy dogs and soy burgers, and should be avoided.

• What about roasted soybeans?
Whole soybeans are high in plant fat. If soybeans are roasted to eat as soy nuts, the heat alters the fat and makes it a trans-fatty acid, which causes both cancer and heart disease. As roasted soy nuts sit on the shelf or in the cupboard in storage, the oils are becoming more and more rancid and carcinogenic. AVOID roasted soy beans.

• But I have breast cancer, and I’ve been told I cannot have soy!
It is true that soy is a “phyto-estrogen” food, which means it contains substances that have hormone-like components. However, soy’s phytoestrogen strength is 1/1000th that of the body’s own stronger estrogens. Therefore, you want to load your digestive system with quality controlled raw soy isolate powder, because these weaker estrogens will block the estrogen receptor sites from receiving your body’s own stronger estrogens and therefore be very protective against estrogen fed cancer.
There are hundreds of clinical studies to prove that not only is soy safe, but it is also very beneficial.

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