You hear it everywhere… “Soy is a superfood” and “tofu is much better for you than meat.”
Of course, it’s all part of the food industry’s marketing plan to get people to eat cheap industrial fake “foods” and feed them to their families. Big Agra’s whole agenda is to sell food with the highest profit margin.
As a regular reader you already know the truth about soy… and that natural is better. There is no good substitute for animal fat and protein.
But they just keep pushing this nonsense.
Their latest claim is that soy builds strong bones… In a recent study, researchers fed rats either soybean meal or cornmeal. At the end of 30 weeks, the researchers were thrilled to see that the rats fed soybean meal had improved their bone strength compared to the cornmeal rats.1
I’m sure you can see the giant flaw in the study. They compared soy to corn — both of which are horrible for humans. Calling either one a health food is a hoax.
Although the food industry continues to push fake studies showing soy as a health food, the truth is something else…
A study from Yale compared calcium bioavailability in real women eating soy versus those eating meat. They showed that when soy protein is substituted for meat protein, there is a steep drop in the bioavailability of calcium.2
In other words, your body can’t use calcium. That’s a surefire way to sabotage your bones.
There are other reasons to avoid soy.
- Soy is loaded with “anti-nutrients” called phytates. They bind to metal ions and prevent your body from absorbing minerals, like calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc.
- It interferes with thyroid function. It’s a goitrogen, a substance that blocks your body from making thyroid hormones.
- Soy contains agglutinins that impact digestion by influencing the barrier function of your gut, allowing substances to pass through the lining of the digestive tract into the blood. This is a condition known as leaky gut syndrome.3
- These agglutinins also damage the health of your microbiome.4
But it gets even worse… Almost all soy is genetically modified by Big Agra to increase profits even higher. Pesticide companies developed soy GMOs by altering DNA in plants to make them resistant to pesticides. Now industrial farms can kill weeds by drenching soy with more and more deadly chemicals. In fact, GMO plant foods can contain 18 times the EPA’s safe limit for glyphosate, the active herbicide in Monsanto’s Roundup.5
We didn’t evolve to eat these industrial foods. The only time in human history that soy was eaten was when it was a last resort. And even then, the only way humans ate it was if it was fermented for long periods and turned into natto or miso.
Build Strong Bones Without Fake Foods
And you don’t need soy for strong bones. You can build titanium bones naturally. Here’s how…
- Get calcium from natural dairy. I come from a family of farmers, and milk was a staple. When I’d go to my grandma’s house, she’d pour me a glass right from the bucket… straight from the cow. I recommend all my patients stick with the real raw milk that comes from grass-fed cows. It’s full of the protein, fat, calcium and vitamin D you need to build strong bones. Today, you won’t find raw dairy in your local grocery store. It’s against the law in some states. To find out where you can buy real raw milk go to: www.realmilk.com/real-milk-finder/
- Increase your protein. Your bones are living, growing tissue. At the cellular level, “osteoclast” bone cells are constantly breaking down old, weak bone. At the same time, “osteoblast” cells are rebuilding new, strong bone. And they need plenty of protein for that new construction.
Beef, organ meats, fish, and eggs are your best sources of protein. If possible, eat grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish. Choose eggs from pastured chicken.
- Don’t forget the fat. Fats build strong bones by increasing calcium absorption from your gut. They also reduce the excretion of calcium in your urine. And they increase the amount of calcium that gets deposited in your bones. Healthy fats include omega-3s from fish and saturated fat in beef, pork, lamb, dairy, lard and poultry skin.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Hinton PS, et al. “Soy protein improves tibial whole-bone and tissue-level biomechanical properties in ovariectomized and ovary-intact, low-fit female rats.” Bone Rep. 2018;8:244-254.
2. Kerstetter JE, et al. “Meat and soy protein affect calcium homeostasis in healthy women.” J Nutr. 2006;136(7):1890-1895.
3. Zhao Y, et al. “Effects of soybean agglutinin on intestinal barrier permeability and tight junction protein expression in weaned piglets.” Int J Mol Sci. 2011;12(12):8502-8512.
4. Pan L, et al. “The influences of soybean agglutinin and functional oligosaccharides on the intestinal tract of monogastric animals.” Int J Mol Sci. 2018;19(2):554.
5. Mom’s Across America. Stunning corn comparison: GMO versus Non GMO. http:// www.momsacrossamerica.com/stunning_corn_comparison_gmo_versus_non_gmo March 15, 2013. Accessed September 10, 2018.