Soy That Kills? The Truth About A Crazy Article
A delirious article on soybean “poison” was shared more than 10,000 times.Herve Berbille, an agri-food engineer specializing in this legume, dismisses a litany of lies.
An article on soybeans published by the site (doubtful) “Health-nutrition.org” has sowed panic among Internet users. This article, written by a certain Claude Traks, proceeds by a series of alarmist statements, presenting this food as a poison hardly less mortal than strychnine. So we asked Hervé Berbille to compare the statements of Claude Traks and “Santé-nutrition.org” with the scientific data. All or almost all are false. Evidence to support it.
“It (soy) will be one of the biggest scandals to come! “
False. Knowing that soya is consumed (without major inconvenience …) for more than 9000 years , it was indeed high time that Claude Traks denounced this scandal which lasted too long. Until repentant humanity renounces soya once and for all, it is clear that soya kills no more than ridicule.
For the record, in France, the only tofu (“taufoe”), which is not supposed to be traditionally consumed in the Far East, since unfermented, is however reported in China as early as 1665.
In this respect I can not but advise all those who are agitated in the jar who take this indigenous propaganda to read this published work of my friend William Shurtleff, unanimously recognized as the best specialist in the history of soya.
“The fermentation makes this poison inoffensive.” On the other hand, tofu, raw soya and soy milk are real poisons. “
Wrong . Soya does not contain any poison, Claude Traks cites none, and for good reason. If one wanted to push the counter-demonstration a little far, one could say that it is the prolonged fermentation (it would be more appropriate in this respect to speak of “putrefaction” …) that undergo certain foods based on soy (Miso, shoyu), but not tempeh (not tempeh), which generates less desirable compounds, such as 3-MCPD and ethyl carbamate . Ethyl carbamate is also found in other fermented foods (alcoholic beverages).
Non-fermented soy foods, raw soybeans, “disconcert the people” who consume them
But who would have the idea of consuming grains of wheat, lentils, white beans, chickpeas, raw, without hydration and prior cooking? Is it not necessary that you yourself be quite “unhappy” in order to have such absurd ideas?
“… soya contains a poison to simply exterminate slowly the species that eat it”
Wrong . It must be believed that the mysterious poison contained in the soybean acts slowly, very slowly, since soy is consumed without disadvantage for more than 9000 years. From this we can safely consume soybeans, at least for 9000 years …
Surprisingly, Claude Traks does not mention the name of this mysterious poison which, moreover, shows a stunning precision when, for example, weigh the weight of religious teachings: ” So I say 99.9999% Shamanic (sic) and new-age spiritual teachings are there to keep souls in prison and teach beliefs, logics and lifestyles that are practically the exact opposite of the Divine worlds . Amen, and do not ask me the deep meaning of this dazzling thought …
“The Food and Drug Administration has never agreed to give soybeans” GRAS “(Generally Recognized As Safe) danger). “
Wrong . And good exercise of disinformation! To begin with, the FDA is not a ” ministry of food ” but a health agency, the equivalent of ANSES and ANSM in France, but at this stage of reading, We’re no longer close by …
Furthermore, the GRAS status does not concern foods, but additives, substances added to food. It is therefore normal that the FDA did not have to grant GRAS status to soybeans, as it did not have to grant it to wheat, sardines, or tomatoes!
Then the so-called isoflavones (“phyto-estrogens”) extracted from soybeans have obtained the mention GRAS, as everyone will be able to convince themselves easily by checking directly on the site of the FDA .
In fact, those who present soy as a poison argue that soy protein has not formally received FDA GRAS status: implied, these proteins are potentially dangerous. But they carefully avoid reporting the agency’s position on this issue. It reads : ” Although soy protein is not listed in GRAS (…), the FDA notes that this list does not include all substances known to be safe … It is not possible for the FDA to list all substances that are fatty. (…) Although the FDA did not formally rule on the GRAS status of the ingredients of the soy protein, it did not object Claims that the use of soybeans in the form of a dietary protein is GRAS. Food ingredients generally recognized as safe by qualified experts do not need to be approved by the FDA .
The FDA therefore recognizes that soy protein is not a problem for the population and therefore does not need to be submitted to the GRAS approval process.
Better yet, in 1999, the FDA granted a health claim to soy proteins , officially recognizing their ability to reduce coronary risk (at 25 g / d).
And there’s no point in squealing after the ” American soybean lobby ” since other countries before the United States have also granted this allegation, including Japan (“FOSHU claim”), Malaysia, In the United Kingdom .
” The fact that soy is a good source of protein is simply untrue because it contains trypsin inhibitors that hinder the proper digestion of proteins and fatigue the pancreas”
Ah really ? As early as 1907, for example, the Bulletin of Pharmacological Sciences stated that ” All these foods derived from Soya are, according to the Japanese, very assimilable, especially with regard to nitrogen (proteins, Editor’s Note); (…) all Asians and all those who are familiar with the foods generally used by them, are they of the opinion that the preparations of Soya are a very advantageous food and that the protein materials exist there in a very assimilable form . (Bloch, Armand, Soy, Bulletin of Pharmacological Sciences, Volume 14, 1907, pages 603-604).
Nearly a century later, this opinion is still shared by the FAO experts, who consider, I quote, that ” soy protein has a high real digestibility “. (Evaluation of the quality of proteins, FAO Report, 1993, page 32).
In this respect, the case of soy-based infant formulas is very instructive. It should be noted that in soy-based infant formulas, protein intakes rely exclusively on soy protein. Knowing that soy-based infant formulas are sometimes used in exclusive diets up to the age of 3 years, can one imagine that an infant could simply survive over such a long period if soy protein was not Digestible?
I would point out that all the studies that have evaluated soy-based infant formulas indicate that they provide perfect growth for infants .
Trypsin inhibitors (Bowmann-Birk inhibitor and Kunitz inhibitor) are present in all plants, without exception. You consume it in foods as banal as potatoes, rice, most legumes, including peas, eggplants, etc., without being inconvenienced in the least. Trypsin inhibitors, proteins, being inactivated by cooking (and not by fermentation).
If you like fruits, usually eaten raw, which also contain anti-trypsic factors, do not worry, your pancreas will not come out ” tired ” so far (by the way how to distinguish a pancreas ” Tired “(sic) of a pancreas holding an Olympic form?).
Human proteases, unlike those of other animal species, those of the rat in particular, are not or only slightly sensitive to trypsin inhibitors. So do not boil your morning orange juice.
Finally, it should be remembered that in humans, the only scientifically documented activities of soya on the pancreas are protective activity against diabetes (isoflavones protect pancreatic β cells, which synthesize insulin) and inhibition of tumor growth Cancer cells of the pancreas , a particularly deadly cancer.
This example of trypsin inhibitors reveals one of the big tricks of soybean opponents: pinpointing a particular compound as if it were a soy specificity, failing to recall its banality among foods derived from the vegetable kingdom, and Of course conceal its lack of toxicity in humans, even its benefits. The Kunitz inhibitor is one of the rare compounds, natural or synthetic, that can stop the progression of ovarian tumors .
“According to Dr. Mary G. Enig (President of the Maryland Nutritionists Association)” a baby fed with soy-based formula is given the equivalent of phyto-estrogens in what we would get if we ate 5 Birth control pills a day! This leads to early puberty in girls and delayed sexual maturation in boys . “ “
Wrong . The first editorial that speaks volumes about the seriousness of the article and the site that broadcast it, Mary Enig, an activist of the American association Weston Price, is no longer president of anything since she is dead. However, if Mary Gertrude and her followers had studied the formula of the active ingredients of a contraceptive pill and the (iso) flavonoids (“phyto-estrogens”) of soya, they would have realized that these Compounds, from a chemical point of view, have absolutely nothing to do with each other.
The contraceptive pill contains two active ingredients: estrogen and progesterone. These compounds, which are peculiar to the animal kingdom and therefore absent from the vegetable kingdom (soya bean), are obtained from cholesterol (hence their name “steroidal compounds”), a fat that also shines by its absence In the vegetable kingdom. Steroidal compounds retain most of the structure of the cholesterol, hence a highly “hydrophobic” character, that is to say insoluble in water.
Conversely, isoflavones (“phyto-estrogens”) are exclusively synthesized by plants, from an amino acid, a compound highly soluble in water. As a result, (iso) flavonoids are water soluble compounds, not fat. This is why, for example, in extracting its flavonoids ( which are also phyto-estrogens, but never so named in the case of tea, since tea has the good taste not to compete with meat and dairy products ) The tea leaves in water and not in lard.
Therefore, at least from a (bio) chemical point of view, we can not go further than estrogens and “phyto-estrogens” ….
From a biological point of view, and above all, these compounds exert a diametrically opposite activity.
If estrogens and progesterone, the active ingredients of the contraceptive pill, act as contraceptives, conversely, isoflavones (“phyto-estrogens”) help fight infertility. In this regard, mention should be made of the work of Professor Vittorio Unfer, University of Rome, who has achieved remarkable results in treating women suffering from infertility with soy isoflavones .
It remains that as long as we persist in naming isoflavones “phyto-estrogens”, instead of “phyto-SERMs”, or more simply “isoflavones”, one will cut off the reality of these compounds; Here more than elsewhere “the word carries out the murder of the thing”.
“Believe me, at least on one point: pity, no soya milk for children!“
Believe me, not on parole, but on the basis of these robust scientific studies, you can give soya to the children! You will activate their cancer genes, which will give them a later immunity against hormone-dependent cancers , as well as against cardiovascular diseases (“epigenetic” activity of isoflavones), obesity, environmental pollutants, including formidable BPA, and You will protect them from an early puberty.
This is in line with the recommendations of the Indonesian authorities, for example, which recommend a very early introduction of soybeans into food, a practice that is common in Indonesia, as I have seen for myself.
Indeed, ANSES experts, who are linked to the dairy industry, who produced the controversial soybean report (March 2005), have recognized the perfect safety of soy-based infant formulas, Be recently reaffirmed .
Similarly, isoflavones protect from early puberty, with solid scientific studies in support of my proposal .
“The very serious British medical magazine” The Lancet “reported in 1997 a study that would prove that the mere fact of drinking two glasses of soy milk a day was enough to disrupt the menstrual cycles of women. “
False. The study published in the very serious Lancet has in fact been published in … the very serious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , an approximation, one more, which, let’s agree, does not make it very serious …
Participants in this study did not consume “soy milk” but soy protein, and two, which gives an overview of the careful reading that has been done of this study, if at all Been simply read …
Never in this study mention is made of any ” disturbance ” of menstrual cycles by soy, the term is not present anywhere in the study as everyone can easily verify.
The authors conclude on the contrary to the protective interest of soy in the context of the prevention of breast cancer.
“ Isoflavones can (…) promote (…) constipation …”
False. To my knowledge, the only study that evaluated the relationship between soy consumption and constipation indicates that soy … protects against this condition .
I would add that the glycosylated isoflavones, as found in unfermented soybean foods, behave like prebiotics, ie, fibers .
It will therefore be deduced that for the now famous Claude Tracks, dietary fiber favors … constipation!
“Isoflavones can (…) promote (…) weight gain”
False. Available studies show that soy isoflavones, like all flavonoids (eg tea), have a protective effect against obesity .
“ Isoflavones can (…) promote (…) fatigue . “
Wrong . Bad pick again because a very recent study shows that isoflavones fight chronic fatigue :
“Some Buddhist monks eat tofu to lower their libido”
Wrong . Another trick that loops on the canvas but never refers to the least accurate historical reference, and for good reason. Note that tofu (and not “tofu”, its English name) appears in China well before the appearance of Buddhism, besides the Chinese are predominantly Taoists.
Even if this has not yet been demonstrated in humans, a study, scientific and very real, shows that in primates (order to which we are attached), the consumption of Millettia dura , A member of the botanical family to which the soybean belongs, rich “phyto-estrogens” on the contrary increases sexual activity !
And this logically because the flavonoids favor, among others, the vascularization .
In addition, soy is particularly rich in arginine, an amino acid precursor of nitric oxide (NO), a powerful vasodilator: need more precision?
“… Be aware that the massive soybean crops in the world have catastrophic effects on peasants in Third World countries. “
Rigorously exact, but “know”, especially, that this soya is exclusively intended … to feed the cattle !
Soy-based foods available in France are generally derived from soybeans grown in France , about 70% of which come from the South-West; The most southern part of our country is well suited to soybeans that do not appreciate the excess of moisture, unlike another urban rumor that soybean cultivation is particularly water-hungry.
French soya is distinguished from soybeans grown in the Americas by the absence of GMOs , the cultivation of transgenic soya being prohibited in France, organic, as is always the case, but also in conventional. French soy is also primarily intended for human consumption, which provides farmers with better incomes than soybeans for livestock.
In this respect, many French soybean farmers benefit from the guarantees of the “fair trade” sector, far from the unacceptable conditions faced by their Brazilian counterparts, despoiled by international multinational trading companies (ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Louis- Dreyfus) who buy the soy at a low price, then selling it at a high price to European breeders.
In France, short chains prevail, processors, artisans and SMEs, buying soybeans directly from producers.
“It seems that people eating, even twice a week, a normal portion of tofu have an accelerated shrinkage of their brain accompanied by a decrease in cognitive function. In short, their brain works less well. “
Wrong . Obviously, but we’re getting used to it, no scientific study has ever established that soy shrinks the brain.
As our work suggests, soy isoflavones appear to protect against Alzheimer’s disease by inhibiting the aggregation of amyloid peptides .
Other studies show that soy improves cognitive functions .
Other studies have demonstrated the efficacy of phytic acid, a compound found in soybeans and plants in general, could be a promising treatment against Alzheimer’s disease (the anti-cancer activity of Phytic is already documented)
“Already in 1986, studies have shown that ingestion of soy can lead to serious neurological problems and lead to serious emotional problems ranging from bad mood to chronic or permanent depression. “
Wrong . Studies available show that consumption of soy is a means of combating depression .
“We gave soya to the bomber pilots, to make sure they were insensitive, disengaged from reality. From the memoirs of Schmidt. Dynamic Power Supplies. Ed Tryades. “
False. Here are the “anchored” and the “uncapped”. I did not fly a B-17 or a Lancaster, but based on my experience, I can assure you that when you pilot, it’s better, paradoxically, to have your feet on the ground, at least to be wise. In this regard, to keep the pilots awake, the air raids during the Second World War were sometimes very long, both camps used amphetamines (Benzedrine), but certainly not soya. On the other hand, soya was used in combat rations, the famous “K ration”, destined for the infantry, the commandos, the tank crews … but not to the airmen!
For the personnel of the air bases, situated away from the front line, the use of combat rations was not necessary.
It will be recalled that the use of soy in combat rations is a French invention. (Bloch, A. Soy, its culture, its composition, its use in medicine and in the diet.) Colonial hygiene and medicine n ° 11. Paris: Doin, 1908.)
It has been forgotten today, but soybean was used in the ration of our Poilus in 14-18. And they also won the war.