Sinking the soy ship

Sinking the soy ship 

I have sounded off on soy on a number of occasions. The selling of soy as a substitute for animal fat and animal protein, because of its higher profit margin, is a crime against the American people, especially children, who need animal fat for neurological and brain development and animal protein for normal growth.

Soy is an equal-opportunity oppressor of the health and well-being of all Americans. These days, it’s found in practically everything. The objective is to literally eliminate meat and animal fat from the human diet. Ugh, what a future we face: Stop the world and let me OFF!

Soy comes up short on nutrition

Excess soy intake causes deficiencies in a wide array of nutrients, one of which is calcium. The soy sellers tacitly admit this, as they now “fortify” their soy drinks with a calcium salt. Cow’s milk contains 300 milligrams of calcium per serving. Unfortified soy “milk” contains about 10 milligrams of calcium per serving, which is, for all practical purposes, none. So don’t fall for the false labeling on the soy carton that claims the product has an amount of calcium equivalent to cow’s milk. It may be true as far as actual quantities are concerned, but the calcium added-called tricalcium phosphate-cannot be effectively absorbed by the body.

Researchers from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, who reported their study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, confirm what I have been telling you.

Dr. Robert Heaney, chief author of the study, said, “It’s not possible for consumers to know exactly how much calcium their body is absorbing based on nutrition labels.” He contends that the soy manufacturers’ decision to use this particular salt is generally based on taste, shelf life, and how well the salt dissolves into the product, not how well the calcium salt is absorbed by the consumer.

Milk: You need the “real deal”

It is recommended that adults consume between 1,000 milligrams and 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day to reduce their risk of osteoporosis and other diseases related to inadequate calcium intake. Dairy products, such as milk and cheese, account for about 70 percent of calcium sources in the U.S. diet. Calcium supplements do not prevent osteoporosis, and drinking them dissolved in soy juice doesn’t help either.

Researchers agree that calcium-fortified soy “milk” does not constitute a calcium source comparable to cow’s milk. And adequate calcium is not the entire story in osteoporosis prevention: You also need magnesium, zinc, and iron to even come close to anything resembling prevention. So throwing in calcium salt will not solve the problem, since the soy milk is also deficient, compared to real milk, in magnesium, zinc, and iron.

And your best source of these essential nutrients? The natural, unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk of the cow.

Heaney R.P., et. al. “Bioavailability of the calcium in fortified soy imitation milk, with some observations on method.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 5/00