Soybeans have an insanely high amount of something called Phytic Acid, which is an anti-nutrient. Basically it binds to important minerals like magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium, limiting their absorption.
As you’ve probably noticed, those are the exact nutrients you’re so desperately trying to get a hold of to stop passing out at work, survive your hangovers, and ensure that your hair survives your brutal process of bleach and tone.
The whole situation is pretty fucked up if you ask me.
Oh, and this isn’t just a matter of “it contains a small amount and we’re blowing the whole thing out of proportion”, but rather, soy has the highest amount of phytic acid of any grain or legume, and is the only grain where cooking, soaking or sprouting it won’t help for shit.
It’s probably worth mentioning that coffee is also known for reducing iron absorption, and considering the fact that most of the soy consumers have a tendency to use soy milk in their coffees, that’s just ensuring your inability to survive your next round of Tequila while still going to work at 6am.
Like, I feel like Starbucks should come with a warning that “Your $200 bottle of iron supplements will be rendered useless if you order our soy latte.”
This may or may not shock you, but soy contains aluminium.
You know, the light-weight metal we use to make airplanes and cans?
Hopefully I don’t have to explain why we should not be consuming aluminium, but I will anyway just to prevent any confusion.
As you probably guessed, digesting metal is not an easy task, and it’s not something you should be doing. Natural source or not, it’s going to be hell for your body.
When you consume high amounts of soy, therefore high amounts of aluminium, your digestive system will struggle to digest that shit and it will end up accumulating within your kidneys instead. High levels will lead to stones, also known as kidney stones.
Just please don’t eat metal.
Increased Risk of Breast Cancer
I remember the first time soy made me cry was when a fellow model explained it makes you grow a mustache due to the hormones.
Now, this may have been bullshit, but I was stuck in a model apartment in a foreign country with no access to google.
But what is true however, is that soy causes hormonal imbalances. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and blame the language barrier.
Basically, the isoflavones in soy will disrupt the estrogen, which leads to certain cells slowly turning cancerous.
So yes, soy has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.
Also, oat milk tastes better and won’t kill you.