BEWARE: Mood Swings and Protein Shakes!

How Soy Protein Isolate Affects Your Behavior

Like some of you who are reading this, I too became obsessed with protein shakes. I would have them in the morning while getting ready for the day or I would take them in my car waiting for the weight to drop..so handy, right?  I would believe people when they told me that I was having diarrhea because my “body was cleansing itself”..what?? (I found out later it was the fake sugar). My mood swings were up and down like a yo yo and I observed others taking the same product getting irritable and cranky. At the time I just jotted it all down to them having a bad day. Boy, was I wrong!

After watching Dr. Oz explain how we should avoid soy for our health, I began reading the product label on my protein shake and I noticed the first ingredient listed was “soy protein isolate”.    What was this and what was it doing to my body? This lead me to start my research, partly because I have hypothyroidism and knew I was feeling some negative physical effects.

Soy is Americas largest cash crop being touted as having a myriad of health benefits and it does not matter if it states “non GMO” as this is used as a buzz marketing word. The soy bean is stripped and processed and pulverized right down to expose the garbage waste product called soy protein isolate. Kind of like cardboard.

What’s so bad about soy?:

  • Contains Isoflavones (Genistein and Daidzein).  In soy the isoflavones are built in insecticides.  If they kill bugs are they good for humans?

  • Isoflavones are estrogen like substances which have the same effect as the bodies estrogen.  Cancer comes from having too much estrogen.  Irritability and mood swings, fat gain from the waist down, fibrocystic breast disease uterine fibromas are all associated with estrogen dominance.  Instead of helping prevent the bad effects of environmental or natural estrogen dominance soy isoflavones are now known to increase the bad effect of estradiol and estrone the two major bad guys of the estrogen family.  (1,2,3).

  • Kills testicular tissue.  In men it permanently reduces testicular function and lowers Luteinizing Hormone production. LH is what signals your testicles to work.  This increases the probability of estrogen dominance in men with its hair loss, swollen and cancerous prostates. (4,5).   Male children fed soy formulas and soy products may not ever get to like girls.  Doris Rapp MD, the worlds leading pediatric allergist, asserts that environmental and food estrogens are responsible for the increase in male homosexuality and the worldwide reduction in male fertility. (6)

  • Isoflavones decrease thyroid hormone production. This can stunt children’s growth and make the rest of us tired and fat. (7,8,9).

  • Female children fed the estrogens in soy formula and products hit puberty very very early sometimes as young as age 6 to 8!  (10).

  • Pregnant women eating soy products may affect the sexual differentiation of their children.  Studies show malformations of the reproductive tract or offspring born with both male and female sexual organs. (11).

  • Isoflavones decrease GOOD cholesterol (HDL). (12,13).

  • Soy contains Phytin, which takes essential minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium etc. out of the body before they can be absorbed.  Also soy contains Trypsin inhibitors block this vital anti cancer enzyme, anti fibrosis enzyme. (14).

  • A 7000 man 30 year epidemiological study done in Hawaii shows soy is connected with a higher rate of Vascular Dementia (Alzheimer’s disease).  (15,16).

Any opinions to contradict the facts noted above have been paid for by the Agribusiness giants Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland.  Once public knowledge of their manipulation of public opinion and of the FDA becomes widely known, expect monster class action lawsuits against these folks.  They’ll deserve it in spades!

References:

  1. Casanova, M., et al.; Developmental effects of dietary phytoestrogens in Sprague –Dawley rats and interactions of genistein and daidzein with rat estrogen receptors alpha and beta in vitro.  Toxicol Sci 1999, Oct.; 51 (2): 236-44.
  2. Santell, L., et al.: Dietary genistein exerts estrogenic effects upon the uterus, mammary gland and the hypothalamic / pituitary axis in rats.  J. Nutr 1997 Feb.;127 (2): 263-9.
  3. Harrison, R.M., et al.; Effect of genistein on steroid hormone production in the pregnant rhesus monkey.  Proc Soc Exp Biol Med 1999 Oct.; 222(1): 78-84.
  4. Nagata, C., et al.; Inverse association of soy product intake with serum androgen and estrogen in Japanese men.  Nut Cancer 2000; 36(1): 14-8.
  5. Zhong, et al.; Effects of dietary supplement of soy protein isolate and low fat diet on prostate cancer.  FASEB J 2000; 14(4): a531.11.
  6. Rapp, Dorris J., Is This Your Child’s World.  Bantam Books 1996. Page 501.
  7. Divi, R. L., Chang, H.C. and Doerge, D.R.; Identification, characterization and mechanisms of anti-thyroid activity of isoflavones from soybeans.  Biochem Pharmacol 54:1087-1096, 1997.
  8. Fort, P., Moses, N., Fasano, M. Goldberg, T. and Lifshitz, F.; Breast and soy formula feedings in early infancy and the prevalence of autoimmune disease in children.  J Am Coll Nutr 9:164-165, 1990.
  9. Setchell, K. D. R., Zimmer-Nechemias, L., Cai, J. and Heubi, J.E.; Exposure of infants to phytoestrogens from soy based infant formula.  Lancet 350:23-27, 1997.
  10. Irvine, C.H.G., Fitzpatrick, M.G. and Alexander, S.L.; Phytoestrogens in soy based infant foods: Concentrations, daily intake and possible biological effects.  Proc Soc Exp Biol Med 217:247-253, 1998.
  11. Levy, J.R., Faber, F.A., Ayyash, L. and Hughes, C.L.; The effect of prenatal exposure to phytoestrogens genistein on sexual differentiation in rats.  Proc Soc Exp Biol Med 208:60-66, 1995.
  12. Ashton, E., Ball, M.; Effects of soy as tofu vs. meat on lipoprotein concentrations.  Eur J Clin Nutr 200 Jan; 54(1):14-9.
  13. Madani, S., et al.: Dietary protein level and origin (casein and highly purified soybean protein) affect hepatic storage, plasma lipid transport, and antioxidative defense status in the rat.  Nutrition 2000 May;16(5):368-375.
  14. Leiner, I.; The Intraperiotoneal toxicity of concentrations of the soybean trypsin inhibitor.  J Biol Chem 193:183 (1951).
  15.  White, L., Petrovitch, H., Ross, G.W. and Masaki, K.H.: Association of mid life consumption of tofu with late life cognitive impairment and dementia: The Honolulu-Asia Anti Aging Study, The Neurobiol of Aging 17 (suppl. 4):S121, 1996a.
  16. White, L, Petrovitch, H., Ross, G.W., Masaki, K.H., Abbot, R.D., Teng, E.L., Rodriguez, B.L., Blanchette, P.L., Havlik, R.J., Wergowske, G., Chiu, D., Foley, D.J., Murdaugh, C. and Curb, J.D.; Prevalence of dementia in older Japanese-American men in Hawaii. JAMA 276:955-960, 1996b.

13 Shortcuts to Meet Your 5-a-Day Quota

 

Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Eating for Health

Eating for Health

We all know we should be eating our fruits and vegetables. You’ve probably heard the recommendations for meeting a 5-a-day quota, or seen the USDA’s recommendation to fill half of your plate with fruits and veggiesduring each meal. And you probably already know that eating fruits and vegetables provides a number of important health benefits, like reducing the risk of chronic diseases and heart disease and helping you manage your weight. Eating a diet filled with veggies and fruits might also protect against certain cancers and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. With all of those benefits, you’d think the entire human population would be chowing down on bok choy and snacking on spinach. But not everyone has a built-in love for the produce department. If you struggle to fit in your fruits and vegetables, read on for some tips and tricks to make eating a healthier diet easier than ever!

Tips for Increasing Your Fruit and Vegetable Intake 1. Eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal. If half a plate of fruits and vegetables seems like an overwhelming goal for you right now, start by simply adding one fruit or veggie to each meal. You can eat them as a side—think a cup of green beans with dinner or a banana with breakfast—or simply start adding them to foods you already eat. Fruit is a cinch to add to oatmeal, yogurt and cereal in the morning. Add onions and peppers to meat dishes, or pile a few of your favorite vegetables onto your sandwich. Once you start working them in, you’ll welcome the new additions!

2. Snack smart. Instead of hitting the vending machine for an afternoon pick-me-up, start snacking on fruits and vegetables. Cut veggies and hummus or sliced fruit with yogurt dip will satisfy you more than a candy bar will.

3. Drink up. While you should limit the number of calories you get from beverages, if you have trouble fitting fruits and vegetables into your busy life, work them into a drink that you can take on the go. Try out smoothie recipes until you find a few you love and work them into your rotation as a breakfast or afternoon snack option. You can easily get several fruit and vegetable servings in a yummy beverage. If you simply want juice, look for 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice for it to count as a serving, but limit yourself to no more than one serving of fruit or vegetable juice per day, as the calories are concentrated and juice removes some of the other benefits of produce (such as fiber).

4. Slurp some soup! Soups and stews can be a nutritious, filling way to get lots of vegetables into a meal. Soup is an easy way to increase the variety of veggies you eat, too, as it can make some of your least favorite options more palatable. If you don’t make your own, make sure you know the healthy soup options at the grocery store.

5. Be ready at all times. Have cut fruits and vegetables in the fridge ready for munching at all times. Whether you buy the pre-cut options in the produce department or take the time to cut and bag it yourself, you’re more likely to eat it if it’s readily and easily available. Have hummus, low-fat ranch or fruit dip on hand, too, if it’ll encourage you to eat up.

6. Keep them in sight, in mind. Just like you keep sweets out of sight to discourage incessant snacking, keeping fruits and veggies in sight will help you think of them as an option for eating. Stock a fruit bowl at work each week and keep a bowl on the kitchen counter at home so you’ll be more likely to eat it when you’re hungry.

7. Bar hop. Next time you’re blanking on a quick, easy place to grab lunch, head to the salad bar at a local grocery store. With an endless variety of vegetables, cut fruit and soups, it’s an easy way to make sure you get a meal rich in nutrients and fiber.

8. Start smart. Make it a habit to order a salad or vegetable-based soup when you’re out at restaurants. These fiber-rich starters may keep you from overeating when your meal comes, in addition to helping you add more vegetables into your day.

9. Bag it up. It may be more expensive to buy pre-chopped lettuce mixes, but they make whipping up a salads a breeze. Throw a few into your shopping cart so you can take salads to work for lunch or have dinner salads ready throughout the week. Just make sure your salad toppings are healthy ones!

10. Use the freezer. If you buy produce in bulk only to have it rot in your refrigerator before you get to it, start using your freezer more frequently (and check here for produce storage tips!). Have a stock of frozen fruits and veggies on hand at all times so you’ll always have them ready for smoothies and easy dinner sides.

11. Chop them up. If you have a hard time crunching into big vegetables, try slicing and dicing them into a more manageable size. Shred carrots and zucchini or finely dice onions, pepper and spinach to hide in pasta sauces, hamburger patties, omelets and casseroles.

12. Pack portable produce. If you’re a snacker who gets hungry when you’re out running errands or on the way home from work in the early evening, carry easy-to-eat fruit and vegetable items for snacking. Spinach and kiwi may not be convenient on the go, but baby carrots, chopped broccoli and celery sticks are great for munching anywhere, as are no-muss, no-fuss bananas, apples and grapes. Dried fruits like raisins and prunes are easy to have on hand for a quick snack, too.

13. Find the ones you love. While you should aim for a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet, don’t hesitate to stick to the handful you love if you can only stomach a few. It won’t do you any good to buy the spinach you know you hate if it’s just going to sit in your crisper until it turns into goo. Buy your favorite fruits and vegetables and eat up, while allowing yourself to experiment with new options every now and then. You never know–you might find a new favorite! The USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both have calculators on their sites to help you calculate how many fruit and vegetable servings you should aim for each day. Everyone’s caloric and dietary needs are different and depend on age and activity level, so see what’s recommended for you and make that your new goal!  Sources USDA’s MyPlate. ”Add More Vegetables to Your Day,” accessed November 2011. www.usda.gov.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ”Nutrition for Everyone,” accessed November 2011. www.cdc.gov.