4) Soy contains hemagglutinin, which causes red blood cells to clump together and inhibits oxygen uptake, potentially causing blood clots.
And while we’re on the subject of soy, I think soy formula for infants is one of the most ludicrous products on the market. Soy formula is NOT SUITABLE as a milk substitute, because, among other reasons, soy milk does not contain cholesterol and infants need cholesterol, especially for the development of the brain and nervous system. And infants who are fed soy formula exclusively receive five birth control pills worth of estrogen every day! Is it any wonder that some girls are hitting puberty at 7-8 years old? Lastly, the aluminum content of soy formula is 10 times greater than milk based formula and 100 times greater than unprocessed milk. Aluminum has a toxic effect on the kidneys of infants, and has been implicated as cause in Alzheimer’s in adults.
There are some redeeming qualities to soy, however these are found primarily in fermented soy products like tempeh, soy sauce, miso and natto, and soybean sprouts. The fermentation process (and sprouting process) actually eliminates many of the harmful elements in soybeans and activates some beneficial qualities. If you want to get some health benefits from soy, stick to fermented/sprouted soy and stay away from the processed soy milks, soy “burgers”, soy “ice cream”, soy “cheese”, and the myriad of other soy JUNK foods that are so readily disguised as HEALTH foods. And if you want a good alternative to soy milk, try almond milk or coconut milk.