Soy–a poor food choice, but why so popular?

By on October 11, 2011


Pumped up today! Just got back from a nutrition conference, and can’t wait to share….Alright, I can almost see you nodding off at the idea of a roomful of 60 chiropractic physicians in conference, but I’ll only highlight what could possibly help you right now :)

As a society, when it comes to our diet, we’re kind of screwed (sorry, just being truthful).  I know you may think that’s drastic, but with the massing research about our increasingly poor nutritional habits, it’s no wonder why obesity and disease is so sharply on the rise…

A quick snippet I’ll share is regarding a dangerous crop, more specifically, the soybean.  Soybean, as I’ll share in other posts, can disrupt our hormones, cause sexual problems, and a rise in our body fat.  Why then, is it so damn popular?

According to the book “The World is Fat” by Barry Popkin (2009), subsidies of up to $50 million are allocated toward the production of cheap crops, one of them in particular being soybeans.  That means the government, through influence of soybean manufacturers, pay money to soybean manufacturers to keep the cost of soybeans artificially low.

The degree we’ve reached, is that a GREAT deal of our most popular food items are based on the cheap crop, soy.

Don’t believe me?

I challenge you to do the following:

1. Go through each dressing you have in the refrigerator.  Look on the ingredient label,  and read the first three ingredients (ingredients, by the way, are listed in order of the greatest quantity to the least quantity).  Any soy there?  Have a non-dairy coffee creamer–any soy in it?

2. On your next grocery store trip, look at a popular protein bar.  Any soy?  How about another bar–any soy?  Pick up yet another bar–any soy?  How about a cereal with “high levels of protein”.  Any soy?

These are just several of the MANY foods that contain soy.  If we want to be healthy, we need to understand the dangers of this cheap crop, as well as why it’s so abundant.

Oh, by the way- there’s plenty of hope in having foods that don’t contain soy.  I look forward to approaching some of them in another discussion.

Until then, wishing you all the best.

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About Michael Tremba

Dr. Michael Tremba, once severely overweight himself, has studied to distinguish the truth about weight loss, and the shocking mis-information that's taught to us by many "trusted" groups. Through the techniques that have helped him regain his health, he shares uncommon tools to help anyone else desiring to lose weight to live the life they're meant to. He enjoys reading, exercising, travelling, and spending time with his wife, Shari in Mobile, Alabama Find me on Twitter, Google+ and let's connect on LinkedIn.


  1. shari

    October 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you for this post! I was amazed to find all of the soy bean oil listed when going through the fridge. It was in every single salad dressing, the mayo and even our powdered coffee creamer. I have decided to make salad dressings from scratch, which is very easy to do, and to buy (in refrigerated section) coffee creamer without soy. As far as the mayo, I heard you can make that also.

    • Dr. Mike

      October 11, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Shari. Actually, yes, there’s a lot of healthier options to dressings that don’t require soy. Since you brought it up, here’s one for soy-Free mayo that’s rich in omega three fatty acids:
      2 Egg Yolks, 1 Table Spoon Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 Tsp dry mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/4 C. Olive Oil. Mix in blender, and enjoy.

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