Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Not So Wonderful After All Super Food.

Soya. Touted as a super food, there’s been such a rush to market it until nothing seems nutritionally sound without soy listed among the ingredients. Milk, baby formula, beverages, ice cream, name it. And for good reason. Soy is indeed nutritious. But there is mounting concern and in some cases evidence that Soya has some very biologically active compounds that can affect negative changes in our bodies. Considering that it’s also mostly genetically modified, we should all probably be very afraid.

According to Nation nutrition columnist Sona Parmar, In the US where a quarter of the baby formulas contain soya, there are increasing reports of young children going through early sexual development. Early puberty may not necessarily be an issue if we were talking about a 10 or even nine year old. But the children in question are actually aged between five and six years. In Australia, signs of maturation (underarm order, breast development, body hair and even menses) have been reported in children as young as two, three and four years of age. The problem generally occurs in girls who have been given soy for nine months or more.

In boys, 12 months of soy feeding can lead to problems by the age of 11 or 12. Breasts can appear and testicles may fail to develop. Nature simply did not intend for children to be fed on hormones.

Not all soy fed babies develop problems. But is it worth taking the chance? When it comes to giving it to your children, is it not better to err on the side of caution?

Here are a few links where you can weigh the pros and cons and decide for yourself whether or not to consume Soya.



One woman’s chilling Soya story.

Some Q & A on Soya.

What they didn’t tell us about Soya Based Products.


16 Comments:

Eunuch said...

Ciku,
They say beggers don't choose but sisi we want to blong and after the HERBAL CRAZE comes soya. People with allergies are better warned on soya as it is GM. What is funny is the well-to-do rushing to intoxicate themselves why the really starving Kenyans are scarvanging for wild fruits. We surely live in interesting time.

Our Kid said...

Wololoh! Testicles may fail to develop?

Shiko-Msa said...

our kid errr.... you don't need to worry. I'm assuming you're not in the development bracket.

Mama said...

It is a sad situation when you have to buy a five year old sanitary wear. Some don't even know how to go the loo properly, menses ndio wataweza?

Maybe that man with boobs at my place was fed on soya stuff?

BP 1 said...

It is very unfortunate. I guess most mums know little, health wise, what is in store for their babies since Isomil baby formula (soybean-based baby formula) is a common choice for most mums here in Kenya.
Shiko thanks for this educative post. I shall pass the message.

Shiko-Msa said...

Eunuch Soya reminds me of Monsanto. And i've never heard anything good about Monsanto.

Mama no wonder babies are having babies. I'd thought about that clueless guy on your site but do they consume that much soya in UG?

BP are formulas mandatory for babies? What happened to traditional matoke and other foods that we grew up on?

joyunspeakable said...

this stuff is shocking

BP 1 said...

Shiko , si mums want “the Super foods” for their babies. Consider the time to prepare the traditional matoke you mention..Mums are getting lazy too, I guess.

Bishop said...

BP feed your children super foods from the shambas and wakulima market. parents are harming their kids with this laziness disguised as modern life. how long does it take to boil matoke spinarch oar to make uji?

Anonymous said...

It really is sad when studies warn people off health foods by siting results that are emotinally shocking. We are more alarmed about Soya than we are about eating sythetic fast food like chips and biscuits...doesn't that get you to wonder? Who is gaining from this information...thats always worth looking at. I'll feed my kids non GM organic soya any day.

ukwelii said...

She said in today's article those who eat 5 slices of white bread are much more likely to develop kidney cancer than those who eat 1 and 1/2 slices of brown a day...

And the way I have an aisle in my tummy labelled 'yeast-products.' Was jolting.

I'm all pro-breast feeding.. on the matter. All I've got to say to it.

@Mama - that's cold :)

But I think that even right now, we'd kinda prefer GMOs to no food for the starving ones...It is STILL food, right?

Shiko-Msa said...

True Joy. I was also scared although I'm not very big on soya. it kinda tastes awful don't it?

BP/Bishop then maybe normal foods are ok after all as opposed to super foods. They do take a bit longer to prepare but you're assured of their safety. or are we? Matoke may soon be going GM if it has not already.

Anon with Soya they’re citing its ability to interfere with hormones. The biscuits and fries are no better either. In the end I guess it all depends on how much one consumes. Like in one of those cases the lady was crazed about Soya consuming it excessively for over 10 years. In the current world of studies and counter studies, it’s for individuals to get the facts and chose what to eat. If you can isolate NON GM Soya, good for you.

Ukwelii I saw that article about bread. And how bakers colour their bread so as to call it brown bread. Breast milk of course is always best. But in today’s fast world mothers are having less and less time for the same.

Ukwelii If you offered starving people food right now, they'd not first and foremost care whether its GMO. But do we need GMOs or to better manage what we have in future? That question might take us back to the politics of the day. I rest my case.

pehpot said...

EC dropping, have a nice day!

Make or Break

Empower Kenya said...

I still like soya, but I get it from farms in Mwea...
Hopefully the farmers in Mwea will continue to keep it natural

SG said...

Its a confusing world. One day they tell us Pluto is planet next day it aint. One day soya is good now its bad. Today beer is healthy tomorrow it aint. Me, want to have peace of mind, laugh and live as long as the Almighty wishes.

Shiko-Msa said...

Pehpot thanks.

Empower Kenya / SupremeG moderation is the magic word.