Maybe you have had some questions or concerns about soy protein. Perhaps you are frustrated and fed up with all the information out there. I sure was. I realize I may be treading on “thin ice” as this seems to be a controversial subject that people like to get heated over. I have no desire to start a debate or battle of words. I simply want to share a few thoughts on our own personal journey with choosing a protein for our family. We knew that we do not get all of the amino acids daily from our food and thus it’s necessary to supplement our diets. I don’t have all the answers, but all I know is, our family feels better, looks better, and is healthier than we’ve ever been since incorporating soy protein into our every day diets.
This was how I came to the conclusion of what was right for our family…I had to evaluate my decision a couple different ways.
3. Testimonies (Real life stories of people who had used it and had life change!)
Experience has shown me that after 12 years on soy protein, I feel better than I have my at any other time in my life. Experience also showed me that my brother-in-laws’ 38 cancerous tumors disappeared after being on soy protein and other supplements.
Which brings me to the second criteria…Research. My brother-in-law didn’t use just any old soy protein from the store…and thank God!! That would’ve done him more harm than good!!! Nearly all store bought soy proteins do not meet the 7 criteria below and thus are more harmful to your body than anything…totally defeating the purpose of you using them! The only brand we trust when it comes to protein is Shaklee because we have personally seen how it’s radically changed our family’s health (from cancer, to migraines, healthy pregnancies, hormone issues being regulated, to weight loss and better immunity). My kids, who have been on Shaklee’s soy protein since they were 4-6 months old, have never been to a doctor a day in their lives….and they are now 9, 7 and 4. So when I talk about, and am a proponent for, “soy protein” the only one I am talking about is Shaklee’s. I wouldn’t touch any other because I know the stringent standards this company has and what they go through to ensure that all their protein is kept alive (like food) and has zero toxins, chemicals, or additives. And none of the soy beans used are EVER Genetically Modified (GMO).
A lot of the “anti-soy research” (if you can call it research) comes from a “study” (if you can even call it a study!) years ago where so-called scientists injected lab rats with soy protein and they got cancer. The PROBLEM (that they neglected to mention in their findings) was that they injected enough soy protein in the rats to equal you and I drinking 1 protein shake every 30 seconds for 24 hours!!! We would never in our right minds consume ANY food product (even broccoli) every 30 seconds for 24 hours!! We’d all have some serious issues! No wonder they got cancer. It jacked up their whole immune and digestive system and turned the body on itself. And the type of protein that they fed the rats was not natural, but GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) so it was toxic. Thus, the big soy scare is not really a scare at all if you are using the RIGHT type of soy, which I only know of Shaklee producing. There may be other companies out there that hold to the same standards Shaklee does of 350 quality control test on every ingredient every time, processing their soy to keep it alive rather than heating it, and washing it with water vs. alcohol, but I know of none. And Dr. Shaklee started with the soy bean 56 years ago based on his research of what this super food does in the body (he too had cancer from radiation poising so what he was a proponent for came from personal use). If it is still being used by the company 56 years later as the #1 seller AND they’ve invested nearly 350 million in research AND lives have been changed for the last 56 years, then I think I’ll trust their stance verses some wacko who does a study on rats (which Shaklee NEVER tests on animals…only what the products do in human bodies).
My rule of thumb with anything is “Try it. See how you feel. If you don’t feel better, get your money back.” I don’t know all the answers, but all I know is, my brother in law’s 38 cancerous tumors disappeared after being on Shaklee soy heavily for a year and a half, I have n0 hormone issues after “upping” my intake of Shaklee soy, and my husband still has not grown “man boobs.” Oh, yeah…I forgot to mention that’s another one of the arguments as to why NOT to use soy. I’ve been waiting after the last 13 years of him using Shaklee soy to see them appear, but he has just gotten more sexy and ripped. So that one’s a fallacy too.
Stories and personal Testimonies were another big deal for me. As I started onShaklee’s soy protein back in my Division 1 soccer days, I immediately noticed a difference. And then I began to hear about hundreds of others who, over the years (56 to be exact) have seen huge life-change and dramatic results by adding this healthy protein into their diet. The irony of this all is, soy has been given such a bad rap that some who need it the most due to health issues they have (i.e. cancer, thyroid issues, hormone imbalance) have been told by very loving and well-meaning practitioners to avoid it like the plague. This actually makes me sad because I’ve seen first hand how it has helped to give people their lives back. Let’s face it…if you don’t have your health, what kind of life do you have? We all want to feel better, live longer, and enjoy life to the fullest. This was the quickest and simplest way to add something in on a daily basis that has radically changed my body and health. I hope my journey will help some of you who are searching for answers to find what you’re looking for. The 7 Criteria below helped me greatly in evaluating which protein to use for myself and my family.
Common Concerns About Soy
by Dr. Richard Brouse
Do soybeans cause cancer?
It is true that “overcooked” soy does contain “carcinogenic” compounds. When soy is extruded through high temperature, high-pressure steam nozzles to form what is called “textured vegetable protein – TVP for short”, this form of processing renders the soy “meat substitute” carcinogenic or cancer causing. TVP is what is used in soy dogs and soy burgers, and should be avoided.
What about roasted soybeans?
Whole soybeans are high in plant fat. If soybeans are roasted to eat as soy nuts, the heat alters the fat and makes it a trans-fatty acid, which causes both cancer and heart disease. As roasted soy nuts sit on the shelf or in the cupboard in storage, the oils are becoming more and more rancid and carcinogenic. AVOID roasted soybeans.
But I’ve heard that soy protein is hard on the kidneys!
Animal protein is much harder to digest than vegetable protein. Since many people have digestive difficulties, protein that is not thoroughly digested is very challenging to the kidneys. Powdered protein is in a predigested state, and the BEST protein source to choose! Protein is not the enemy – it is essential for life. It is true, however, that EXCESSIVE protein is hard on the kidneys, so if a person consumes more than 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily, AND does not consume adequate carbohydrates with it, this could cause kidney damage.
I have breast cancer, and I’ve been told I cannot have soy!
It is true that soy is a “phyto-estrogen” food, which means it contains substances that have hormone-like components. However, their estrogen strength is 1/1000th that of the body’s own stronger estrogens. Therefore, you want to load your digestive system with quality controlled raw soy powder, because these weaker estrogens will block the estrogen receptor sites from receiving your body’s own stronger estrogens and therefore be very protective against estrogen fed cancer.
ESSENTIAL SEVEN CHECKLISTS FOR A QUALITY SOY PRODUCT:
1) Were the soybeans ORGANICALLY GROWN?
Studies have shown decreased levels of food nutrients and increased levels of nitrates in chemically fertilized crops, when compared with their organic counterparts. There is a connection between the ingestion of nitrates & CANCER! Therefore, it is important to know that pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides have not been used during the growing process. In particular, with soybeans, since they are such a hearty plant, a powerful and DEADLY weed spray called Round Up is usually used. For your safety, you must know that your soy products are organically grown. [Shaklee soy is organically grown.]
2) Were the soybeans GENETICALLY ENGINEERED?
Genetically engineered soybeans are much cheaper to purchase, and most companies producing soy products look for ways to save money. [Shaklee soy is certified non-GMO (i.e., it is guaranteed to contain no genetically-modified organism.)]
3) Does your soybean powder contain ALL of the nineessential amino acids?
One of the most valuable features of the soybean is that it is a complete protein and provides ALL nine of the essential amino acids. The body requires these daily to produce hormones, digestive juices, antibodies, and enzymes. HOWEVER, not all soybeans are created equal. Quality and amino acid content will vary based on soil conditions, and variable growing and harvest conditions. If one essential amino acid is missing, the immune system can be depressed 30%, and many important body functions are delayed or stopped. Therefore, it is essential that each batch of soybeans be checked for amino acid content if we want to depend on the soy isolate to provide a GUARANTEED supply of the nine essential amino acids. [Shaklee soy contains all nine essential amino acids.]
4) Were the crushed soy flakes washed in alcohol or water?
Alcohol washing destroys isoflavones content up to 88%! It is the isoflavones that reduce the risk of breast, prostate, lung, and bowel cancer! It is also the isoflavones that are so beneficial in hormone-balancing and increasing bone mass. [Shaklee soy is washed only in water.]
5) Was the “anti-thyroid”, “anti-growth” substance in the raw soy removed?
Asians, who have consumed large amounts of soy for years, have known that RAW soy contains an “anti-growth”, “anti-tyrosine” substance. Tyrosine deficiency will cause low blood pressure, low body temperature, and restless leg syndrome. Therefore, Asians always lightly cook their soy foods to deactivate the “anti-tyrosine/anti-growth” substance. Shaklee has designed an extracting process that removes this substance, yet keeps the soy in a raw form in order to maintain the HIGHEST LEVEL OF AMINO ACIDS and ISOFLAVONES, which are very sensitive to heat. [Shaklee removes all pro-goitrogens from its soy.]
6) Is your soybean food RAW or heated?
Amino acids are very sensitive to heat. In some studies, cooking protein has been shown to destroy up to 50% of some ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS. If an individual consistently consumes a diet that is lacking in all of the essential amino acids, inadequate brain development and hormones, or other body tissue development can be the result. [Shaklee soy is raw.]
7) Has CALCIUM been added to your soy powder?
Some negative reports about soy say that soy powders are VERY ACIDIC and cause bone loss because it causes calcium to be drawn from the bones!!!! The raw soy bean is a NEUTRAL food–neither acidic or alkaline. However, the removal of the soybean oil (which is essential so the soy powder will not go rancid very quickly), makes the powder very acidic. Therefore, adequate calcium (which is very alkaline) must be added to cause the powder to be neutral again, or it can cause the above stated problem. Many protein powder manufacturers do not add any or enough calcium. [Shaklee soy has added calcium for proper pH balance.]
About the Author:
Dr. Brouse is a widely recognized authority in the fields of nutrition and prevention of chronic degenerative diseases. Dr. Brouse has a Master’s in Biochemistry and is a Doctor of Chiropractic. He was an Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition for 14 years and found the renowned Sunnyside Health Center in Clackamas, Oregon in 1977. Since that time many people throughout the world have regained a greater measure of health while following the recommendations of the clinic’s health professionals.