Soy nuts are a delectable snack food made from dried soy beans that have been soaked in water, drained, and then roasted or baked until dry and crunchy. The process is similar to what is commonly done on peanuts. Remember that peanuts aren’t true nuts but are actually legumes just like soy beans.
Soy nuts are a great source of protein and in fact contain all of the essential amino acids that our body needs. Unfortunately, inherent substances in soy beans make this food potentially risky for people with certain types of health conditions. It doesn’t help either that this is one of several cash crops that have been genetically modified.
Read on to know more about the negative effects of soy nuts (and be sure to also check out the recommended soak times for beans, grains, legumes, nuts and rice.)
Risks of Soy Nuts:
Some of the possible risks in soy beans are still present even after they’ve been soaked and then baked or roasted. Here’s a summary of potential soy bean dangers that you can still encounter in soy nuts:
- More than half of the world’s soy bean production (approximately 58% in 2007) is genetically modified. Unless the soy nuts you’re purchasing come from certified organic soy, chances are they’re GMO soy. There is one study that demonstrates how transgenes are absorbed by the intestinal bacteria of a person who eats genetically modified soy.
- Soy is a goitrogen, a type of food that causes enlargement of the thyroid gland. Those with iodine deficiency should avoid soy products.
- Soy contains phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogen). Over consumption of soy products can lead to unbalanced hormones. In one case, a 60-year-old man ended up having gynecomastia or the benign enlargement of mammary tissues.
As with most commercial food products, conventional soy nuts sold in groceries today contain artificial additives. For instance, the chocolate-coated variety may contain excessive amounts of processed sugar and artificial flavorings. Paraffin wax is also a common ingredient in processed chocolate-coated food items. Paraffin wax has been found to pass through the digestive system. However, it can still cause intestinal obstruction when ingested in considerable amounts. Other varieties of processed soy nuts, on the other hand, may contain MSG and excessive salt.
Since roasting is one of two ways to prepare soy nuts, it is highly likely that some of the beneficial substances will be lost due to the high temperatures involved. Unsaturated fatty acids are some of the nutrients that easily break down in heat. This makes roasted soy nuts far less nutritious in terms of dietary fats than their raw counterpart.
The method of roasting also has to be considered. In some procedures, cooking oil is added and this increases the amount of trans fats in the product. From a commercial perspective, using hydrogenated oil is advantageous because it can contribute to extending shelf life. From a health perspective however, trans fats from hydrogenated oil are dangerous because they increase LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol.
There is such a thing as soy allergy. It is said that most cases of this ailment begins in infancy and early childhood, when the child has a negative reaction to soy-based milk formulas. Some may outgrow the allergy, while for others, the sensitivity to soy continues on to adulthood. Individuals with such a health condition should naturally avoid soy nuts and other related products.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of regular yogurt and why you should avoid them to succeed in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the grains and legumes on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
• GMO Corn
• Soy Nuts
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