Soyabean,Good Bad & Ugly:10 Truths Why it’s Not in my Kitchen


I have a history with  Soya bean, good bad and ugly. When I got married in 2008, I and hubby both were doing our postgraduate training. Due to erratic schedules, we often ended up eating late. My favorite snack was a glass of cold milk and a cream biscuit. Now, this came to such a pass that I was having 1 liter of milk a day. Skimmed milk was not always available. Plus the packaged variety was expensive. We were med students saving money for our own home.

But I was gaining weight. This I didn’t like. Because that meant restricted eating out and no chocolates. So I thought I will shift to soymilk. A very popular brand had delicious chocolate flavored variety. I loved it.

Decreased dairy. Started soya bean diet. Great, soya milk benefits, right?Not really.

Back then I didn’t really research what I was putting in my body. Luckily my hubby was more aware. Back then soya was the greatest high protein health food. A dream food.Cheap and high quality, with only a few high-quality research talking about the negatives.There is more source of hidden soya that you never knew. The effect of soya the good bad and ugly has as many stories, as there are stars in the sky.

The 3 main things which determine the effect of soya :

Amount: Not more than 6 gram per day(1 teaspoon roughly)

Type of soya: Fermentation products are preferred.

Age: Better avoid in children until discussed with a pediatrician.

The 10 truths about soya bean nutrition

# Truth 1

Soya milk benefits are a myth. Soy milk is the fastest way to obesity, hypothyroidism. When you have tasty soya milk it’s very easy to drink a lot. That way our daily soy intake is more than the amount recommended in a year.

# Truth 2
Next soya shock.Since it’s a cheap source of first-class protein. In fact, it’s the only plant source of complete protein. It’s added in many packaged food which shows enhanced protein content. You have more soya in your diet than you knew. It’s present in paneer chunks (they will not tell you) and many packaged bakery products, including instant noodles.

#Truth 3
Soya is a known common food allergen. Food allergies never go away. They just become worse and you don’t know why.

 But What’s soya bean actually?

The bean of soya is used to make soya oil, tofu, soya lecithin(added in baby food), soya milk.That’s the bad part of soya.The soya that you eat is a byproduct of soya oil and was initially used strictly as animal feed,chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, and even fish.

Soyabean:Good ,bad & Ugly .I will tell you why its not in my kitchen.

Soyabean:Good ,bad & Ugly .I will tell you why its not in my kitchen.

The soya bean plant due to its high-quality nitrogen was used to improve soil quality during rotation of crops.In Asian countries, it has been used for centuries but mostly as fermented products. Soya sauce, miso, tempeh. But even in China, Japan they don’t have more than 8 gram of soya product per day.

What does soya have?

  • Protein
  • Phytestrogens
  • Phytates  and other antinutrients(nutrient blockers)

#Truth 4

The Good of soya: soyabean benefits

  • Cheap high-quality protein source
  • May help in improving bone health in postmenopausal women(controversial).
  • Maybe protective against breast cancer and prostate cancer.Research is going on.
  • Helps with certain menopausal problems.

#Truth 5

The Bad and the ugly of soya.

  • Soya has certain nutrient blockers

These are compounds which prevent your body from utilizing certain nutrients present in soya and other food.

Enzyme inhibitor:Phytates

These compounds are present in most beans and pulses. They form insoluble complexes with calcium iron zinc , iodine and prevents their absorption in the body. Soya has the highest Phytates among most grains and pulses.It does not break down with soaking or slow cooking(The way we remove Phytates from pulses)The only way to break it down is Fermentation. Soya milk, soya nuggets, soya granules, and soya dust have high Phytate levels.

The raw soya product is horrible to taste and smell. They add artificial flavorings, preservatives, sweeteners, emulsifiers, and synthetic nutrients. The cattle feed makes a tasty meat substitute for us. Just imagine.D oesn’t it make you want to take out every bit of soya from your kitchen? I did.

My kitchen is a Soya Free zone.

Free from soya nuggets, chunks, soya dust or soya milk.Even those promoted by celebs. But soy sauce, miso tempeh has much fewer problems.Tofu is in between these two as it is formed by a separate process.So yes, you can still have these but in moderation.

soya is abillion dollar industry

#Truth 6

Soya protein isolates  need:

  • Acid wash
  • Alkaline baths
  • Heat

The journey to isolate the soya protein makes it impossible to digest. It can get rid of many but not all the antinutrients. Imagine what’s going into your body as soya nuggets and soya chaap!In a diet where soya is the main protein source, FDA suggests fortification with extra methionine, lysine, vitamins, and mineral. So does that make this a good option?

# Truth 7

Health  problems by overuse of soya

  • Thyroid problems

Related  :Hypothyroidism prevention diet

  • Male infertility. Lower spermatogenesis counts in men on a majorly soya-based diet. Lower testosterone.
  • Irregular menstrual bleeding, endometriosis polyps
  • Kidney stones: Soya also has oxalate which with calcium forms insoluble compounds and cause kidney stones.
  • Brain atrophy. Research is going on regarding nature and process.

# Truth 8

Soya is present as the major protein source in most of the low lactose baby formulas. Don’t ever forget to read the label. Should you give soya to children? Soya has phytoestrogens. The good which protects against hot flushes cam cause many problems in children. It’s like giving them growth hormone ( HGH) supplementation.

All problems in adults are exacerbated in children. Baby girls may show sign of puberty very early. Cases of puberty happening at 3 years has made doctors careful about giving soy-based baby food.

I stopped drinking my favorite chocolate soya milk. Soya has a market share of 2 million in 1980 and 1 billion in the USA now. Do you think they are going to stop producing something which is making them rich? Do you think the people who produce soya milk drink it? Do you think their children have soya?

Think again. Moderation is always the key. Soya is not great, but it’s not evil in small amounts. The problem is knowing the right kind to have and in the right amount. What’s your opinion on the good bad and ugly of soya? Comment below to let me know.

Updated : October 2018

Disclaimer: Before making any changes to your diet kindly consult your Physician. This is meant as a general awareness post according to currently available research. Since medical science keeps updating we attempt to keep healthcare information updated as far as possible.Read full disclaimer.


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  1. Informative post. Soya is available as cheap source of plant derived protein source. Tofu is available in many supermarkets abroad. I guess key is to consume it in moderation within permissible limits, reading labels and consulting physician in case one becomes overly dependent of soya product.

  2. I seriously had no idea that soy bean has a dark side too. Since I am a vegetarian, I used to rely on Soy bean for the protein. But not anymore… Guess I will have to look for other sources of veg protein.
    And thank you Dramrita for sharing this.

  3. U made me aware of the soya in any form is vulnerable. Never knew, always thought it was great substitute of proteins for vegetarian. I as a user only use soya chunks often in vegetable subzi when greens are not around, now need to be careful

  4. I am not a huge consumer of soya, though I do make soya chunks subji sometimes, but that is rare. However, I am even reconsidering that now. Soya sauce is more frequent, but that’s also in moderation.

    Anyway, this was an eye-opening read. I had never realized that there might be so many downsides to soya, which is so often promoted as a super-food.

  5. I had always thought that soya was good for you and had no idea that it’s the fastest way to obesity. I don’t tend to eat soya nowadays. Very informative post and will be sharing this.

  6. Hi! I hopped over from Sirimiri (Mayuri’s blog). I have hypothyroidism. Long ago, I read somewhere that soy inhibits the functioning of the thyroid gland. So I removed it from my kitchen. I always check the list of ingredients on packets to make sure they don’t contain any soy. This was a good article.

    • Thank you so much for visiting my blog.Mayuri’s blog is such a pleasure to read .I am really glad you found the info helpful.Its very smart of you to check food labels.Thats one way of keeping us safe.Do visit again

  7. I am bit confused as I saw many articles before which list soya milk as healthy product but few Big sites like Authoritynutrition/livestrong etc says its not good. Even my daughter’s doctor prescribed that, when my daughter was just 1 year old and she diagnosed with Lactose allergy, So her doctor suggested us Zerolac Milk, Which is a Soya milk. My daughter drink that around 2 years and she is fine, May be due to they removed all bad content from it ? You can also view that at
    We also used to make Soya Chunk curry from a good brand, but someone told us, these are animal food not for humans. Even nothing such written on the package. OMG…

    Now a days i am trying to lose some weight and thinking to add Soya milk in my protein diet, now as it has so many drawbacks, will not add that. Thanks Dramrita mam for listing all points with examples and references.

    • The brand you mentioned has a considerable amount of soya .Lactose intolerant childrein are often given that .Its ok till 6 months but after that not ideal .Excessive phtoestrogen in soya causes hormonal problems.If baby is 2 try others like casein and whey protein after consulting with your pediatrician.All soya info you can check from the refernces I have given.Soya curry not a good idea.Soya milk absolutely not good.
      Exercise ,balanced diet should help you with ypour weight issues.Thanks for reading Seema

  8. Wow! I only knew Soya was good for you. this is an eye opener for me. I had been on a diet once where in I was given soy amilk instead of the dairy one and I had hated it, plus tofu was unbearable. So gave up soya since and am so glad that I have….

  9. Great post ! Very informative! I like soy and try to add it in my diet once a week but I was not aware so many facts about it! I need to be careful about it! Thanks for sharing !

  10. I was shocked when I read that soy milk is the fastest way to obesity. Many people promote it as a healthy option that is a great alternative to diary.

  11. Gosh this is shocking. I give my 4 year old soya milk regularly .. I never knew that there was a possibility that it may not be a healthy option. I would research it a bit more .. thanks for sharing this!!

  12. Soy beans are so difficult to digest that they must be processed (whether industrially or by you at home, but that’s not recommended). But even processed, there are so many downsides to soy that I wouldn’t consider it a healthful food. It’s high in protein, yes, but it’s very high in unhealthful substances as well, including a high proportion of Omega 6 oil to Omega 3, and polyunsaturated fats are damaged by the kind of processing needed to make soy remotely edible

  13. Soy beans are so difficult to digest that they must be processed (whether industrially or by you at home, but that’s not recommended). But even processed, there are so many downsides to soy that I wouldn’t consider it a healthful food. It’s high in protein, yes, but it’s very high in unhealthful substances as well, including a high proportion of Omega 6 oil to Omega 3, and polyunsaturated fats are damaged by the kind of processing needed to make soy remotely edible.

  14. Good lord! I did not know so many things. I am allergic to soy and even otherwise don’t like the taste of it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • It’s definitely one of the doubtful health fads.The research definitely is not supporting use of soya milk.
      Glad you found it useful.

  15. And my Dad used to tell me that it is chicken curry which he had made, just so that I will have Soya! 🙂 Good that it is not a favorite of mine. Wuld have it only once in 6 months or so! 😛

  16. Omg, I’m shocked to read all this, as I also like soy milk. I’ve heard that we should eat/drink soy with moderation, but based on what you wrote, soy seems to have more negative effects than positive… Better be careful… Thanks for sharing!

  17. Oh I need to check the ingredients then… There’s no soy product in my kitchen from what I know. I remember reading an article about Soya and since then stopped eat. Soyabeans are so cheap that I remember it was cooked almost every week in our hostel mess. Thanks for sharing this.