What Are The Dangers Of Soy?

Hi, I’m Shawn, and I’m a recovering soyaholic (don’t judge me).

At Thanksgiving my family would gather together around the table, ready to carve into our very odd looking Tofurky.

I told myself that it tasted much better than it did, and powered my way through that heavily processed mound of angry soy meat.

It was quite an experience, I’ll tell you that.

Besides the holidays, I’d regularly consume soy milk, soy deli meat slices, soy sausage, tofu (in everything from wraps to stir fry), soy cheese, soy protein powder, soy protein bars, and more. Yes, I had a bit of an issue… and I’m mature enough to admit that now ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Because of the perspective I had at the time, and being so enthusiastic about soy, I probably wouldn’t have listened if someone would’ve tried to “educate” me about its potential dangers.

Whenever we’re passionate about something, we tend only look for things that support our belief, and automatically turn a blind eye to those things that go against it. Many of us will take it a step further and actually ATTACK other people that don’t agree with our beliefs.

They say that all truth goes through 3 distinct phases:ย First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

I bring this up because the discussion regarding the dangers of soy products can often become a heated one. It’s incredibly valuable to have a heartfelt opinion, but it is quite another to ignore the facts because you’ve already made up your mind about something.

The above video that I did with Be Well Buzz will show you, conclusively, that not only are the dangers of soy real, but they are potentially life threatening.

And If you think that you are not eating soy, then think again. Soy protein, soy flour, and dozens of other soy products are routinely added to foods that unsuspecting customers are buying everyday.

Some people might say, “Well, I don’t believe what this very attractive expert is saying ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to go right ahead and keep eating my soy… I haven’t had any problems. People have been eating lots of soy in Asia for years, and you see how healthy they are!”

First of all, people in Asia have not been consuming soy like you’ve been led to believe. The research and real life surveys of people from that part of the world tell us that soy has NEVER been a large part of their diet. It’s seen more like a condiment or an accessory to a meal when it’s used on occasion… Definitely not the glasses of soy milk, soy burgers, and soy ice cream that people are hammering down today.

Secondly, soy isoflavones and other potentially dangerous compounds found in soy are going to affect people differently. Yes, you might not have any noticeable symptoms yet, but the scariest part of the research is that the soy foods you’re consuming will likely damage your children much more than they will you.

In the video I site research showing that 2nd and 3rd generations given soy were progressively becoming infertile. We’re talking about the inability to reproduce, increased mortality, and chronic disease as a result of eating this new wave of soy foods. This has now become a serious issue, and this conversation definitely needs to be had.

Our ancestors knew that the actions we take now, how we take care of ourselves and take care of the planet, would heavily impact the well being of future generations.

Many of us seem to have forgotten about that.

So many people act in a selfish manner, and ignore the effects that their actions are going to have on their children, grandchildren, and beyond.

This is a call to action to get educated on this right now! Not just for our own health, but for the health and well being of future generations.

The actions we take today are that powerful, so enjoy the video, and make sure to share it with everybody you know.

So, what’s your take on soy foods? Do you feel that soy benefits outweigh the dangers of soy? Are you a recovering soyaholic like me? I’d love to hear about it, so leave me a comment below.

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  • Jennifer
    22 May 2013, 2:44 pm

    Hi Shawn, Thank you for sharing. My name is Jennifer and I too am a recovering soyaholic.

    After working with you I quit soy. Here are the results…
    I LOST FAT, gained energy, and felt less depressed.

    I am thrilled you are posting this! I know a lot of people who are transitioning from dairy and meats to alternatives. However, most are using soy products ( milk, yogurt, cheese, whipped cream, and meatless products made from soy). This will be a great article and presentation to encourage them to stay committed to their health while avoiding products like soy and using products from coconuts and nuts!

    Thank you for being so honest and sharing your journey with imperfections of the past. This really teaches me that even when I make a mistake with my health I still have the option to take action and correct them today.

    Love what you do!

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    • Shawn
      22 May 2013, 7:17 pm

      It’s great to have a SA (Soyaholics Anonymous) meeting lol. Sharing what you’ve experienced personally speaks VOLUMES more than any clinical data, Jennifer, so thank you.

      I just heard a great line yesterday that goes in perfectly with what you said, “I don’t believe in epic failure, I believe in EPIC LEARN.”

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    • Judith
      26 Feb 2015, 8:18 am

      Thank you Shawn it actually open my eyes now God bless you and give you more knowledge to continue helping those who have no idea.

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  • Kelly
    22 May 2013, 5:01 pm

    Yeah!! Another reason to avoid tofu!! I remember when I was a kid (quite a few years ago) and my mother decided to use these dehydrated meat flavored soy cubes in place of the real thing. They were disgusting and I vowed never to force myself to eat that stuff again. So low and behold my mother did me a favor!! Another great piece of information!!!

    Thanks!

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    • Shawn
      22 May 2013, 7:19 pm

      Awesome story, Kelly!

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  • whitney
    23 May 2013, 1:56 am

    Thanks for reposting this. I swear the synchronicity is amazing! I was just looking for this to send to a couple of my friends to listen to. Many people can’t believe that I am eating meat now, although I’ve never been a huge fan of soy. I get questioned about this all of the time, maybe this will help them in the same way it helped me the first time I listened to it. Thanks for your diligence in spreading the real truth.

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    • Shawn
      23 May 2013, 12:10 pm

      My pleasure, Whitney! And thank you so much for sharing with the people you care about ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Denise Wallace
    12 Jun 2013, 11:07 am

    Hi Shawn,
    i appreciate your information about soy. However, I don’t feel that ALL soy is dangerous. I personally believe “processed” soy foods are dangerous. immitation chicken, beef etc. I have never eaten fake soy foods. I only use non GMO organic “sprouted” tofu made fresh by an Asian friend. I eat it about twice a month. When I was menapausal, I drank organic soy milk when I hot flashed. I’m a female African American 60 yr. old and I have no health issues. Thyroid is perfect, I have healthy gut flora etc.

    I don’t doubt what you say may be true for “processed” over indulgence in fake soy products. But I wouldn’t loop all soy together. I believe “white rice” is dangerous but you advocate eating it. I don’t have to break down why the “white starch” is dangerous because you already know. Also white rice is processed. Why would anyone eat that Shawn?

    LOL I’m joking now but, don’t you think that if soy caused one to be sterile then why hasn’t there been an impact on population growth in Asian Countries where it is consumed. I know it’s consumed in Korea on a regular basis because it is fairly cheap and a staple for the masses.

    Again I appreciate you and the work you are doing

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    • Shawn
      12 Jun 2013, 9:22 pm

      Denise, thank you for sharing your voice. It’s seems, though, that you’ve missed on some of the things I showed in this video. Your experience is anecdotal… personal. What I’m showing here is the science.

      I mentioned specifically that even though you may believe that Asian countries use soy as a staple, it’s simply not true. It’s not even close to being true. That’s why there’s no population issues that you know about. On the other side, here in the U.S., men’s infertility alone is at an all time high with nearly 1 in 5 men are having fertility issues or are completely infertile. And don’t even get started on the women’s side…

      Denise, you said it clearly in your statement, but you probably didn’t realize it… you drank soy milk and it helped with your hot flashes. What does that mean? It was effecting your estrogen balance in a strong way. Is that normal? Well, most people take prescription drugs to get the response you were getting from a glass of soy milk. So no, I’d say it’s not normal. The same Asian countries you seem to know a lot about and how they eat, also eat white rice and not brown rice. Let me know when you figure that one out too ๐Ÿ™‚ It definitely took me a while to get over my religiosity and faulty beliefs about food, so you’re in good company. Just continue to share your opinion and be open, but also be prepared (like I am) to be wrong.

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  • Joy DuPuis
    30 Sep 2013, 11:10 pm

    The only soy products Asians eat are fermented soy foods like miso, soy sauce, natto and tempeh, with the expection of tofu in the miso soup. Although our Western diet has been swiftly entering their culture, historically, that was how they ate.
    Fermented soy has many health benefits, as do all cultured foods.

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    • Shawn
      1 Oct 2013, 11:54 am

      Thanks for sharing that, Joy!

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  • Larissa Postell
    12 Dec 2013, 1:13 pm

    Fantastic information and presentation! I was searching You Tube a couple of weeks ago for answers on this topic and came across this video. My husband and I watched it twice. We were already pretty knowledgeable about the dangers of soy; but the way you broke it down in this video clarified things even further. I’m so incredibly inspired by the work that you are doing. Your efforts have truly been a blessing to me and my family. Thank you!

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    • Shawn
      12 Dec 2013, 5:54 pm

      Larissa, thank you so, so, SO much for that. You totally made my day! I can tell that you’re an action taker and influence the lives of others with what you do, so adding value to a leader like yourself is really why I do what I do :).
      Thanks again!

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  • Rob Postell
    23 Dec 2013, 12:57 pm

    Shawn, Great Display Of Critical Information.I Always Felt That My Introduction To Soy Wa About 7Yrs. Ago While Dating My Wife. We Would Eat At Out Favorite Thai Restaurant And She Would Get This Incredibly Delicious Looking Dish Called Sauted Tofu. Of Course I Tried It And Liked It After Many Years Of Seeing It As Distasteful On The Grocery Store Shelves. I Began To Include Tofu In Other Thai Dished As Well As Baking It At Home. Lariss And I Are Very Into Eexersice And Decided To Get Very Intelligent About The Foods We Were Ingesting. Thanks To You & Others, Tofu Popped Up As A Big Concern And Really Hit Home Once We Realized That Its Almost In Everything That’s Processed. Gladly Now We Are Whole foodist. Your Video Really Opened Our Eyes And Forced Us To Go Whole Foods To Escape The Soy Madness. I Am Currently Organic, Grass Fed, Free Range, Rob w/ 0% Soy In My Diet. Thanks Shawn.

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  • 8 Apr 2014, 11:34 am

    Some health companies are promoting soy protein powders that use non-gmo, fermented soy. Is the quantity still a concern if the quality is adjusted?

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    • Shawn
      10 Apr 2014, 11:54 am

      That’s a good question, Jennifer. I’ve noticed over the last year or so that more companies are announcing that they don’t use GMO soy. That is a positive step for the sake of not endorsing GMOs and not experimenting with unnatural food manufacturing. Yet, as someone who’s interesting in being the healthiest person possible, the same potentially negative effects of soy still apply. There are just so many better things to go for than soy. Whole food proteins first. Protein powders fro hemp, pea, and/or egg would be ideal if taking a vegetarian approach. And, of course, super-dense protein foods like spirulina – http://theshawnstevensonmodel.com/5-benefits-of-spirulina/

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  • Monique Ducharme
    16 Oct 2014, 3:50 pm

    Hi Shawn,

    Just want to Thank You for the amazing work that you do. I so appreciate your knowledge, your commitment, your passion and your sense of humour.I look forward to hearing your voice as often as I can.

    Merci beaucoup.

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  • Nick
    22 Oct 2014, 1:37 am

    While I’m not a soyaholic, I have consumed a considerable amount of soy over my lifetime. I’m allergic to milk, so as an alternative to dairy milk, I drink soy milk a couple times a day. I eat everything else normally, but can drinking soy milk give me the same harmful effects even though my diet includes plenty of normal foods?

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  • adam Centurione
    2 Feb 2015, 9:03 pm

    Hey Shawn,
    thanks for the heads up. I appreciate the insight on the 3 stages of truth; interesting.

    I am too concerned with the nature of the affects of the food that is considered safe. Soy is a very cheap, industrially produced product that has been heavily modified to meet economic interests, and implemented into many aspects of our nutrition.

    While I was never a soy-addict, I was briefly consuming beans and powder regularly, and still eat tofu rarely, though that is likely to cease altogether.

    In addition to the dangers of Soy, exist the dangers of pesticides and hormones both in regular produce, and meat. It has been proven that any pesticides mimic estrogen at levels 1000’s of times more powerful ( I think) than plant estrogens. It has also been shown that steroids given to animals carry through into our own bodies when consumed, and can mimic estrogen. These realities are particularly dangerous to young fertile people, like you have stated.

    I hope everyone washes their vegetables very well, and eats organic meats and produce when possible.

    thanks Shawn

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  • Doris
    31 Mar 2015, 4:19 pm

    Thank you Shawn. I was mesmerized by this information. I could not stop listening. I was never very big on soy but now it will definitely not be a part of my diet.

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    • Shawn
      31 Mar 2015, 8:14 pm

      You are more than welcome, Doris. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Jeannette Somers
    22 Apr 2015, 10:19 am

    Hi Shawn,

    I so have appreciated all your podcasts immensely ….this was specially good to hear since my daughter has consumed soy since she was an infant and now is a vegan so getting enough protein is a challenge for her and I have taken notes and e-mailed her the info… As a Health and nutrient conscious Pharmacist I always approached what most people would consider unorthodox approaches to health, but you’ve proven scientifically how beneficial your research has helped many. Keep up this great work, I’ll be listening!!!

    With warmest regards,
    Jeannette Somers

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