You're gonna be soy surprised with this email

Ever been stuck in a plane, circling the airport?

Imagine doing that for a month.

Cuz that's what's happening to the crew on a ship going round and round in the Pacific Ocean since July 6.

It's carrying over $20 million dollars of American soybeans.  That's 70,000 tons!

How many tofu blocks does that make?  This inquiring mind wants to know...

Rush as it tried, the ship can't dock cuz it missed the deadline by 30 MINUTES before China hit back at Trump's initial round of tariffs on Chinese goods.

With the 25% tariff China is now imposing, it would add an estimated $6 million to the cost of importation.  

So they're twiddling their thumbs out on the big blue hoping the trade war will blow over.  

For now, they'll bite the almost $13,000/day cost. 

The cost of a luxury ship stay...without the luxury.  Maybe they'll start serving soy lattes to the crew.

Anyhoo, I bring this up cuz of how soy is touted as some health food...

Think again.

Here are some of the reasons why soy (organic or not) is so bad for you:

  • Over 90% of soy grown in the US is genetically modfied (GM).  What's the big deal?  They're Roundup Ready - engineered in the lab to survive being sprayed otherwise lethal amounts of Roundup herbicide.  We can thank Monsanto for both GM soy and the herbicide Roundup.
  • Excessive amounts of soy can interfere with thyroid function which is critical for hormonal regulation.
  • Soy contains phytoestrogens - plant compounds that resemble human estrogen.  Evidence shows they may disturb endocrine function, cause infertility, and promote breast cancer.
  • Soy prevents the absorption of certain minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc
  • Research indicates that GM food may not necessarily cause harm in the person eating it but can show up in the second or third generations! GM soy effectively sterilized the third generation of hamsters.  Yes, you're not a literal hamster but I'm sure you feel like one in a hamster wheel sometimes. :)

Most soy products are to be avoided but there is an exception to consider.  And that's fermented soy which is actually a health food.  The fermentation process breaks down the harmful products so go ahead and eat in small quantities:

  • natto
  • miso
  • tempeh

Edamame is fine when you're eating at sushi restaurants since it's so occasional.

Remember to avoid unfermented soy such as:

  • soy milk
  • soy protein found in many protein bars and protein drinks
  • tofu
  • soy oil
  • soy cheese
  • soy ice cream
  • soy yogurt
  • soy "meat"
  • soy lecithin
  • soy sauce

Soy is eaten for its protein.  But if you're fixing on improving your egg quality as you TTC naturally or prepare for your next IVF, there are far superior protein sources.  To learn more about them, check out my Fertility Top10 ...

All my best,
Julie Chang, L.Ac
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

Think different to be different... "The pizza-wheel is actually an infinity knife." - Anonymous, via Reddit :)

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