SOURCE: Author Dianne Gregg

Author Dianne Gregg

January 15, 2010 11:39 ET

What Are the Hidden Dangers of Soy?

Expert Reveals That Soy Products May Not Be as Good for You as You Think

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - January 15, 2010) - Since the popularity of the soybean rose in the 1930s and 40s it has become known as "The Miracle Bean," because it has a wide variety of uses and could be grown cheaply and abundantly. Its high protein content made it a super charger for animal feed and the fact that it was practically tasteless and colorless made it ideal for processed food.

And of course, it's good for you, right?

Not so, according to Dianne Gregg, author of "The Hidden Dangers of Soy" from Outskirts Press ( Her research has shown that too much soy in your diet can cause symptoms such as nausea, bloating, gastric disorders, unusual weight gain, palpitations, shortness of breath and lack of energy.

"The image of soy is that it's this protein-packed guardian of health, but there is more and more evidence to show it's anything but that," she said. "Soy can cause thyroid damage, infertility, low testosterone in men, hair loss, digestive problems, early puberty in girls, and the development of breasts in boys. It's even been documented that prisoners in Illinois are getting sick because meat products have been replaced with soy-based products."

Gregg said there are three key tips for reducing your soy intake:

--  Stop feeding infants soy formula that has been shown to disrupt
    reproduction development and increase allergy risks.
--  More than 60% of the foods on the grocery store shelves contain some
    form of soy. Most sauces, broths, canned soups and salad dressings contain
    soy, although it is not always listed as an ingredient on the label because
    the product is used in processing the foods, as opposed to as a direct
--  Stop drinking soy milk and eating soy products, and use other
    vegetables as an alternative source for protein.

"It's time to safeguard our homes from these foods, and at the same time, demand the government stop giving big corporate farmers a free ride at the expense of our health," Gregg said.

About Dianne Gregg

Dianne Gregg, author of "The Hidden Dangers of Soy" ( decided to research the role of soy beans in our diet and its relationship to diseases after developing a severe allergy to soy and nearly dying.

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