Soy is such an unassuming and harmless-looking legume. What reason could I possibly have for pulling it from Corban’s diet? Read on to find out more about phase three of Operation Clean-up.
Here was our Operation Clean-Up 101 (phase three): Soy
Soy is one of the most controversial foods in the world today, and when you begin a clean-up diet for your child, controversial foods should raise red flags and motivate you to look more closely. Questions about soy abound. Is it safe? How much should we be eating? Is it really a super-food? These questions are important because everywhere we look, the soy bean is lauded as a cheap, low-fat, cholesterol-free source of high-quality protein.
While whole soybeans are a good source of protein, in this country we don’t eat the whole bean. The majority of soy in the U.S. is processed to make soybean oil; and the waste product from that is then used to make soy protein, which shows up with all nutrients stripped away in our processed foods. The fact is that most people in the United States are eating a lot of soy without even knowing it.
Here are some quick facts about soy:
- Soy contains phytoestrogens, which are plant-based compounds that can interfere with hormones in the body
- Soy has phytic acid, which prevents the body from absorbing important minerals, like magnesium (which many of our ASD children are already alarmingly deficient in)
- Soy blocks enzymes that are necessary for the digestion of certain proteins
- Over 90% of soy produced in the U.S. is genetically modified, and the crops are sprayed with the herbicide Roundup, which has been found to be toxic to human cells.
So for these reasons—hormone interference, GMOs, pesticides—soy is something we’ve excluded from not just Corban’s diet, but from all of our diets.
Results: This clean-up phase was a hard one to measure, as we didn’t see any obvious or significant change in behavior. However, for all of the reasons mentioned above, the whole family feels better about restricting the amount of soy we consume.
Suggestion: Watch labels for: soy lecithin, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, texturized vegetable protein (TVP), hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and any other phrase containing the word ‘soy’.