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Is Soy Milk Safe?

There has been a lot about soymilk in the news lately.  One minute it is the savior and the key to all that is healthy.  Remember how soymilk was touted as a better alternative to milk?  Then, all of a sudden, it was evil and had to be avoided.  What changed and why?

As it turns out, soybeans are one of the most genetically modified crops on the planet.  According to Natural News, GM soy accounts for 91 percent of all soybeans planted.

Is soy milk safe?

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In 1971, Monsanto created a product called Roundup.  It was, and is still used, to help kill weeds.  How does it know the difference between weeds and your crops?  It doesn’t.  The crops have to be genetically altered to withstand the effects of glyphosate, the product in Roundup.

As of yet, there has been no definitive study to determine the risks of consuming genetically modified foods. Soy itself is not harmful.  The danger lies in the way it is processed and whether or not it is organic.  If you can buy organic, it is probably safer.

When people started hearing about the dangers of soy products, it seemed like there was a bit of a panic.  All of a sudden there was a rush to get alternative sources.  Cow’s milk was out since it sometimes contains the growth hormone rbST and can cause stomach upset in lactose intolerant people.  That was what most people were trying to avoid by switching to soy milk in the first place.

However, today there really are a good variety of choices. There’s almond, rice, oat, hemp or coconut milk instead.  You will probably want to try them all to see which flavor you like best.  There are sweetened and unsweetened varieties.  I recommend the unsweetened since it contains the least amount of sugar.

Give a soy alternative a try.  You might be pleasantly surprised.

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