Soyabeans – too much can be harmful

Soyabeans – Even a good thing can become destructive if taken in excess !


These days, there is an ongoing craze for soya products like soya milk, soya chunks, soya meal, soya powder, tofu etc. It is counted among the top in the list of healthy food. Soybeans contains full range of amino acids and  high protein content, making them an ideal supplemental source, particularly for vegetarians and vegans. 
But there is another dark side to soya, which many people are not aware of. Soybeans is one of the most genetically-modified crop, a full 80% of soybeans grown around the world is  genetically modified.
It contains natural Estrogen  and too much of this hormone can prove bad for men as there is risk of feminisation in men. Even though Estrogen is a female hormone, too much of this   can cause disruption in reproductive organs in females also.
Soyabean also comprises certain substances like trypsin inhibitors, hemaglutinin, phytic acid and aluminium which can be harmful to the body if taken in higher quantities. 
Trypsin inhibitors in soy products interfere with protein digestion and can lead to disorders of the pancreas.
The Hemaglutinin is responsible for clumping of red blood cells together to form blood clots.
Phytates hamper the absorption of certain essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron.
The phytoestrogens in soy products can cause hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroid diseases.
Soy foods also contain aluminium, that can lead to several kidney diseases if consumed in large quantity.

So the bottom line is eat or drink soya bean products in moderation.

Dr. Anita Mani
Infertility& Surrogacy Specialist at Gift IVF Centre


Dr. Anita Mani is a renowned infertility specialist in south India with 15 years experience in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). Dr. Anita has successfully set up ART hospitals in Cochin and Bangalore,  along with her spouse  Dr. S Mani, who specialises in surrogacy. She completed MRCOG, from Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist  London, DFFP from  ART Warwick university and  worked in UK for 5 years. Dr. Anitha believes in scientific and ethical practice and is currently the director of Gift Gyno IVF centre Cochin and  Bangalore.  Apart from advanced laparoscopic surgeries, she is also an expert in various ART techniques including IVF, IUI, ICSI , donor egg / sperm  and surrogacy. Her proficiency is in genetic abnormalities and high risk pregnancies.

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