CHOQ™ Talk: Beware Of Soy!
Just when you think “BIG SOY” can’t get any worse, we hear something else that fuels the flames of our crusade against soy in ALL of its forms (CHOQ is a SOY-FREE company). Whether you’re talking about GMO’s, horrible diseases like diabetes or heart disease, or estrogenic poison in our diets, soy is around every corner trying to erode our natural vitality.
In this post, we are going to focus on the oil extracted from the soybean, and why we all need to be on the lookout for soy-derived ingredients, and specifically for soybean oil, in EVERYTHING we eat, including supplements pushed by less discerning (or even malicious) purveyors.
What’s Up With Soybean Oil?
A popular form of vegetable oil, soybean oil, is extracted from soybeans. There has been a lot of over – exaggerated hype touting its health benefits, but there’s more you should know about soybean oil than what’s advertised on product labels. It could be very problematic, if not dangerous, to use in cooking, due to its complicated manufacturing processes and the presence of genetically engineered soybeans.
It really makes one think. How did this cheap cash crop from China come to be such a dominant part of the American and global food supply?
History and Uses of Soybean Oil
Soybean oil, alongside corn, safflower, and palm oil, is one of the most prevelant oils contained in commonly used vegetable oil. Extracted from soybeans that are very often GMO, the oil typically has a dark yellow or faint green color.
The earliest consumption of soybeans has been traced back to 11th century B.C where it was celebrated in China as a sacred plant along with rice, barley, wheat and millet. Soybean production expanded overseas by the late 19th century when the Japanese began importing soybean meal to use as a fertilizer.
Around 1908 the first shipment of soybeans landed in Europe. Interestingly, the arrival of soybeans happened in the United States earlier, occurring in the early 1800’s when the first US-based soy plantations were established in North Carolina.
Soybean Oil Consumption In America
Unfortunately, the mass consumption of cheap, soy-derived foods and soybean oil expanded faster than the science on soybean has advanced.
Soybean oil has been among the most used oils for fast food frying, packaged processed foods, and fed to livestock in modern times. In fact, in 2015 it was the most widely produced and consumed edible oil in the U.S. according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Currently, Americans consume nearly 30 billion pounds of edible oils a year. Alarmingly, up until 2016 soybean oil accounted for about 80 percent of that staggering number. The biggest wart may be that fact that soybean oil is a highly-processed, partially-hydrogenated oil that is, more often than not, processed extracted from genetically modified franken-soy!
Partially hydrogenated oils and trans fat are known health hazards on their own. Add in the myriad health concerns that come along soy itself, plus the prevalence of genetically engineered soybeans, and you can understand why some researchers say soybean oil simply is not fit for human OR animal consumption.
To put it into perspective, 94 percent of soybeans today are grown using herbicide-tolerant (GMO) soybeans according to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture.
Even The FDA Is Fed-Up With Soy
The good news is that in 2015 the FDA confirmed that partially hyrogenated oils (PHOs) no longer should be considered GRAS (generally reconginzed as safe.) The decision was handed down in an effort to address the concern that PHOs, the largest source of dietary trans fats, are linked to thousands of heart attacks and deaths every year.
As a result, food manufacturers were given three years to phase trans fats out of their products. The ban officially took effect on June 18, 2018.
On a positive note, one study show that the policy is working to decrease trans fat consumption in the United States. American food manufacturers were able to remove 98 percent of trans fat from the market.
However, the USDA extended the ban date to January 1, 2020, delaying the process of getting these tainted foods completely off grocery store shelves.
Understanding How Soybean Oil Is Used
The USDA notes that processed soybean oil remains the second most consumed vegetable oil in the United States, a close second to palm oil. Soy is still the largest source of protein for industrial animal feed.
Lecithin, a product extracted from soybean oil, is a popular emulsifier and lubricant used in many foods that also has several commercial and industrial applications. Often used as an emulsifier, it helps bind the chemicals in processed foods together to maintain a smooth and silky consistency.
Always check the labels on mayonnaise, salad dressing, margarine and non-dairy coffee creamers, as soybean oil is a commonly used ingredient. It is also the usual suspect in many processed foods, arguably the most toxic and damaging part of the American diet, contributing to disease, poor health and an overall lower quality of life
You also need to have a look at your supplements. Health product are supposed to help you stay healthy. Are you unknowingly taking a product with soybean oil or some other soy-derived ingredient that you do not want to consume?
Unfortunately, the PHOs in soybean increase LDL Cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels while simultaneously lowering your HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) levels, an obvious threat to the health of your heart and general well being.
Soybean Oil Linked To Diabetes & Obesity
A study published in 2015 in the journal, Endocrinology, observed mice fed three different high-fat diets: soybean oil, the “new” soybean oil modified to be low in linoleic acid, and coconut oil.
The University of California, Riverside (UCR) research team concluded that soybean oil induces obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance, and fatty liver in mice.
But since the banning of trans fat in 2015, greedy companies have been looking for new ways to produce a “healthier” soybean oil.
Modified soybeans have been engineered to not need to undergo hydrogenation when processed so that trans fats are not formed. However the notion that you can make a “healthy” soybean oil based on the fact that the Oleic acid found in NON-GMO olives, for example, has been linked to lowered risk of heart disease isn’t exactly founded in science.
In fact, the same UCR group discovered that even if soybean oil is engineered to be low in linoleic acid, it still induces obesity and insulin resistance, although its effects are far less severe. On top of that, they found that high-oleic soybean oil harms the liver.
The crazy thing is that high oleic soybean oil raises OTHER health concerns as well!
Soybean Oil Triggers Genetic Changes In YOUR BRAIN!
The bad news about soybean oil never ends! It appears the UC Riverside team is back at it again. In addition to promoting adverse health conditions such as diabetes and obisity, new UCR research demonstrates that soybean oil may also affect several unenviable neurological conditions like depression, anxiety, autism, Alzheimer’s disease.
Unfortunately for those who think you can product a “safe” soybean oil, research shows that the consumption of both the modified, high-oleic soybean oil and the unmodified soybean oil can trigger changes in around 100 genes!
One such change results in a decrease in a key hormone, oxitocin, that is often referred to as the “love” hormone. In the same study, UCR researchers found that both the new, and supposedly “safer,” high-oleic soybean oil and traditional soybean oil trigger genetic changes in the brain!
In particular, the scientists have discovered that soybean oil produced harmful effects in hypothalamus, the control center of the brain responsible for regulating a number of critical processes, including metabolism, body temperature, stress response and physical growth.
Although it is not certain that soybean oil will cause all of these diseases, these findings show that soybean oil may compromise normal brain function and may contribute to number of undesirable neurological conditions.
Is Monsanto In On It?
You might like to know and understand that the new high-oleic soybean oil that is being promoted as a “safe” version of soybean oil is derived from soybeans that have been genetically-modified by Monsonto, a well-known company that has not exactly been honest about their product’s potential risk to the human population. How can something that is brand new and so different from what we have consumed for millions of years be certified as “safe” so quickly? We’re talking about our very DNA being at stake and all of the generations to come.
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