There are claims that suggest modest amounts of soy are safe, do you know how much soy you're getting? You will be surprised when you start reading the food labels. You're getting more than you think. It's hidden in so many daily products that when you add soy protein drinks and protein/energy bars you are consuming too much. Research is just scratching the surface about whether the dangers are real or not.

Promoters of soy products such as soy protein isolate, or phytoestrogens extracted from soy, usually fail to mention that soy products are goitrogenic to humans. That means they depress thyroid function. There are substances found in the soybean that inhibit thyroid function, leading to goiter and other adverse changes in the thyroid gland. Low thyroid function is associated with many debilitating diseases including cancer, difficult menopause, heart disease, fatigue, and osteoporosis.

If you are taking soy for your menopause, it is depressing your thyroid and it may cause you to have a more difficult menopause and unusual weight gain. Try eating whole nutrient dense foods including animal fats, but avoid processed commercial foods. Isoflavones can inhibit thyroid peroxidase (TPO), an enzyme involved in the synthesis of thyroid hormones. As their name implies, some research suggests that goitrogens can cause an enlarged thyroid, known as a goiter, by increasing the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone. People can get goiters and other thyroid problems from either an iodine deficiency or in some cases from iodine excess. Iodine is important in other areas of metabolic regulation.

We all are aware of Oprah's hypothyroidism. Did you know that Christiane Northrup, MD, author of The Wisdom of Menopause, has been Oprah's consultant, and is a big promoter of soy? Did you know she has hypothyroidism? Is this a coincidence!

If you are menopausal and gaining weight, did it ever occur to you that you could be developing a thyroid problem? I believe if Oprah removed soy from her diet and ate more whole foods and less processed foods she would lose the weight.

And, now I would like you to claim your free report and find out where the soy is hidden.

Author's Bio: 

Dianne Gregg, author of "The Hidden Dangers of Soy" decided to write this book after developing a severe allergy to soy and nearly dying. She has done extensive research on this subject and wanted to share this crucial information to protect your health. The fact of the matter is that soy is not the "health food" it's cracked up to be.

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