The first reason is that soy these days is found in so many items at the stores. If you want soy in your bars, truth is, you are probably getting enough soy in your diet already. And, it is my understanding that too much of this hyped-up bean is not so good for you. Over 60% of processed foods contain some form of soy.
My second reason, the most primary reason for not adding extra soy to our bars, is the disturbing controversy over the bean. You can argue with me about soy if you like, but my take is, why put it in there if you question it? Iâ€™m taking any guessing out, for you, and me, by not supplementing our bars with soy.
Soy is an easy to grow and cheap crop. It is now found in a plethora of foods, including the feed of the animals we eat. So, if you are not getting enough soy from soy milk, soy nuts, tempeh, tofu burgers, tofurkey, or the many processed foods which carry its byproducts, you may be receiving some of the disruptive effects of soy through the meats you eat.
There were a series of years that I was into soy . . . Iâ€™d drink soy milk, eat soy nuts, and liked too the flavor of the soy nut butter. I was trying to eat healthier with lots of vegetables and a good protein source, in the form of soy, or occasional lean meats. For whatever reason, I was also 20 pounds heavier and more lethargic during that time frame even though I exercised plenty.
Soy does have a history of being linked to poor thyroid function. Was that my case?Â Who knows, but now I avoid soy when possible thanks to reading up on it via the Weston A. Price Foundation.Â Instead I eat lots of peanut butter, pork, veggies, fruits, andÂ yes, my new favorite bar, the Stash Bar, full of flax, hemp, peanut butter, dark chocolate and oats.
And guys, do you know that monks have historically been known to eat soy to decrease their libido? Nice little tidbit to know, eh? But,Â there’s controversy over these effects too.
Price brings to light many studies on soy that are not well publicized. Soy is shown to be a cause of hormone and endocrine disruption; soy phytoestrogens may cause hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer; trypsin inhibitors in soy may cause pancreatic disorders; soy can promote breast cancer in adult women; soy has been found to be toxic to fetal, infant, and child development; soy can inhibit essential enzymes needed for growth; soy can interfere with prescribed hormone drugs.Â And as Gail Elbeck (Investigative Researcher) says â€œOverwhelming evidence reveals that the FDA continues to protect the multi-billion dollar soy industry over and above the good health and well-being of fetus, infants, and children. The FDA refuses to warn against the existence of massive scientific evidence proving beyond any doubt that developmental soy-poisoning is highly capable of destroying the good health and well-being of children and adults.â€
So, I will not add extra soy to our bars, no matter how many times people ask. Â No soy, no worries. I will admit though, for I am only human, there is soy lecithin currently in both the milk and dark chocolate of our bars. I am currently on the search for an organic milk and dark chocolate without soy lecithin that is delicious and that I can use in the bars. This has been not an easy task! People may call me a hypocrite because of the soy lecithin in the chocolate, but I can’t be without my chocolate vice. Believe me, I am trying to find the right chocolate and it had better taste good!
That is my short and quick spiel, and I hope it will peak your interest enough to investigate the foods you eat!
Next time, perhaps I’ll talk about microwave ovens.