I was reading an article in the August/September 2015 magazine Mother Earth News. I was surprised to read how much soy is in the food products we eat today. I was also surprised to read that U.S. Consumers eat 1,000 times more soybean oil today than they did 100 years ago.
Soybean oil intake has increased dramatically for those eating the modern industrial food diet, and now research shows that this inexpensive oil contains high levels of a type of fat that’s unhealthy and contributes to the obesity epidemic. Soy has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and mental health problems.
The thousand-fold increase consumption of soybean oil began in the 1960s. No other food comes even close to matching the explosion of using soybean oil in processed foods. Even the meat and eggs we eat is saturated with soybean oil, because it is in the food they feed animals and birds.
Linoleic Acid: Omega-6 overload is the problem. Soybean oil is very high in Linoleic Acid, linked to obesity. Linoleic Acid is an essential fatty acid, but an excess is unhealthy. The U.S. Diet once contained 1 percent of Linoleic Acid before the 1960s, but now contains 14 percent. Eating an excess of this acid causes obesity in ourselves and in every succeeding generation.
The U.S. Government is paying the American farmers billions of dollars annually to raise more soybeans. We have become victims in this complex process that leads to ill-health. Only in recent years has the cover been lifted on the bad science about fats. We now understand that butter, lard, meat, and eggs from pastured animals provide the kinds of Omega-3 rich fat profiles that actually contribute to healthy diets.
After reading this article I began to read the ingredients on the packages of food in my pantry. I intend to discard foods that contain soy and eat a much healthier diet. I am not obese, but I have many health problems that could be related to soy products.