Is soy turning America’s children gay?

A website called World Net Daily (whose name cleverly disguises the fact that it is a mouthpiece for right-wing extremists) published a piece yesterday calling soy “a devil food” and claiming that feeding it to young boys can cause them to turn out gay.

Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality. That’s why most of the medical (not socio-spiritual) blame for today’s rise in homosexuality must fall upon the rise in soy formula and other soy products.

So what point am I trying to make here by quoting this drivel? Simple: don’t believe everything you read on the internet, especially when it comes to health news. First and foremost, common sense should prevail. If soy turns people gay, why isn’t the whole country of Japan homosexual?

Secondly, know what the source of the “information” you’re reading is. If there really is anything to this claim about the penis-shrinking effects of soy, why is it that no legitimate news sources are reporting on it? Chances are not high that a politically-motivated bigot will have the inside scoop on health research that no one else has. It’s entertaining that Mr. Rutz is so concerned about the soy contained in processed foods in America, but not, say, the corn syrup that is just as prevalent and a major contributor to the country’s childhood obesity epidemic. Bottom line: get your health information from health professionals, not religious evangelists.

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    • Zandria

      That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard! (Coming from them, of course, not you.)

    • Saron

      According to the logic used by the people at World Net Daily, wouldn’t lesbianism be on the decline with this increase in consumption of soy products?

    • riana

      OMG, and good point Saron! LOL.

    • Katie

      This is most definitely garbage. But – I did hear on WI Public Radio a few months ago about the dangers of soy. I’d be interested to hear both sides of the argument on this blog.

      Thanks for the great veggie info daily!

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    • SolShine7

      I’d like to see more studies on the long term effects of a soy based diets. It’s going to take more than one study to prove if this claim is valid. There are always news stories reporting why we should or shouldn’t eat this or that food. It’s hard to keep track of what’s good.

    • Jul

      Katie – the one thing this farce of an article did for me was to spark my interest in all the real research results that are out there on soy. I’ll be covering some of them in future posts.

    • Arrow Del

      roflmao…if you read further, he says that soy sauce is okay, it’s just the fermented soy milk that does it…that was great, I needed a laugh today :D

    • Matthew

      Why isn’t the entire population of Japan gay? Why would they be when they consume way less soy per capita than Americans do? The population of Japan is 128,000,000 and they consume 4,455 tons of soy per year. The population of the U.S. is 307,000,000 and we consume 25,262 tons per year. With less than three times the population of Japan we consume almost six times as much soy.

      • J.

        Where are these stats from? Please name a source since it’s hard believe that Americans directly consume 25,262 tons per year. Is that number based on quantity grown in the U.S. & not consumed? Because the majority of the soy grown in the U.S. is fed to livestock/factory farmed animals that the average American then consumes through the animals meat and dairy.
        Phytoestrogen is present in ALL plant foods – not just soy. So to say that soy is feminizing the population is a load of bull when you’d have to include every single vegetable, fruit, bean, seed and grain in that study too.
        Think instead about all the hormones injected into cows, chickens, pigs, etc. which are banned in most other countries in the world.

    • Shawn

      im not sure what to think… when I was little i drank lots and lots of soymilk and am gay but my brother who didnt like soymilk is straight and it made me happy to have something to blame it on but it could just be a coincidence

    • Dr. Xb0x

      Fermented Soy is safe its the other stuff that you have to watch out for.
      The following list are fermented soy products. At a dinner the other night, my sister and I had brought up how we decided not to feed her children soy because of the estrogen like chemicals that are present in soy. The rich elitist people laughed and said we feed soy to our son all the time. Now there son a 13 year old boy has got some man boobs, and has some other feminine qualities. I didn’t say nothing but I am going with the proof is in the pudding. I’ll admit my mother was a wayward hippie and she fed me lots of soy, I got some man boobs as well.

      * Cheonggukjang
      * Chunjang
      * Doenjang
      * Doubanjiang
      * Gochujang
      * Miso
      * Natto
      * Sweet noodle sauce
      * Tamari
      * Tauchu
      * Tempeh
      * Tofu
      o Pickled tofu
      o Stinky tofu
      * Yellow soybean paste

    • Cris

      Dr. XbOx is correct when he said that you need to watch out for the non-fermented stuff. Unfermented soy, in the form of tofu, soy protein isolate, green soybeans, etc. is high in phytates, which block absorption of iodine.

      Matthew, the Japanese don’t eat the vast quantities of unfermented soy products that Americans do. You’re assuming all they eat is tofu! They mainly eat fish and rice – much, much more seafood than we do in the States. (The seafood and sea vegetables they consume are also a huge source of dietary iodine, which offsets any random bit of tofu they’d get.)

      I’ve read that Asian monks use tofu in order to quell their normal sexual desires. This was also used centuries ago by the upper classes to feed the peasants to keep their populations down. Hmm, I think I see a link here.