Jack sold the family cow. He should have been awarded
a Nobel Prize. He next planted a bean, climbed up the
stalk, killed a dangerous Goliath, and then came back
to earth with a goose who laid golden eggs.
Today we find many people attempting to warn Jack not
to plant that magic bean. Their advice: Don’t climb
the beanstalk! It’s dangerous up there in the clouds.
As more and more soymilk is consumed, replacing America’s
love affair with cow’s milk, more and more soy detractors
appear, cursing the miracle bean that will one day destroy
and replace the dairy industry.
Nations consuming the largest amounts of soy enjoy the
lowest rates of the big five: cancer, heart disease,
osteoporosis, asthma, and diabetes. Nations consuming
the greatest amounts of milk and dairy products have
the highest rates of those five horrible diseases.
Soy detractors are turning over rocks, looking for
creepy, crawly, and slimey demons to blame on soy.
Their latest claim is that soymilk contains phytates.
Oh, perish the thought, phytates? Quick, induce vomiting.
Call Poison Control. Where’s the stomach pump?
Even some vegetarians are knocking phytates. Beware of
soymilk, they warn. It’s got phytates. Aaaaaagh.
In order to fully understand the horrible dangers
presented by the phytate monster, I began a review of
the scientific literature. That led me to purchase a
book containing the very latest in phytate information,
appropriately named Food Phytates (edited by Rukma
Reddy and Shridhar Sathe, CRC Press, ISBN # 1-56676-867- 5).
I purchased my copy from Chips Books: 979-263-5683. You
can purchase the same book for about $100 + shipping.
I’ve learned quite a bit about phytates, and while I do
not claim to be America’s phytate expert, I now recognize
that phytates may be the 21st century’s miracle cure-all.
Critics of soymilk claim that phytates inhibit calcium
absorption, and should be avoided. Pages 30-34 of Food
Phytates contain charts revealing phytate contents
in various foods.
Since soymilk is the bone of contention, I chose its
phytate content to serve as a baseline for comparison
to other foods.
The percentage of phytates in soymilk is listed as 0.11%.
I’ve selected twelve other commonly eaten foods for
comparisons. Durham wheat, brown rice, corn, oats, white
rice, whole wheat bread, corn chips, peanuts, kidney beans,
cashews, almonds, and America’s “Breakfast of Champions,”
Let’s use common logic here. If any of these foods contain
more phytates than soymilk, they should not be eaten,
according to soy/phytate detractors, right?
Well, each food listed contains greater amounts
of phytates than soymilk. Here are the factors:
Durham wheat contains 8 times more phytates
than soymilk (0.88%).
Brown rice contains more than 8 times the
amount of phytates as does soymilk (0.89%).
Corn contains nearly 7 times more phytates
than soymilk (0.75%).
Oats contain nearly 4 times as many phytates
as does soymilk (0.42).
White rice contains double the amount of
phytates as does soymilk (0.23%).
Whole wheat bread contains almost 4 times more
phytates than soymilk (0.43%).
Corn chips contain double the amount of phytates
when compared to soymilk (0.24%).
Peanuts contain almost 10 times more phytates
than soymilk (1.05%).
Kidney beans contain 8 times more phytates
than soymilk (0.89%).
Cashews contain almost 6 times as many phytates
as soymilk (0.63%).
Almonds contain 12 times more phytates
than soymilk (1.35%).
Wheaties, contain nearly fourteen times more
phytates than soymilk (1.52%).
Now, let’s get to the point of this. In their
introduction and summary of the scientific
substantiation to follow, the authors
of Food Phytates write:
“Recent investigations have focused on the
beneficial effect of food phytates, based upon
their strong mineral-chelating property…The
beneficial effects include lowering of serum
cholesterol and triglycerides and protection
against certain diseases such as cardiovascular
diseases, renal stone formation, and certain
types of cancers.”
Jack’s beanstalk may produce the miracle
beans to cure mankind of illness. These
beans contain plant stearols and protease
inhibitors, lignans, saponins, and phytates.
The goose laying golden eggs is the soybean.
Plant your dietary foundation today by
making soy a part of your diet.