Beware of Casein AND Soy


Jen ~ Years ago I switched from dairy to soy products for the purported health benefits.  Within months I was suffering from digestive and reproductive hormone problems.  An enlightened physician reviewed environment and diet changes and proposed the soy switch as the problem — I returned to dairy and those problems went away. However, I also had a history of chronic sinusitis, skin sensitivity, acne, bruising, and lethargy. I am also bipolar and ADHD.  After reading about casein problems and mood disorders I removed dairy from my diet and saw an immediate and significant improvement in all of these problems. BTW The cystic acne problems were gone within 24 HOURS and only recur when I have dairy, and seem to correlate directly with high-fat dairy …

I wanted to let people know about my problems with soy because of the current fads touting soy benefits.  Soy protein can be as much a villain as other dietary sources if your gut or other biochemical systems can't deal with it.  And the phytohormones can cause problems for some.  DO NOT assume that soy is good for you.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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  1. I have been dairy-free, gluten-free, and egg-free for a couple of years now. I was tested for lactose intolerance via 30 minute blood draws a while ago and was told I was “100% lactose intolerant”. So off I went to buy some “non-dairy” Cremora for my coffee. But stomach pain and diarrhea still ensued, until it occurred to me that sodium caseinate was the problem. So I switched to soy creamers, but the problems just got worse- serious malabsorption, stomach pain, steatorhea, churning of my guts. I finally went back through the recent items i had eaten and had had trouble after, for any common ingredient that I may have overlooked, and I found only one: The culprit was carrageenan. This is a common emulsifier made out of red seeweed used to imitate the “mouth-feel” of whole milk in milk-free substitutes like soy creamers. I urge any reader to google it and read up on it if they’ve had similar prolems with soy creamers. It is a suspected carcinogen and is fed to lab animals to induce gi tract inflammation. It is bad news and hardly ANY soy creamers don’t have it. Many of he soy milk products have it also. You’re better off with rice milk or almond milk, but here again, look for carrageenan at the end of the ingredient list, and if it has it, stay away! My system is finally back to normal again.

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