The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla T. Daniel

The Whole Soy Story

A groundbreaking expose that tells the truth about soy that scientists know but that the soy industry has tried to suppress. Soy is not a health food, does not prevent disease and has not even been proven safe.Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, even heart disease and cancer.

Details The Whole Soy Story

TitleThe Whole Soy Story
Release DateMar 1st, 2005
PublisherNew Trends Publishing
GenreHealth, Food and Drink, Food, Nutrition, Nonfiction, Science

Reviews The Whole Soy Story

  • Cathy
    Whatever you think you know about soy will be turned upside down with this book. For starters, haven't you heard that in China, people have been eating soy for thousands of years...and see how thin and mostly healthy they are? No cancer to speak of (at least in non-Westernized areas). Long life. Gotta be the soy, right? Not really. As a matter of fact, most non-Westernized Asian people eat soy very sparingly. And when they do, it's been fermented...
  • Catherine
    I only made it about 1/3 of the way through this book, but I had gotten the point by then. Daniel argues (convincingly) that soy is not the magic health food that the food corporations claim. She presents excellent (and detailed) evidence to the contrary. The only safe way to consume soy, she argues, is in its traditional, fermented forms: tofu, tempeh, miso, and soy sauce among them. The problem is, the versions of these products that are sold i...
  • Wellington
    Book focuses way too much on the chemical and manufacturing process of the soybean for me. I did a learn a lot from the history of the soy bean - and more importantly the history of the marketing of the soy bean. The best parts of the book were the stories shared by soy-eaters. Well, ex-soy eaters. Then I skipped the rest to get to the ending ... which was tucked away at the end of a chapter. I was hoping for more. But since I did skip most of th...
  • Jessica
    I'm giving up soy. You don't have to pile on any more evidence to convince me. I gave up high fructose corn syrup about 10 years ago, and it's one of the best things I did. Soy should be much easier. It's unfortunate that there is only one brand of chocolate I've found that's soy free. Anything this toxic shouldn't be available in almost every manufactured 'food' product. The book is well reasoned and researched. And like Gary Taubes, she just gi...
  • Kristi
    If I could give this book zero stars I would. I stopped reading this book a third of the way in. It is obvious that Kaayla Daniel has a hidden agenda. Her writing is biased, she gleans information and manipulates it to suit her viewpoint and she's a terrible writer. Don't waste your time. There's got to be a better source of information about soy products and the industry.
  • Julie
    the complete history of soy and everything you ever wanted to know about it. Fermented soy is good, regular is bad in a nutshell.
  • Jodi
    This book provides very well written and easy to take in information on why soy should be eaten only in the traditionally fermented forms (tempeh, natto, miso) and only in very small amounts, if at all.The facts on soy are shocking. Not only are the many health claims made about soy extremely dubious, there are many serious concerns about its safety as a food.Soy is hardly the health food it is promoted to be by the soy industry and in the highly...
  • Kirsten Hobbs
    Eeek! This book scared me out of my kitchen. As someone who used to feed my kids a massive amount of soy each day, (in consequence of their allergies to dairy, eggs, and various nuts) I have now made some drastic changes to cut back on the amount of soy we eat around here. You know, I am not a scientist. And I am a skeptical enough person that unless I do the testing myself, I will never really know for sure who to believe with all this health an...
  • Janine
    I did not find this book easy to read. I glossed over much of it and still felt that I got a pretty good understanding of what Raayla Daniel was conveying. Using a good dose of sarcasm and hostility towards soy and the industry, Daniel makes some good points of why soy isn't what it is hyped up to be. That said, most of the horror "soy stories" told of horrific health reactions based on a either a complete soy over-consumption, those with allergi...
  • Burlgurl
    I was equally delighted and horrified to read this book. I will admit that I did not read the entire book. It was a bit too thick for me, so after reading the first half, I picked which bits I wanted more information on. Regardless, the long and short of it is that I am now completely off non-fermented soy products. This means, sigh, no tofu, no soy milk, etc. As a person-with-female-hormones, and with my family history of female-based-cancers, i...
  • Christy
    I hope and pray that everyone is now learning how devestating eating soy in non-trational forms is. Traditonal forms of soy are fermented soy sauce, natto, miso and tempeh. Period. There are 41 pages of small print references to back up the mountain of horrific evidence presented in this book. Very thorough. I taught a class based on this book at my chapter meeting and don't feel like waxing long in a review, but could if I really wanted to. Mayb...
  • Richard
    A comprehensive study of a common weed that we all thought was or is good for health. Some parts of the book go into medical detail that might be hard for the reader to get through but it is well worth the extra effort to be exposed to this complex commodity. The basic message of the book is that there are 5 elements to soy that should not be consumed.The differences between hydrogenated and fermented soy are profound and should not be ignored. T...
  • Jodi
    This got really academic and difficult to read in parts, but I am still giving it 4 stars because the material contained within is so amazingly important. What a fascinating read, I will never look at the entire soy industry to same again.
  • Fed
    This book woke me up. We talk about soy a lot as a health food, which it is. But, not the way we produce it, process it, and consume it. Great book for taking some myths out of people's beliefs.
  • Marie
    People everywhere need to read The Whole Soy Story. It allows you to see what our government really does and how little they care about taking care of its people!
  • Grandma Judy
    Tells you why you should eat anything that's soy (soymilk, soy flour, tofu, etc.) unless it's slow-fermented soy (tempeh, miso, natto).
  • Sheela L
    So well written. I always feel apprehensive prior to reading any scientific or biology / anatomy / physiology based text because it is practically written in a foreign language! But it was not so erudite or esoteric with how the ideas were presented. I always suspected excess soy proteins and 'fancy' soy foods were bad news. If at all, if one ever would like to have a soy based product, I definitely see now that fermented, minimally processed soy...
  • Trisha
    This book is very detailed and a must read for anyone who consumes a lot of soy. The Japanese fermented soy is not the same! Especially if you are considering using soy formula- there are many reasons that soy will wreck havoc on your body.and studies to back it up.
  • Selma
    I found this book chock full of information, so much so that I need to read it again.There are so many negative affects from Soy products, and I was shocked to find how soy is found in so many common products. A real eye opener.
  • Elizabeth Mcnair
    Everything you want or need to know about soy. . . .
  • R
    Always good to read things that contradict one's beliefs to rethink or sharpen one's thinking.An interesting read, with a chapter-by-chapter approach to a chemical in soy, then an explanation of how it affects human physiology (usually in nebulous quantities), then an anecdote of someone who blamed soy for a problem. Overall, not tremendously convincing.Or rather, it's convincing that soy has many effects on the human body. Many negative ones. Bu...
  • Julie
    Soy was touted as the greatest health food in the late 1990s, early 2000s. It was said to cure heart disease, prevent breast cancer, etc. Soy eaten the way most Asian countries traditionaly eat it is healthy, such as tempeh, soy milk, tofu, and miso. Adulterated soy eaten by most modern societies in the form of the cheap by-product isolated soy protein, found in most protein bars, cereals, soy protein powders is not healthy. This book makes compe...
  • Christine
    I didn't read this cover to cover, it tended to be quite redundant, by the time I was a third of the way through, I just started skimming for things I hadn't actually read yet. However, inbetween the redundancies and the abundant information of the process of the soy bean and it's products, was some startling information. In fact, the beginning was most intriguing, around the history of soy, it's advocates and of course the contemprorary "pushing...
  • Amelia
    The information in this book is "must know" but this almost 400 page book is a little long to read fully. Basically, stay away from soy. We're at the mercy of the government and food industry on the misinformation we're getting about the nutritional benefits of soy. It's a poison from being packed with estrogen(bad for men) and preventing the absorption of vitamins (called an anti-nutrient) it should be avoided at all costs. If you don't read thi...
  • Anna
    While I believe this book has a good message our society needs to hear, I don't think it's very effective at conveying said message in layman's terms. I got 2/3 of the way through before skimming. While the chemical aspect is interesting, it gets a bit tedious. I'll certainly keep this book to refer back to in the future.
  • Zippy
    This lengthy project contained much well-researched material, but the arrangement of it and the sometimes ridiculous conclusions drawn from it diminished its authority. Regardless, I recommend it for anyone who has children or who intends to have children, for vegans, vegetarians, and people who consume a lot of soy for any reason.
  • Rick Reno
    I got the point about1/3 of the way through, and have only picked and I bled at the last 2/3 or so. Too bad she's so biased and long-winded, because there's a lot of good hidden in this long, often boring tome.
  • Granny
    When I first read this book, I was really freaked out about ever consuming soy again. Soy is used in so many products nowadays, that it is difficult to avoid. Now, I'm not sure. Need to do more studying on the pros and cons. There is really a divided camp on this issue.
  • Astrid
    This book was very frustrating to me. There is plenty of interest to write about here, but the writing itself was uninteresting. The book also comes across as alarmist, anti-soy propaganda, rather than the exposee it could have been. Good topic, bad exploration.