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Why No Soy?

December 29, 2011

You’ve seen our packaging and know that our healthy chocolate drink, Mayesa, is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. While most of you are probably aware of the benefits of going gluten and dairy free in your diets, a soy-free product is not so readily understood.

For a number of years soy has been touted as the perfect health food – a natural source of high protein.

However, recently a number of studies done by reputable institutions, including Cornell University, are showing that, in fact, soy is can be rather dangerous.

It turns out that soybeans contain a number of disagreeable substances. These include:

1. Phytates, acids that block the body’s uptake of essential minerals such as like calcium, iron and zinc.

2. Potent enzyme inhibitors that block the uptake of trypsin and other enzymes that the body needs for protein digestion.

3. Hemagglutinin, a clot promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together so they are unable to properly absorb oxygen for distribution to the body’s tissues.

Soy has also been linked to the explosion of thyroid disease in this country.

According to Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD in a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, soy oil is the most widely used oil in the U.S., accounting for more than 75 percent of our total vegetable fats and oil intake. And most of our soy products are now genetically engineered.

Beyond these concerns, there has been a huge rise in soy allergies such as with wheat allergies. Soy is now considered among the top eight allergens that can cause an immediate hypersensitive reaction.

According to a number of allergy specialists, many soy allergy reactions can also occur up to 2 days after consuming soy products, including sleep disturbances, incontinence, sinus and ear infections, irritability, joint pain, chronic fatigue, and gastrointestinal upset.

We at Mayesa are dedicated to offering a product that is truly healthy – in all ways for all members of your family. And now you know why we proudly announce that both Cacao Original Mayesa and Cacao Mint Mayesa are soy-free! Everybody can use and enjoy our healthy chocolate drink.