Every time I think soy can't possibly get any worse, a new study proves me wrong. The latest research shows just how much this dangerous non-food sucks -- literally.
Researchers have found that soy plants can actually slurp toxic chemicals right out of the groundwater and then store them inside the soybeans.
That's right -- hexane may not be the worst thing in your veggie burger after all! (Click here to read more about this dangerous chemical found in soy.)
Researchers from the University of Toledo in Ohio grew two sets of soy crops: One in soil tainted with common pharmaceuticals, and a second irrigated with water contaminated with three drugs (carbamazepine, diphenhydramine, and fluoxetine) along with the two widely used antimicrobial compounds that I've been warning you about: triclosan and triclocarban.
Don't think for a moment that the study in Environmental Science & Technology was some overblown lab simulation, because U.S. waters are overflowing with this junk and so much more. Studies have consistently found antibiotics, sex-change hormones and rocket fuel in our water, just to name a few.
In other words, the "contaminated" water in this lab experiment was probably much CLEANER than what's actually used to irrigate the soy fields!
The researchers found that the tainted water had a much greater impact on soy plants than drug-laced dirt. In fact, once the crops matured, the researchers found triclosan and triclocarban inside the soybeans themselves.
That's right -- those are the same beans that are found in everything from common packaged foods to cattle feed. And if the cows are eating it, so are you if you eat their beef and drink their milk.
The study also found both antimicrobials and carbamazepine in root tissues, stems and leaves -- something to remember next time you hear a veg-head push soy leaves as the next big green for your salad.
But of course, even "clean" soy raised in perfect conditions will give your body a massive estrogen kick -- and that's why all that soy in the food chain is directly responsible for much of our overall poor health (and for the early puberty in girls that I told you about on Wednesday).
If you want to keep your family safe, keep soy off the plate and install a reverse-osmosis water filter on your home.