If you have been following health journals recently, you may have heard about soy protein and some of its dangers.
You may not realize it, but soy protein is found in many food products, including commercial-raised eggs.
So why is there not a bigger deal made about soy protein?
The main reason is that soy protein is one of the keys to commercial chickens, eggs, and other animal feed being able to be mass-produced cheaply and quickly. This then provides higher profits to the farmers and manufacturers involved.
In this article we are going to look more in-depth at what soy protein is, why it’s found in commercial eggs, and some of its health issues. We will also discuss why pasture raised eggs are also soy-free eggs.
What is soy protein?
Soy protein is simply protein that is derived from soybeans. However, the key principle with soy protein is that it is one of the cheapest forms of protein to produce, and therefore it is used in many animal feeds.
Why is it so cheap?
In recent decades, the production of soybeans in North and South America has been increasing for several reasons:
Large tracts of land in South America, as well as the central United States, have been cleared and/or logged for soybean production.
GMO and other modified types of soybeans have produced larger crops of soybeans.
The influx of soybeans has driven down the price of soy protein.
Because soybeans are relatively cheap, soy protein is one of the cheapest ways to introduce protein into animals, specifically through animal feed.
Why is soy protein in eggs?
Soy protein finds its way into eggs primarily through commercial chicken feed.
As was already mentioned, soy protein is one of the cheapest proteins due to its large production and cheaper price. This helps keep feed costs lower, and therefore eggs can be mass-produced and sold at a lower cost, which in turn helps commercial farmers be price competitive.
However, some commercial chicken feed also has soy protein in it due to recycled vegetable oil being used in the feed as a filler.
That’s right, many egg-laying chickens are eating recycled frying oil from restaurants!
Not only is soy protein cheap, but it also helps chickens grow rapidly and lay the maximum number of eggs at their peak. This helps commercial farmers’ profits because the chickens mature quickly, lay more eggs during their prime, and then can be replaced quickly.
So why is this bad for the consumer?
Due to all the soy that most chickens consume, soy is found in commercially-grown eggs that are not pasture raised eggs.
In fact, chickens are omnivores, which means they should have some natural protein in their diet (such as bugs, worms, and insects), and not only agricultural protein found in soybeans and corn.
What are the dangers of soy protein?
Many health dangers have been linked with soy protein, but we are going to look at three of the main dangers.
Food allergies: Many people experience food allergies or irritability with soy protein. Because soy protein is found in commercial eggs, many people think they are allergic to eggs. However, they are probably not actually allergic to eggs but simply the soy protein found inside the eggs.
Irregular sexual development: Studies have shown that consuming soy can cause
irregularities in human sexuality, particularly in children’s sexual development.
Imbalance of Omega 3/6 protein: Too much soy causes an imbalance of the omega 3/6 proteins by creating too much omega 6 protein. This excess omega 6 protein can cause heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. Soy-free pasture raised eggs, on the other hand, are high in omega 3 protein and can help bring the omega 3/6 proteins back into balance.
So what can you do?
The best thing you can do is purchase soy-free pasture raised eggs. These eggs may cost a few dollars more per dozen, but the health benefits to you and your family will be worth the extra cost.
Pasture raised eggs are soy-free because the chickens are not eating commercial chicken feed. Instead, their food consists of natural bugs and insects around them, as well as the grasses and plants that surround their mobile pasture.
Contact us at Stoltzfoos Layers to order your pasture raised eggs today!