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Soy: what Soy-free is really about

Wondering why soy-free is considered healthy but so is tofu? Or why people pay more for soy-free products at all? And especially in, umm, chicken feed?! Let me walk you through the 2 big reasons we chose to go soy-free so you'll have less things to go "hmm" about.

1. The Planet

Motivating, right? Who doesn't love the planet? From a mass ag perspective, soy is not environmentally friendly. We can get real science'y here, but I'll summarize to say that a key feature to the success of the planet is biodiversity. Too much of one thing (crop, animal species, or say... carbon) throws the innate balance off and big consequences follow. With soy, two big concerns involve bees and the Amazon. Bees frequent soybean fields and are negatively impacted by the pesticides used. This is no small impact and is a topic discussed and examined, including catching the attention of the United Soybean Board. Global detriment from deforestation is also attributed to high soy demand.

2. Your Health

Evidence has been shown suggesting that soy can be both potentially beneficial and potentially harmful for our health. This topic gets confusing fast, as it depends on which health aspect we examine. So without getting into a big human health topic, we can summarize it to say that many who are concerned with the impact of their diet on their health are choosing to avoid soy products. For years, I have felt that the culmination of my personal review of research is that I'd rather stay away from significant soy intake and use alternate means to safeguard my health, like ensuring good antioxidant intake and sticking with organic nutrition.

Research has shown that isoflavones, which are concerning phytoestrogens of soy, ARE transferred to eggs when hens eat soy. So big picture is that frequent intake of soy could negatively impact health, so we choose to avoid the daily intake of it through eggs by being soy-free in our flocks. Healthy eggs, healthy us.

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