Column by: Kavita Jhaveri-Patel


What I am about to share is a little known fact that I am stoked to share with you. So many people don’t know the dangers of this ingredient, and it is in nutrition bars, protein powders, cereals, meat substitutes and lots of other food products.

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine, I see her often and every time I see her she is usually eating this one nutrition bar, it looks extremely healthy, it even said greens on it (which I usually love).

Then one day I was curious so I took a look at the ingredients and saw that there was a specific ingredient that was so not good. So, I told her about the ingredient and she asked what could happen by eating it. I told her some symptoms are headaches, stomach aches, or even the runs.

She then revealed that when she ate the bars every morning for a week, she had severe stomach cramps. I told her it was because of this ingredient….SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE.

There are millions of people every day eating protein or energy bars, thinking they can be a meal substitute or to help them lose weight easily, and I am here to tell you this is not a method to lose weight by accident. Energy bars that have ingredients that you can recognize and have no soy protein isolates are totally good for you it is the other stuff that I worry about.

Soy protein isolate sounds harmless when you see the word on the nutrition label, but it is far from harmless. Soy protein isolate is included in lots of products, because manufactures like to tout increased amounts of protein. We exist in a protein obsessed market, therefore people will buy a product purely knowing there is more protein in it.

Here is Wikipedia’s definition of soy protein isolate:

“Soy protein isolate is a highly refined or purified form of soy protein with a minimum protein content of 90%. It is made from defatted soy flour which has had most of the non-protein components, fats and carbohydrates removed”.

Basically soy protein isolate was created in a lab; not in a garden or a farm. Because the soy protein is separated from all the parts of the soybean that help to digest the protein, your body has no clue how to handle it. So, your body expends a ton of energy trying to digest this unknown product, which then sends your body into emergency mode, makes you tired, and suddenly bloats you.

So check out the ingredients on EVERYTHING you buy. If it says soy protein isolate then stay away!

The energy bars I do recommend are Kind Bars, Larabars, and Bora Bora Bars.

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Body confidence expert and health and lifestyle speaker Kavita Jhaveri-Patel. She has been featured in Time Out New York, Healthy Style NY, and has been mentioned on FoxLive News. Receive her free report 7 Mistakes Most Women Make When Trying to Lose Weight and How to Avoid Them by clicking here.

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