EU ban of soy “milk” and the results for the German health

Export of soybeans from the US is correlated with the percentage of sick staff in Germany

According to information from a small internet platform called Retaildetail the EU has banned the names of soy “milk” and tofu “butter”. The European legislation is clear in this case: milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt and cream have to be from animal descent. “It can be misleading to use these names to refer to organic alternatives, even if the label clearly indicates its organic nature.”
Whether this restriction from Brussels is good or bad, it could have an impact on the number of vegetable products sold under animal names. But what does this have to do with the health of the German population?



In the last few years, sick leave in Germany has risen sharply. The reason for this is either an improvement in labour law conditions, so that employees tend to dare to stay at home during illness, or an actual increase in the number of deseases in Germany. How is this statement linked to the fact that Germans are increasingly switching to vegetarian alternatives to their beloved animal products?

Does soy make you sick?

As Germans cannot grow their own soy they have to import it from the US, for example. In this case we found out that the number of soy exported from the US (and maybe imported to Germany) is highly correlated with the percentage of sick staff in Germany. To answer the question: We haven’t found any evidence that eating soy in general makes you sick. Just keep an eye out you’re not eating soya grown in the USA.

Sources:
Export of soybeans: Statista
Percentage of sick staff in Germany: Statista

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