I am really sick and tired of the rumors that soy foods are bad for you. I know there’s a lot of hearsay about how it can cause hormonal imbalances, and not be good for you, but it takes one fool to make people believe a rumor. Let’s debunk this noise with some facts and science! I really want people to know truth. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask me I will get back with you.
Soy products include tofu, some vegetarian replacement foods such as veggie burgers and Veggie “meats”, soy milk and edamame. Also Tempeh, Natto (known to be a good blood thinner.) and miso, which are said to be considered the better of the soy products because they are fermented and no trypsin inhibitors are used. The fermentation process of soy may improve mineral absorption and may give rise to other beneficial compounds, but nothing’s been proven that this process is superior to unfermented where trypsin inhibitors are used. In fact soy foods in China and Japan have been unfermented for the last thousand years.
Much of the aggressive slander about soy comes from the imitation estrogen in Soy called isoflavones. These Isoflavones mimic estrogen in the body called phyto-estrogen. While soy does not have estrogens, the isoflavones in soy are estrogen-like, and soy can function like estrogen to alleviate hot flashes associated with menopause and reduce bone loss. Also the isoflavones are asscociated with lowering cancer rates among Asians who consumed more soy than any other culture.
Soy products are a great source of protein and calcium, and has been repeatedly studied for having substantial benefits. Studies done by the FDA in 1999 and 2005 found soy foods safe were good in staying off coronary heart disease and certain forms of cancer. They’re rich in Omega 3 and 6, which help the immune and cardiovascular systems and also support brain functionality. It’s been proven to lower cholesterol, as per a USDA study. Research shows that isoflavones prevent the onset of osteoporosis and may protect against various forms of cancer for both male and female. In 1995 soy protein was recognized for lowering cholesterol and in 1999 the US food and drug administration approved the claim. From 1991 to 2000 a US study with thousands of woman with results showed in four studies show that post diagnosis soy intake improves the prognosis in woman who have had breast cancer. And, no, it doesn’t do anything bad to your thyroid. Studies done by the National Institute of Health in 2006 have shown it doesn’t affect it at all.
And there are plenty of benefits for MEN too. DO not believe the ridiculous rumors that soy is not good for you. Please refer to the scientific research studies of Mark Messina. http://www.soyconnection.com/sites/default/files/soy-mens-health.pdf
Or, if you don’t feel like clicking, here’s a quick summary:
The way the isoflavones work is to attach themselves to estrogen receptors in the human body and actually keep estrogen levels low. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine, hosts a highly respected medical journal called “Ferility and Sterility”. Recently they published an article and there was no evidence from the nine clinical studies done on humans that isoflavone exposure affected levels of estrogene in the male body. The studies also showed that the soy intake did not reduce sperm or semen parameters even at a higher intake levels. In fact there was a six month long study with couples that were having trouble conceiving proved men with a low sperm count to increase to normal and the couples were able to conceive. And if that wasn’t enough, research has shown that isoflavones prevent the onset of osteoporosis and may protect against various forms of cancer for both male and female.
Ten Great reasons to include soy for your kids
- Soy provides essential nutrients for growth and development such as calcium, zinc, iron and folate.
- Soy is a high-quality source of protein.
- Soy can provide added fiber to kids’ diets, which generally need a boost.
- The neutral flavor of soy allows for use with extreme flavors.
- Soy product development is possible for every imaginable food category.
- Soy blends well with other ingredients.
- Combining soy protein with cereal grains increases protein quantity and quality in cereal products.
- Soy is a cost-effective ingredient, making it ideal for food service and for products that fit into the family budget.
- Parents respond favorably to seeing soy on the ingredient label and consider foods containing soy to be healthy.
- Low-calorie, nutrient-dense soyfoods can help reduce malnutrition and combat the obesity epidemic.
In conclusion PLEASE consider the totality of the scientific research with humans not rodents. And FYI soy is MUCH better for you than meat! It’s up to you if you want to eat soy all the time, but keep up with the studies and don’t believe every rumor you come across. Unless allergic, which is relatively rare, soyfoods are a great part of your diet.:) SO NOM IT UP!!