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Soy - Good or Bad?

So now soy is bad for you, according to a new book "The Whole Soy Story" by Kaayla Daniels. According to the book, soy is one of the top 10 allergens, has estrogen-like properties that can increase risk of breast cancer, cause hypothyroidism and can actually promote obesity.

The suggestion is that the soy industry has been promoting soy as a healthy food option when in fact it is one of the worst beans for human consumption.

Who knows what to believe any more, but this book was pretty compelling.


Wed. Aug 15, 5:26pm

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I've read articles on this subject, many of them. Yes, it has pretty much been determined that soy has estrogen in it. Also, if you drink soy milk, all the stuff they put in it to make it taste good is NOT good for you. (sugar, sweeteners, thickeners, artificial color). I wouldnt touch it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 6:28 PM

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I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be bad for you. This always happens.

One study will say a food is beneficial because of the research they've done on people in some remote country where the natives have been eating it for thousands of years. Then the next time you are in the supermarket, that ingredient is in everything from milk to makeup. We all buy into the hype and then BAM! This just in.....the ingredient is useless. I'm so sick of it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 8:24 PM

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Soy in moderation not all processed is probably fine...the problem is many people eat it processed in many forms several times a day.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 8:27 PM

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Soy can be ok if eaten with an animal protein, and in moderation. Soy is an anti-nutrient and can interfere with the digestion of protein. I'm taking a nutrition class taught by an RD and she talked about this just yesterday.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 1:20 PM

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It's just scary to learn how something which has been promoted as healthy and good for you with all the hype around it and then learn that it not only isn't , but could be unhealthy. We put warnings on alcohol.. alcohol can be good for you, but if abused it is bad. I have seen no such warnings on soy products.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 2:16 PM

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2:16 why focus only on soy? There are so many unhealthy foods that you probably consider healthy. For example 1 egg yolk will put you over your recommended intake of cholesterol for a day.

Let me not start on cow milk that has been derived from sick animals (Finland is the only country in western world which cattle is healthy-took them a lot of years too), full of pesticides and hormons.

I agree that soy derivatives are to be avoided, plus, now they put soy in evertyhing, even things you normally wouldn't conisder to have soy in. Read your ingredients.
As for tofu, generations of Asian people have been eating tofu, tempeh and soy milk, without consequences. The argument that soy is antinutrient, doesn't sound very convincing to me.

I eat soy, but I buy organic, and I limit 1 package of tofu for week (for two of us) and I drink soy milk organic with natural ingredients no colors or such stuff.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 2:42 PM

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organic and in moderation

Soy is a huge cash crop for the US and is full of pesticides. The estrogen connection is getting more research now, too.

Soy has been in the Asian diet for centuries, but not in American quantities...and not full of pesticides. But as the above poster demonstrates with the 1 package of soy/week - everything in moderation.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 3:34 PM

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this concerns me b/c i eat tofu about 3 times/week. I googled it and there are several references backing up earlier studies relating it to cancer (esp in women). very scary.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 4:01 PM

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2:16 here

I am only focused on soy here becasue that is the topic of the thread. It doesn;t mean that I am not concerned in general.

I am not sure that agree about eggs ans cow's milk, however. Eggs are nutritious, and again, in moderation are healthy. As I do not have a cholestoral issue, the fact that I have an occasional egg doesn't seem to me to be an unhealthy choice.

Cow's milk is perhaps another story since I know that dairy farmers sometimes use hormones to increase production of milk. But organic milk, since I have no issues with lactose, provides the benefit of calcium and protien (I drink non-fat) .

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 4:26 PM

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2:42 here

Soy is under attack right now, but before that there were eggs. Now eggs are acceptable again. There are millions of nutrients in the foods that interact in different ways, we pick 1 or 2 and decide if the food is healthy. My motto is everything in moderation. There are a lot of people who will jump on the bandwagon to critisize or approve certain food or fad. Just because someone wrote a book doesn't make they are right about what they are talking about.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 4:49 PM

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