The Soy Debate – Is It Good For You Or Not?

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The Soy Debate – Is It Good For You Or Not?

The soy controversy is highly debated these days among nutritionists. On the one hand, soy has become extremely popular, and on the other hand, the potential health risks have also become widely recognized. So, is it healthy or not so healthy to consume soy products?

The known benefits to soy:

  1. It can be prepared in many different ways as an alternative to meat products.
  2. It’s a source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.
  3. Soy milk is a common alternative to cow’s milk for people who are lactose sensitive or lactose intolerant.
  4. Some studies have shown that consuming soy is helpful in increasing HDL (our good cholesterol) and possibly it has antioxidants that protect an increase in our LDL levels (the bad cholesterol).
  5. Even more recently, there have been some studies done on the isoflavones found in soy. Their estrogen like properties can support bone strength and improve the symptoms of women going through menopause.

The potential health risks to soy:

  1. Soy that is grown in America is genetically modified and usually not labeled as such.
  2. There are recent studies showing that soy contains phytoestrogens. If you consume too much soy in your diet you can actually produce too much estrogen in the body, which is especially unhealthy for young children and males. In women, this can lead to an increased chance of developing breast cancer or uterine fibroids.
  3. Soy phytoestrogens can also cause thyroid disease and an increased risk of autoimmune disease, especially in babies or young children. It’s a very popular alternative formula for infants when they can’t tolerate regular cow’s milk products.
  4. Many of the meat replacement soy products, such as soy burgers, are highly processed containing unnatural toxins and can contain high levels of unhealthy preservatives and high levels of sodium.
  5. Some people have an allergic reaction to soy and don’t feel well after consuming it or even develop hives or general itching. You may not realize it is the culprit because soy is hidden in a lot of processed foods.

The best you can do is educate yourself so you can make your own informed decision on whether or not soy is good for you and your family. If you do choose to consume soy, edamame is a good choice because it is not processed, as well as fermented tofu.

4 thoughts on “The Soy Debate – Is It Good For You Or Not?

    fightingfatblogger said:
    April 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    It’s such a minefield doing something as simple as eating nowadays. I was reading about the great Palm Oil debate and know that it has been used for thousands of years for lots of purposes and is regarded in countries where it grows as a cure all and an essential raw ingredient in so many recipes. Yet now it’s the subject of huge speculation and controversy and I know a lot of that is about its cultivation but even that is fraught with false or misleading information.

    We have to wonder what we’re eating today that we’ll find out is bad for us next.

      Erica responded:
      April 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!! I remember when margarine came out and I wouldn’t eat it and then they figured out butter was actually okay! Some days I feel like there’s nothing good to eat or drink (if you believe everything you read)….it gets a little depressing. I try to take a lot of the information with a grain of salt and go with my instincts. My personal feeling is soy isn’t good, but I know a lot of people think it’s okay. I haven’t read up on palm oil, but I thought it was bad! See there you go! A lot of it is how we process these foods to death now instead of naturally, so that plays a big role. Even water isn’t healthy ( :

        fightingfatblogger said:
        April 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        air isn’t healthy! What have we done to everything that was provided for us? It really is shameful.

        Erica responded:
        April 14, 2014 at 6:33 pm

        Have you heard of chem trails??? It’s frightening! I live in the Phoenix area where the skies should be blue most of the time and they get sprayed constantly. I get depressed some days about our air, water and food supplies ) :

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