The Pros and Cons of Soy Consumption
by Jen Aguirre
Soy is high in soluble fiber, Omega 3 fatty acids, and phytoestrogens.
Phytoestrogens have been shown to keep healthy levels of cholesterol, help reduce
bone loss during and after menopause, and to help prevent cardiovascular disease.
Soy also offers the highest amount of protein in the plant food group. For example, a
half cup serving of tofu contains about 18 grams of protein! Not to mention, it has
no cholesterol, as animal protein sources do.
When the Asian diet was examined, it was found that Asian women had virtually no
hormonal problems. Subsequently, they also had lower rates of osteoporosis and
cardiovascular disease. This may be in part to the fact that soy has been proven to
lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels substantially. This evidence was so
significant that the FDA endorsed soy manufacturers health claims.
With all the good, there has to be some bad, right?
Some studies say that the consumption of excessive estrogens as well as the
isoflavone Genistein can wreak havoc on the male reproductive system, which can
lead to boys being underdeveloped. Because this isoflavone affects the endocrine
function, it can also lead to overdevelopment in girls. Excess estrogen has also been
linked to cancer, especially that of the breast. In addition, out of all of the legumes,
soy has the highest occurrence of allergic reaction.
So this begs the question: If the people of Asia have reaped the benefits of soy for
so long without the unfortunate ailments listed above, how can it be bad? Reports
have shown the major difference is Asian cultures typically eat fermented soy
products and do so in moderation. Also, the soy products here go under rigorous
processing, unlike the natural products consumed in Asia.
In the US, soy is mass-produced to meet the demand. As a result, it is probably one
of the highest genetically altered food products on the market. Also, unless it says
"Certified Organic", it is treated with a staggering amount of pesticides. Not to
mention, this processing leads to the formation of highly toxic carcinogens called
nitrosamines. Soy is also treated with solutions that have a high aluminum content,
which is extremely toxic to the body.
Perhaps the best way to reap the benefits of soy is to ensure that you are buying
"Certified Organic" products. In addition, moderation is also key. Too much of a good
thing can be bad if discretion is not used. The rule of thumb seems to be that if you
want to enjoy the same good health of the Asian culture, eat the same type of soy
they do: fermented. Use your discretion and do further research if the jury is still out.
About The Author
Jen Aguirre is a '' and was voted the best ' ' in the whole East Bay. Her hard work and dedication has helped her
change the lives of many men and women in the San Francisco Bay Area.
When it comes to soy, there is so
much conflicting information out
there it can be confusing to know if it
is good or bad for you. It was once
heralded as a Super Food and the
answer to the vegetarian's prayers in
terms of protein. Now, reports are
showing that it may not be all that its
cracked up to be. Is soy a friend or
foe? To eat or not to eat? The
following information may help you
make an educated decision either
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