In Defense of Soy

soy beansYour diet and choice of foods to eat is absolutely critical to your overall health, strength and stamina and to your ability to be productive in all aspects of your life. It is important to learn about different foods and how they impact your health and don’t assume that what others tell you is accurate. To truly understand foods and ingredients, you almost always have to do your own research and I recommend you get your information from more than one source. A good example of the need to understand a food is soy which is praised by some dietitians and vilified by others.

A friend recently asked me what I thought about the many dangers of soy. Short answer is there are many benefits to eating soy and I am not overly concerned about potential harm from soy, since we don’t eat a lot and only eat certain types. I do however, always find the anti-soy noise a bit curious.

Like any topic where two opposing agenda’s exist, there is a plenty of misinformation strewn all over the net. To continue reading this article, click here

In the case of soy a lot of the fear mongering has been initiated by the dairy producers protecting their profits and there are big bucks at play. Add to this the fact that everyone has their own diet insecurities and many meat eaters don’t like to think that there might be foods that are safer than the ones they love.

Most of the anti soy articles on the net make claims without quoting sources or the sources that are cited are other articles without sources. I take it all with a grain of salt (excuse the pun).

Every single food on the planet from meats to fruits can be called toxic for one reason or another. This article puts it well when it says that you can argue almost any food is carcinogenic http://www.vegfamily.com/health/vegan-soy-information.htm

If I started with the conclusion that eating oranges and broccoli was going to cause cancer, I could actually find a number of articles that showed that a component of these foods (vitamin C) has been shown in some trials done on animals and cell cultures to proliferate tumors. I could then publish articles warning of the dangers of oranges and broccoli and cite these studies as “proof.” Of course, I would be going against the much greater body of evidence that shows the exact opposite effect.

By the way the article above also objectively analyzes each alleged issue with soy – beware it is detailed.

You have to balance the pros and cons of a certain food. As I said in our house we don’t eat a ton of soy, maybe once a week, but the the benefits far outweigh the risks. We eat soy in its traditional forms – edamame, tofu, tempeh and miso – and it is healthy. Fermented soy such (ie. tempeh) is very healthy and doesn’t have the phytoestrogen count that so many people are concerned with.  We avoid processed soy.

Even prominent meat advocates like Mark Sissons enjoy soy (see http://www.marksdailyapple.com/10-things-to-know-about-tofu/)

Frankly I think soy gets an unfair share of attention. Given that dairy and meat, are a bigger enemy to the body, with their high toxin and saturated fat levels (even lean meats), it is a wonder that soy gets so much press.

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