I remember the first time I attended a gluten free…
Ever since I was the #wellnesschat guest on Twitter to discuss soy and its implications for our health, I’ve been fielding a lot of questions. I’ve decided that it would be helpful to have one place to send everyone; instead of continuing to regurgitate the same answers and research over and over (I’m starting to feel like a mother bird). Soy seems to be one of those foods, like cilantro and little yapping dogs, that results in very divided responses—you love ’em or you hate ’em. Even more so, you think it is the healthiest thing since oxygen or the most dangerous substance since asbestos. We have been inundated with soy propaganda that has held it up as the holy grail of foods, because like corn, it is easy to grow and highly subsidized. Thus, like corn, it is in everything and anything that is used so abundantly must have pretty intense PR to keep the pubic happily munching down on their soy. In fact, soy is in two-thirds of all processed foods!
I rarely eat soy and put it in the category of “to be consumed very, very occasionally only” where other things like white processed sugar, agave, processed foods and foods stored in plastics reside. It is not in my personal “never-ever zone” where gluten (I have a food intolerance to), MSG (food intolerance), high fructose corn syrup, artificial food dyes or Cadbury Cream Eggs (ugh… disgusting) permanently live. It’s a food that I believe should only be consumed in moderation, regardless of what category of consumption it falls in for you.
Soy is Not a Health Food—The Dangers of Soy
There is a lot of conflicting research out there regarding cancer (does soy prevent or cause it), heart disease (prevent or cause) and brain damage (prevent or cause), which the verdict is still out on. There is plenty of research that goes both ways, but with enough research on the negative side that should give anyone pause. But there are some things that are certain and provide certain reasons to place soy in your own “to be consumed occasionally or in moderation only” list and I’ll give a brief review of the literature here for those and make suggested alternatives: