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Are soy milk and other soy products safe in light of the recent negative news stories?
by Healthsoup

Are soy milk and other soy products safe in light of the recent negative news stories?


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Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

Like most things that have to do with nutrition, soy in our diet is controversial. One hand you have the health benefits, such as complete protein source, low calorie and may reduce cholesterol and risk for heart disease, but then you have the potential negative health effects which include the possible infertility, premature puberty, GMO ingestion and maybe even cancer causing. And to make things even more complicated, many of the studies that have been done are on mice, not humans, and the amount of soy consumed is much greater than any human would normally consume.

Soy is a plant protein that contains all of the essential amino acids necessary for your body to function properly. The soybean, Edamame, is a nutritional powerhouse with significant amounts of Manganese, Selenium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin B6, Folate, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1) and Vitamin K. Soy is also used in many other foods such as tofu, milk, meat substitute products, tempeh and miso.

Should you include soy in your diet? The majority of current studies show that the typical amount consumed by most Americans is not only safe, but may also be beneficial. Again, it comes down to eating a moderate amount (1-2 servings) of a real food.


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