I posted, What about soy, on February 21, 2013. Weight loss hypnosis clients frequently ask me about soy, especially tofu, My answer hasn’t changed over the years.
Soy is in many food products and is difficult to avoid. My wife is allergic to soy and so we try to not bring it into the house. Because of her allergy, we never cook with tofu. Since I am not allergic to tofu, I will occasionally (maybe six times a year) order a meal in a restaurant that contains tofu.
If you do a quick Google search for health risks and benefits of soy, you will see that it is a controversial subject and you find a variety of opinions. In the videos below, you will see differing opinions from Dr. John McDougall and Dr. Michael Greger.
For me, 99% of my food does look like God made it. It looks like it was dug our of the earth, picked off a plant or bush or out of a tree. I’m OK with the small amount of soy that I consume. As I wrote on February 21, 2013, “Read the material, watch the videos and then make your own decision.”
Could Eating Too Much Soy Be Bad for You?
Scientific American, November 3, 2009: New studies suggest that eating large amounts of soy’s estrogen-mimicking compounds might reduce fertility in women, trigger early puberty and disrupt development of fetuses and children.
Soy is ubiquitous in the American diet. Over a quarter of all infant formula sold is made with it, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration promotes it in foods to reduce the risk of heart disease. School lunch programs across the country are even adding soy to hamburger patties.
Many of soy’s health benefits have been linked to isoflavones—plant compounds that mimic estrogen. But animal studies suggest that eating large amounts of those estrogenic compounds might reduce fertility in women, trigger premature puberty and disrupt development of fetuses and children.
The growing body of research in recent years raises questions about possible risks to women trying to get pregnant, as well as to developing fetuses and infants who consume large amounts of genistein in formula, some researchers said.
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