What’s the deal with Soy

August 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm 1 comment

Happy Monday, my friends!

One of the questions I get asked most is about soy.

More specifically, is soy good/bad for me?

Personally, I believe it’s really difficult to be so black and white about a food such as soy. After all, it’s been a staple of Asian cuisine for thousands of years. But studies and the media have also shown that eating soy can lead to hormone and thyroid issues, breast cancer, and poor development in children.

So here’s the deal: there’s no right answer to this debate.

It’s more important to be educated about soy and then develop your own opinion based on your experiences.

Personally, I eat soy in limited amounts. ALWAYS organic. I tend to eat less processed forms of soy, such as tempeh, and tofu on occasion. I limit the amount of fake soy (ie soy protein) because even though it’s soy, it’s definitely not natural. And I don’t over-indulge.

I urge you to read this fantastic blog post by Dr Mark Hyman, one of my most favorite and well-respected integrative nutrition experts. He summarizes the research out there and does a great job of telling you what’s what. If you read the comments on the end of the post, you’ll see that everyone has an opinion about soy (and some pretty strong ones, too!).

So, once again….what makes your body feel good???

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  • 1. Seth Cooper  |  August 17, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Fermented soy products like tofu have been a staple of Asian cuisine for thousands of years. Highly processed soy, which is found in pretty much every processed food in America, is suspect just like every other highly processed food. Soy milk may also be suspect, especially for women, because of the isoflavones screwing with estrogen.

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