I am at a point where I question anything the government agencies tell us. FDA - a lot of what they tell us is hype, something to keep us addicted to sugars, grains, etc. I will do my research and believe what I learn. It is time we as consumers let the government and businesses know we do not want everything "they" think is good for us. It is my money and I am now in the business of eating healthy - organic, non-GMO, non-processed.
The majority of the soy grown in the USA is genetically-modified and for that reason alone I will not eat it. As someone who teaches genetics at the college-level I am greatly concerned as NONE of the GM foods have been adequately tested (despite what you have heard in the media). Independent studies have found serious links to environmental damage and health problems.
Before believing anything that is written on any website you need to do your own research. Evidence based practice shows soy to be causing children to have menarchy earlier than average and women to have harder times to get pregnant and going to term. I love Sparkpeople but please make sure to do your own research as well and to decide yourself what is true or not.
This article really helped me - Soy has often been a difficult subject for me. All issues clear after reading. Being older and in remission from Breast Cancer and on thyroid medications. Soy is not an option .
No-one has mentioned the way soy is extracted from the bean(?). The traditional way of extracting it means it's an extremely beneficial food for us. But as usual, ,Western manufacturers have taken this & found an easier and cheaper way to do this, thus making it a definitely bad food for us. There's lots of evidence I have read on the Net, which explains the different methods of processing it. Result? It's in almost all packaged foods, try finding stuff without it in there, look at the ingredients list. It's just like sugar. All the big corporations want is our money. I won't buy anything with soy in it. I gave up sugar, and soy. Now I feel good again, which I didn't before. I gave up sugar in Sept 2010, gave up soy about 5 - 6 months later. Glad I did. I suggest you all do you own research, then you can make up your own mind. I agree with the person who said where was the reference to the research? Good try, but not good enough.
Soy saved my life. I was born lactos intolerant. My mother could not breast feed me and I could not tolerate the regular fomula. It took the doctors about 6 months to figure out what was wrong with me. Once I was started on the soy formula I was fine. To this day I cannot tolerate milk. Butter, cheese and ice cream in small quanties are ok. I think I can tolerate them because of the processing.
Everyone must make their own choice to use or not to use soy. I do.
11/25/2011 4:56:07 PM
Really...the millions of asians consuming soy products have very little problems and happen to be some of the healthiest people in the world. I have eaten soy my whole life and it wasn't until I moved out on my own and started eating a more westernized diet that I started gaining all this weight. I'm Korean, btw, and we eat a heck of alot more than 2 tbs of soy products. Just saying, it might not be for everyone but shouldn't blanketed as a bad food.
Although I had a hysterectomy over 20 years ago, as little as a cup of soy milk will give me breast pain, "menstrual" cramps, the whole deal--just like the bad old days. I avoid soy like the plague and would never ever give it to a child--male or female.
I avoid SOY products as MUCH as possible....Soy should NOT be eaten like it is here in America. The countries where it originates from....the people do NOT consume it like we do. One BIG side effect of SOY, is HYPOTHYROID....That is such a HUGE problem for so many today, plus KIDS....could there be a connection between the injestiong of soy and all sorts of problems kids have today. Scarry.
In no way do I want to criticize this article.. But I'd REALLY like for there to be a bibliography at the end of articles like this.. Maybe a few peer reviewed journals? This is a current topic, and I'm sure there's new research being conducted on soy every day.. It's a cheap food source that can be made in bulk. The science of foods like soy and corn is always in a state of flux.. I'd love to see where you're getting your information (and who is funding the studies, to ensure impartiality!)
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