The Dark Side of America's Favorite "Health" Food

Over the past decade, media has promoted the belief that soy food is the key to disease prevention and maximum longevity, and the possibility that an inexpensive plant food could prevent heart disease, fight cancer, fan away hot flashes, and build strong bodies in far more than 12 ways is seductive. The truth, unfortunately, is far more complex. Soy foods come in a variety of forms, including many heavily processed modern products. Even good forms of soy foods must be eaten sparingly--the way they have been eaten traditionally in Asia. Most important, many respected scientists have issued warnings stating that the possible benefits of eating soy should be weighed against the proven risks. Indeed, thousands of studies link soy to:

  • Malnutrition
  • Digestive distress
  • Immune-system breakdown
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Cognitive decline
  • Reproductive disorders and infertility
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease

Unfortunately, Americans rarely hear anything negative about soy. If you're looking for the truth about soy, I encourage you to take the time to read the below article. It's packed with plenty of important soy facts that will likely surprise you. You can also read through my soy index page to learn more. But as it says in the article, the bottom line is that the safety of soy foods has yet to be proven, and that human beings have become guinea pigs.

Mothering Magazine May/June 2004



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