The Next "Big" Soy Product?

More recently, I've developed an keen interest in the processed food industry, largely due to its massive contribution to the obesity epidemic and their ability to sell products that claim to protect or enhance your health, even though most actually do little more than endanger it. That's why this news item about "a lag" in new soy-based foods caught my attention.

Even though soy-based products have moved into the mainstream -- often sitting side-by-side with frozen meats, milk and other foods in most grocery stores -- industry observers believe product sales could be a lot better. Much of the growth in soy products took place during 2001-02 when retail sales jumped 18 percent. The past two years, however, sales have risen by just 6 percent, prompting their concern.

This anxiety is a little surprising, considering how good a job the industry has done to fool people into believing processed soy products are actually any good for you at all. In fact, one consumer interviewed for the story strives to get 15 percent of her daily protein intake from soy.

Much of the earlier growth had to do with the FDA allowing food manufacturers to advertise their soy-based products as heart-healthy six years ago. But industry groups like the Soyfoods Association of North America are now lobbying for permission to insert a new claim that soy products may lower the risk of certain cancers.

Before you believe sales pitches that tout soy as a near-perfect food, I urge you to review the many pages I've devoted to the dangers of processed soy products on my site, including an article I wrote last year. Some of the hazardous effects of eating soy products may include:

Soy's few redeeming qualities are found primarily in fermented soy products like tempeh, miso and natto and soybean sprouts.

Yahoo News February 25, 2005

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