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Another Soy Myth Exposed

You may be hearing more details soon along the airwaves about a recent study that found eating soy protein regularly could reduce a woman's chances of succumbing to breast cancer by as much as 22 percent. The findings were part of a meta-analysis of a dozen epidemiological studies relating to soy consumption and breast cancer in women around the world. Other surprising findings:

  • Soy protein consumption seemed to be linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer in pre- and postmenopausal women.
  • Teenage girls who consume soy early in their lives may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer later on.

Don't believe it for a minute!

Even though studies like this one certainly appear to sound credible on the surface, there's one major flaw that's usually connected to most all research that endorses the safety of a harmful product like soy: An undeniable tie to industry and commerce.

One of the co-authors of this recent soy study serves as the director of cancer research for The Solae Co., a firm that filed a petition last year with the FDA to make the claim consuming soy protein reduced one's risk of hormone-related cancers. So forget anything resembling an unbiased view here...

Fact is, folks, soy isn't a health food at all. In fact, a study I posted last found isoflavones or phytate had no beneficial effect on reducing oxidative damage or favorably changing blood lipids in postmenopausal women.

Other serious health problems associated with eating processed soy, contained in more than 70 percent of all supermarket products:

More reasons I strongly recommend you read my recent interview with Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of the groundbreaking book The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food.

International Journal of Cancer Prevention, April 2005, Vol.1, Issue 4: 281-293

Nutra Ingredients USA April 13, 2005

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