Dangers Of Soy
Harmful or Healthy?
After doing quite a bit of research, it has become clear that society is on the fence when it comes to deciding whether or not soy is truly good or bad for you. From a surface level, soy is a great thing packed with high-quality protein, fiber, B-vitamins, zinc, iron, and many other phytochemicals that benefit your health but as you dive deeper some red flags begin to appear.
Soy protein lowers your total cholesterol by aiding your liver in the process of clearing the “bad” low-density lipoproteins (LDL) from your body. Switching out the meat and full-fat dairy products in your diet with soy products can lower your total cholesterol even more since you would begin to consume less saturated fat, and saturated fat is known to increase your LDL levels.
Soy can reduce the risk of breast cancer for women but only when they consume soy, at least one serving per day, during their childhood and their teenage years. Research provides evidence that consuming soy during adulthood does not reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Early research claimed that consuming soy helps maintain bone mass. Researchers came to this early conclusion because soy does contain isoflavones that mimics estrogen, which is known to help prevent bone loss. Recent research is showing that this early belief is actually false. Soybeans contain the phytic acid, which is a substance that naturally occurs in some plans that can disrupt the body’s absorption of bone-building nutrients of calcium, magnesium and iron.
For men, the isoflavones in soybeans that mimic estrogen can result in testosterone imbalance, infertility, lower sperm county, and increase the risk of cancer.
When it comes to soy, less is more. Many health experts suggest limiting your soy intake to one or two servings a day. There really is no other food out there that provides so many powerful nutrients in such a small package. Pound for pound, soy is number one in terms of nutrition. Now soy does have some downfalls so make sure to consume it in moderation.