KNOW YOUR SOY

If you are a regular visitor of my blog than you must have read my post on 10 best foods. Did you see “SOY” anywhere???? NOPE….

This does not mean i “Hate” soy or that all soy products are bad.

There has been a big propaganda about adding soy protein in your diet to be healthy “especially for the vegetarians”. Even the advertising and marketing of the SOY products encourage this “SOY MANIA”. Is soy really that great to replace you traditional milk, paneer or cheese or nuts???? Lets see…

Majority of you do not know that there is a huge controversy going on in the nutrition community over soy. Studies and researches done on soy have shown that soy contains large amount of “natural toxins”. Remember toxins hamper our health. Among these toxins are the enzyme inhibitors that inhibit the action of those enzymes that are required for the digestion of ingested protein. The main controversy on this is that these same protease inhibitors are shown to have a cancer- protective effect.

Soybeans are shown to contain a substance called “haemagglutinin”. This is a clot promoting substance that causes the red blood cells to clump together. Soybean also contain substance called “goitrogens”. These goitrogens are shown to suppress thyroid functions. Soy also contains highest phytate levels of any grain or legumes studied. Phytates are shown to block the absorption of minerals. Fermentation reduces this so if you have to have soy product stick to miso or tempeh. (J.Bowden, 2007, pp 166).

Soy contains “phytoestrogens”. According to experts,these can be good or not – so – good depending on many factors including your age and sex.

“An article on soy protein infant formula by the journal of Pediatrics, Gastroenterology and Nutrition, suggested that soy protein formula had no nutritional advantage over cow’s milk protein and that “high concentration of phytate, aluminum and phytoestrogens might have untoward effects.” (J. Bowden, 2007,pp 166) “.

“The American Heart Association Nutrition Committee no longer recommend eating soy to lower cholesterol since April 2006. (J.Bowden, 2007, pp 166).” An article published in 2006 by Harvard Women’s Health Watch was titled “Soy: Not So Miraculous?”

The soy products that are associated with the Asian cuisine (Japanese especially), are completely different than the soy we have been sold. The Japanese eat naturally fermented soy foods like miso and tempeh and old-fashioned fermented soya sauce. They also eat it way less than what we might imagine. We once come to know something is good just go “GA-GA” over it and than every meal has soy product.

Oh and if you are a vegetarian you must be including those “SOYA CHUNKS” in your sabzies and gravies to hike the protein content of the meal. Well, well, here is a news for you. Agreed we don’t get tempeh and miso in india that easily but that doesn’t prove soya chunks to be superior soy protein choice. Soya milk and tofu are far more superior than the “CHUNKS”. Experts recommend not to make SOY the only source of protein in your diet.

So Soy does have its own positive and negatives. You can find a list of positives and negatives on soy consumption taken from the “Conclusions of Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D, based on her reading of more than 500 studies” :- http://www.radiantrecovery.com/soy4303html.htm

There are several studies showing that increased consumption of soy products can have detrimental effects on women health due to its estrogen content. There have been several research showing health problems in men consuming high amount of soya milk and soy protein products.

Until we have some strong proof/ truth from well performed research on the consumption of Soy products, lets not go crazy on adding soy in everything. Make wise choice of using soy in “moderation”.

Reference:

1.  Bowden, J, Ph.D., C.N.S, (2007). The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,Beverly,M.A.: Fair Winds Press.

2. www.radiantrecovery.com/soy4303html.htm

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