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To Soy or Not to Soy?

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To Soy or Not to Soy?

Almost everybody these days has an opinion about soy. One person touts soy’s incredible health properties and phytonutrients, while an­other indicates that soy is harmful to your health. What’s a person to believe? When it comes to soy, I think it’s important to weigh several factors before deciding if soy is right or wrong for your body, particu­larly since the issues may be different for different people’s bodies.

Soybeans have been eaten as part of Asian diets for thousands of years. However, most writers overstate the role of soy in the Asian diet, claiming that Asians eat far more soy products than they actually do.

In more recent years, large corporations began growing and harvest­ing soybean crops for large-scale food manufacturing. In doing so, many companies have adopted unsustainable practices such as using genetically modified soybeans, spraying plants with harmful pesticides, and even chopping down precious forest areas to maximize their profits. These types of practices not only cause widespread planetary destruction, they pose a threat to the health of people as well.

The use of toxic pesticides, many of which are known neurotoxins—they damage the brain and nervous system—is a dangerous practice no matter the food crop being sprayed. As for genetically modified (GM) foods, research is increasingly linking their consumption to serious health concerns—again, whether the crop is soy, wheat, corn, canola, or any other type.

Additionally, inadequate long-term research has been conducted on the effects of consuming GM foods; however, since 75 percent of foods found in your grocery store have been genetically modified, I truly believe that we are participating in a wide-scale uncontrolled experiment. And the effects may be seen in the skyrocketing incidence of disease. While there are certainly other factors at play with the disease statistics we are experiencing at this time in our history, over time I am confident that genetically modified foods, including GM soy and soy products, are at least playing a role in our rapidly increasing rates of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer, as well as many other illnesses.  But, many of these issues are industrial farming practices and government policy issues rather than the fault of the humble bean.

Another part of the love-hate relationship with soy is its high phy­toestrogen content. Phytoestrogens are natural plant hormones that mimic estrogen in our bodies. For some people these estrogens may help balance their hormones, particularly during the menopausal years for women who may be deficient in estrogens. However, these estrogens may throw off the hormonal balance for other people.

Keep reading to learn how soy may actually protect your body against harmful pollutants…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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5:56AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

I don't think soy should be ate. It's great as a candle though.

7:54AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Thanks for the info

5:59PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

As an asian, I'm slightly lactose-intolerant so have started drinking soymilk instead. Like anything else, a buyer needs to read labels.

4:22PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

I am on HRT and am on 4mg estradiol a day, the small amount of phytoestrogens I get from soy are barely noticeable. I cant help myself, I see edamame and its like candy to me.

9:10AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Thanks for the information. I think the usual rule applies - moderation in all things!

3:42PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012


8:16AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Rule of thumb with soy. Try to avoid it in processed foods when you can and when buying soy products look for labels that say GMO-free and organic. Unfortunately, there are no laws requiring companies to say they MUST have labels telling us they have GMOs.

2:56PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

I am allergic to some forms of soy, and I refuse to believe there is a fact that something is not good for all, I believe it depends on every person's body, so each one of us should learn themselfs to know what is good and what is not for one. is a journey to learn but very interesting!!!

2:42PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

OMG!. Soy: helpful but careful!!!

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