Soy in Human Health
You certainly do not HAVE to eat soy products being vegetarian or vegan. But for many, options such as veggie burgers, soy milk and miso make convenient and tasty dishes.
Many questions about soy consumption persist: soy is healthy for men? And what happens to those who have breast cancer and eat soy?
So the Huffington Post has addressed some of the biggest myths of soy – and here are some things you need to stop believing.
MYTH: Soy is not a good source of protein.
Soybean is known to be a complete protein, which means that contain all the essential amino acids have to ingest food, because they are not produced by the body. A cup cooked soybeans contain about 22 grams of protein.
MYTH: products that mimic soy meat are nutritious because they are vegetarians.
Fact: Shaping soy something that looks like a chicken nugget or a sausage usually requires processing, which can lead to long lists of ingredients. Many of these products are also rich in fat and sodium. As with almost all foods, the closer the natural soy is the point of consumption, the better.
MYTH: soy causes breast cancer
Yes, some types of breast cancer grow in the presence of estrogen, and yes, soy can act like estrogen. But there is no direct link saying that soy causes cancer.
Among the observational studies in human beings which receive large quantities soy diet, the results showed that no link with breast cancer or at lower rates of disease. “(…) Studies in humans showed no damage by eating soy foods,” said Marji McCullough, strategic director of nutritional epidemiology at the American Cancer Society, wrote to the organization. “Moderate consumption of soy foods appears safe for both breast cancer survivors as for the general population, and may also reduce the risk of breast cancer.”
MYTH: Men should not eat soy.
Fact: Concerns about the activities similar to soy estrogen has caused concern that soy products can decrease testosterone in men, but clinical studies do not support this fear. There are at least two reports of men who underwent feminizing changes in their bodies (one of whom had type 1 diabetes) after consumption of high soy doses, but even at higher rates than the average consumption – higher even than the which is typical of Asian cultures – science has found no evidence to warn men against soy intake. In fact, men can also benefit from a little soy in the diet, a reduction of evidence in the risk of prostate cancer.