02 May Soy Controversy, is it bad for health?
I was craving for “Tou Fu Far” (Soy Custard) and went on a hunt for it. While sitting down enjoying this amazing dessert I was thinking we should add this to CleanBites menu.
So like all CleanBites food I started to do research on its health benefits, I had heard about soy’s controversial health benefits before and only today had I had a chance to fully read up on the findings.
Soybean will not be part of CleanBites recipe.
Soy has never been a health food – it was just marketed as one! – Trish Blascak
Soybeans can be eaten whole, with the immature types being called edamame. Soybeans must be cooked, as they are poisonous when raw.
Soy eaten in moderation is fine but in large quantities is why the controversy has started because now soy is being produced on a large scale in the United States and is being used in all kinds of processed food there. In fact they have even created new food like vegetarian burgers, sausages, textured vegetable protein (TVP), soymilk, soy cheese, soy ice cream, soybean oil , soybean flour etc.
Fermenting soy neutralizes the toxins allowing the soybean to become a highly nutritious food which can actually help build the body’s digestive and immune systems. However, it should be duly noted that even fermented soy products should be consumed only in small to moderate amounts. Fermented soy examples are soy sauce, tempeh, miso, and natto.
I started with reading this a more negative perspective but really good article because the reference all their statements the examiners article which are more positive and finally the mercola interview very smart way to think about soybean.
- Soy is the only common plant food that contains all of the essential amino acids (a complete protein) – unlike any other vegetarian protein – and because of this it has been considered an excellent substitute for animal protein.
- Soybean oil has no cholesterol and can be easily hydrogenated to make margarine and other vegetarian products.
- Tofu contains phytates that block mineral absorption, and trypsin inhibitors that block protein digestion.
- Soybeans are very rich in Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which can cause problems.
- The isoflavones found in soy can activate and/or inhibit estrogen receptors in the body, which can disrupt the body’s normal function.
- Soy isoflavones can increase the multiplication of cells in the breasts. However, observational studies show a reduced risk of breast cancer. Soy may lead to mild disruptions of the normal menstrual cycle.
- Even though soy isoflavones have been shown to inhibit the function of a key enzyme in the thyroid, there is not enough evidence to conclude that they contribute to hypothyroidism in adults.
So soy was never healthy to begin with therefore it cannot be included in CleanBites food.
– Sky Chew