Are you a vegetarian? Are you looking for a healthy meat replacement that fits your diet? Most of us have been at this point and the first thing that usually come to our minds is soy. Soy is healthy, prevents diseases such as cancer and is great for almost every diet, right? Well maybe, but is it really as healthy as we think? Plenty new researches are warning of possible risks and dangers!
What is Soy?
The soybean is a species of legume that is native to East Asia. It is mainly used in low-fat diets and is a good and cheap protein source. All soybeans grown today are genetically modified and contain a gene that allows them to be directly sprayed with a large amount of pesticide and herbicide. Many countries don’t accept them due to the carcinogenic chemicals in them.
Animals who are fed with soybeans can suffer from health diseases which can be passed on their meat. So even if you stay away from tofu and soy milk you may still be consuming more soy than you think. Almost all processed foods contain some kind of soy.
Many people think that soybeans prevent heart disease by removing "bad" cholesterol and are lowering the risk of cancer. They contain many high quality proteins and fiber. However, none of this benefits are actually proven and experts say that soy may even higher the risk of breast cancer in women.
What is Soy Lecithin?
I am sure a lot of you have heard about lecithin but not many know what it really is. Soy lecithin is extracted from soybean oil and is used as a natural stabilizer in food. Many people believe that lecithin eliminates soy-protein to make it hypoallergenic but small amounts of proteins always remain in lecithin which can trigger severe allergic reactions.
Dangers and Risks
Many new studies warn from the health risks that consuming too much soy can cause. All link to digestive distress, thyroid dysfunction, immune system breakdown, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and even cancer. Large amounts of estrogen in soy can trigger early puberty, disrupt development of children and fetuses, and throw off the balance of hormones during the brain development process which can have long-term impacts on the behavior and brain chemistry.
Should You Eat it?
A lot studies have been used to raise questions about its safety but it still isn't clear if it is save to eat soy or not. Experts say that as long as you are not eating more than one serving per day, it is totally save. According to them, there is no reason to completely avoid soy foods in our diet.
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