Just for the Soy of it..

Posted on September 28, 2009 by


In response to a safety and soy question…

According to Soyfoods Association of North America,

“Health experts, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Cancer Society (2) have all weighed in on the safety of soyfoods, such as tofu and soymilk, as well as meat and dairy free products such as veggie burgers and soy cheeses. The conclusion: soyfoods are low in fat, high in protein, fiber and iron, they contain essential omega-3 fatty acids and are absolutely safe to eat.”

Andrew Weil MD who operates a website on health care issues said the following in 2004:

“I’m aware of Internet paranoia on the subject of soy and the contention that only fermented soy is safe to consume. That is simply not true. Some of the best forms of soy – edamame, tofu and soy nuts – are unfermented and are much more likely to help you than hurt you.”

The National Institute of Health (NIH) reports the following information:

Soy is considered safe for most people when used as a food or when taken for short periods as a dietary supplement.

Minor stomach and bowel problems such as nausea, bloating, and constipation are possible. Allergic reactions such as breathing problems and rash can occur in rare cases.

The safety of long-term use of soy isoflavones has not been established.

Evidence is mixed on whether using isoflavone supplements, over time, can increase the risk of endometrial hyperplasia (a thickening of the lining of the uterus that can lead to cancer).

Studies show no effect of dietary soy on risk for endometrial hyperplasia. Soy’s possible role in breast cancer risk is uncertain. Until more is known about soy’s effect on estrogen levels, women who have or who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer or other hormone-sensitive conditions (such as ovarian or uterine cancer) should be particularly careful about using soy and should discuss it with their health care providers.

Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

At US Food Safety, we take your questions seriously. Contact us at http://www.usfoodsafety.com/contact.asp.

If you have specific medical questions about the use of soy in your diet, consult your health care professional.

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