IN MODERATION: If you eat too much soy, as with anything, it may be bad for you.
IN MODERATION: If you eat too much soy, as with anything, it may be bad for you. Thinkstock

We're just soy confused

IT'S rare these days for anything pertaining to health and diet to be simple, and here is yet another complicated topic: soy.

Is it good for us or is it disastrous for our health?

Some of the most intelligent health professionals in Australia still advocate soy as being hugely beneficial to us, yet on the internet soy is attributed to multiple health disasters, usually involving dangerous estrogen levels.

So if we look purely at soy, what is the truth about its health implications?

The upside of soy

Organic soy is completely different to non-organic soy, and is good for you in small amounts.

Yes, soy contains estrogenic compounds (compounds which mimic estrogen) that are great for health in small doses.

Soy is super high in fibre and some potent antioxidants.

Soy is high in protein, and a great alternative to the over consumption of meat and fish we ingest - that are pumped full of chemicals, hormones, inflammatory molecules and toxins.

The downside

Non-organic soy is heavily sprayed with pesticides and has been genetically modified, so I would suggest avoiding it altogether.

We ingest too many estrogenic compounds, but they usually come from foods or drinks which are contained in plastic, such as from bottles, food containers, cling film, etc.

If you eat too much soy, as with anything, it may be bad for you.

Non-organic soy is used as a filler in many processed foods such as baby formula, biscuits and protein powders, which I would suggest avoiding purely due to the pesticide residue remaining on the soy, not the soy itself.


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