Soy is Not healthy

@ddaguno (3110)
Philippines
August 2, 2010 6:48am CST
I grew up knowing that soy is healthy. My parents see to eat that we drink taho (a drink made from silken soy and syrup) regularly. I also see baby foods made with soy because it is people know soy as a good source protiens and isoflavones. I just read an article saying that although soy has phytochemicals that helps prevent cancer, it also contains potent enzyme-inhibitors or antinutrients that block uptake of enzymes which the body needs for protein digestion. Normal cooking does not de-activate these harmful antinutrients, which can cause serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and can lead to chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake. According to soy critics the good qualities of soy are being overshadowed by the health risks that it could cause. Here is the link for the article http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/soy.htm I am confused. What should I believe in? Are these findings like the ones for coffee? Who are more relaiable.. The ones who say soy is healthy or the ones who say it's not? What do you think? Should I stop eating tofu which I love so much?
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@jerikjames (1045)
• Philippines
2 Aug 10
You should always remember that everything has two sides, even foods. They can be beneficial but they can cause negative effects to our bodies. But this comes from not properly cooking our food and eating too much. You should also remember that everything in excess is bad for our health. Soy is a good source of protein, and eating the right amount would not do a damage to your digestive system, and eating a lot of it would definitely have a bad effect on your body.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Just like the coffee principle? It's ok to drink it as long as you don't have too much.
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• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Yep. It's applicable to everything. Excess is always bad. Except of course if you're a religious person, then too much prayer is never bad.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
but as they say... faith without work is nothing... so there might be such a thing as too much prayer
@veganbliss (3901)
• Adelaide, Australia
3 Aug 10
Hold everything. Stop press!!! What makes soy healthy or not healthy is HOW the end product is prepared. As with most beans & grains, they contain phytic acid & enzyme inhibitors. These can be transformed into other beneficial substances completely with just seven hours of soaking plus normal cooking. This has the effect of not just removing these undesirable substances which stop protein from being absorbed correctly as well as remove valuable calcium, magnesium, etc from the body. It's a little more complex than that, but it just goes to show that homemade is best & mass-produced quick profits, cutting corners & cheating our bodies is "out", no matter what food is used. If soy were properly grown, organically & prepared correctly, it would provide our bodies with an additional 1000% protein boost plus 300% more vitamins & minerals. I've been vegan since December 2000 & do not consume any soy products. We're better off without them, really. Their main reason for commercial growing is for feeding animals like cows & sheep who are later murdered for their flesh for our consumption. It is used so widely because it's very, very cheap.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
I really admire vegans but I can't imaginge myself being one. I don't have the will-power to stay away from meet. Your practice of not cosuming soy is not usual for vegan right? I have a vegan friend who eats tofu a lot.
• Adelaide, Australia
3 Aug 10
Thank you :-) Eating a lot of soy - based products is typical when starting off on a veg*n diet. As one progresses & the body becomes more refined or more sensitive, we find we are better off without it. Besides, it's still too expensive to buy tofu or tempeh for every meal or snack. When going out & eating at vegan restaurants, we see that there's so much more variety than we were even aware of while on our flesh - based diets. In summary, I can't say my behavior is typical of vegans or not. My wife will occasionally eat soy - based products, though I steer away from anything I haven't prepared myself... I'm a big fan of home-style cooking. Many of my vegan friends are divided over soy products, but most are happy with whatever comes along. So long as one is OK with the ingredients used, it's OK to have something prepared by someone else for you, once in a while.
• United States
2 Aug 10
WHAT?! I have taken a food nutrition class, and I, too, grew up thinking that soy was healthy. I have never had any reason to believe that soy wasn't healthy.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Mind boggling. right?
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• United States
3 Aug 10
Yeah.
@myzire72 (1157)
• Singapore
5 Aug 10
Isn't life full of ironies? Just when one report says that something is good for health, another report comes up shortly contradicting it. So who are we to believe in? I would think we just eat whatever we want to eat, but in moderation - the keyword here is moderation. So, continue eating your favorite tofu.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
5 Aug 10
Thanks myzire72. True... the negative articles about soy claim that their findings are based on extensive resaerch, but so does the positive ones. i've been eating tofu all my life and i'm healthy. so i'll go on and eat it.
@agito121 (177)
• United Arab Emirates
3 Aug 10
I say that if you only ate soy then it would be unhealthy, i had a friend that ate only soy sauce and rice for lunch, nothing else! I think that would taste kind of funny. Eating soy is healthy, but if you eat it a lot then it probably is bad, all foods are bad if consumed a certain amount, that's why you need a balanced diet. I eat Tofu all the time and i enjoy it but not only that i eat chicken, and veggies, so yes. You can still eat tofu but don't eat too much soy sauce.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
soy sauce and rice? you should ask your friend to get his kidneys checked out.
@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
There has been many issues surrounding soy and soya products which prevented me from patronizing them. Well whether it is not really healthy or not, I would rather stay on the safe side. Anyway, I can always have better alternatives. I will not die if I don't eat soy and its products anyway.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Good for you! Unfortunately, I get cravings for tofu so I cant totally avoid soy.
@grayxenon (1306)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
ah, the fancy battle of research and science, years later they see it is the best and so on, and then later a new study will refute the latter and so on, my advice is to eat in variety and in moderation to balance diet, everything should be balance, that's the way of nature, the way of life.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Why are these people so smart that they always have to prove the others are wrong? tsk tsk tsk...
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Whether it's healthy or not, I'm still going to eat it but, of course, with moderation.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
You go girl!!!
@Jotomy (6351)
• India
2 Aug 10
Hi ddaguno, i am so confused with the information about each product as you said that soy is not good for health.. but i heard it is so good for women. They keep on changing their minds which will give more confusion to everyone so i don't believe in all these since our people are using this since many years and they are fine, so we have to take that into consideration.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
According to the articles, reasearch has been done to support their claims. I don't want to believe it too. But if you are a mom and you are feeding your child with soy based products aren't you going to be alarmed?
• United States
2 Aug 10
THere is not one food that isnt harmful in some way. People used to encourage having grilled chicken but now they say its cancer causeing. THere is going to be soem bit of cancer causeing or other down side agent in ANY food. There is no point in changing your diet over this. And also tofu is sure a whole lot better for you than other things. also soy for baby products and so on is not popular so much for it being healthy as it is that its rare to be alergic to it. for babyies it is a big issue because you dont know what they may be alergic to and a throat can snap shut extreemly fast if they are alergic. So people choose to use soy. Overall any food has up points and down points today its neigh impossiblet o find a food that people dont say is cancer causeing if you folloed all of those statments youd starve.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
2 Aug 10
Yey!!!! I was hoping for someone to say that. I get swayed easily so I was starting to get alarmed by that 'soy' discovery. Thanks to your input I can go on loving tofu again
@MDG2211 (711)
• Argentina
3 Aug 10
I think that all foods have their good and bad consequences, according to the lifestyle of each, these consequences can manifest in the body. The most natural would be to have our own fifth and harvest our food, healthier than that, but who can do it. Each physician, politician, a scientist with his book according to the pressures, interests and businesses that are behind them.
@diogz22 (516)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Everything eaten in excess is bad. All food eaten has all its good and bad side effects. Coffee for instance when taken in excess might cause hypertension and inability to get sleep. Soy when taken in excess also has its downsides. So the best solution is to have a balance diet.
@Boyetski (989)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Hmm maybe this things happen for the fact that all things can never have to much good in it. Hehehe To balance it like nature balance out after all.