Originally Posted by Vlady
Hello ! I have noticed that many vegans prefer soya -free profucts . Do you consider almond ,, milk " healthier ? Thank you for your comments
Wow - soy foods! Few other foods have been the subject of so much nutritional myth. There are dozens of amateur nutrition blogs which claim that soy foods are bad for you. However, no mainstream health organization has stated that soy foods are unhealthy.
The American Cancer Society states that soy foods are safe, and that soy foods may even lower the risk of certain cancers. They do caution against consuming large amounts of soy protein isolates/supplements (soy protein powder, soy protein supplements): http://blogs.cancer.org/expertvoices...t-cancer-risk/
The American Heart Association's position on soy foods is very similar to that of the American Cancer Society. The AHA states that (1) soy foods likely provide cardiovascular health benefits (due to soy's vitamins, minerals, and polyunsaturated fats), but (2) the AHA does not recommend using soy isoflavone supplements (pills, powders, etc.): http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/113/7/1034
The American Diabetes Association recommends eating tofu, tempeh, and soy nuts: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fit...d-protein.html
. They also recommend soy milk: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fit...n-i-drink.html
Another popular soy myth is that soy foods will cause men to have "man boobs", or erectile dysfunction. Like all good myths, these soy myths contain a small kernel of truth, which has been grossly exaggerated along the way. It is true that there are 2 case studies in which men experienced feminizing effects after consuming tremendously large amounts of soy foods, every day, for several months. However, when various anti-soy blogs present this information, they neglect to mention how much soy these guys were consuming:
In a 2008 case study, a 60-year old male developed enlarged breast issue and erectile dysfunction as a result of drinking 3 quarts of soymilk (12 servings
) per day, every day. This guy was consuming a ridiculously large amount of soymilk; only 3-4 servings of calcium-fortified soymilk are needed to achieve 100% RDI of calcium. Here is the abstract of that case study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18558591
In a 2011 case study, a 19-year old male developed erectile dysfunction as a result of consuming 14 servings
of soy foods per day. Here is the abstract of that case study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21353476
(unfortunately, the full text of the study can only be seen by purchasing it).
(Note that, after these men discontinued consuming their massive daily servings of soy, their bodies returned to normal.)
As others have mentioned, there is one special interest group - the Weston A. Price Foundation - that has exerted a tremendous amount of (comical) effort to denigrate soy foods. They are also quite vocal in their opposition to vegan diets.