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What does everyone think about this story from the Guardian newspaper in the UK? (I'll post an extract plus a link) My parents are freaking out!<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/food/Story/0,,1828158,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.guardian.co.uk/food/Story/0,,1828158,00.html</a><br><br>
Should we worry about soya in our food?<br><br>
Whether you know it or not, you'll probably be eating soya today. It's in 60% of all processed food, from cheese to ice cream, baby formula to biscuits. But should it carry a health warning?...<br><br><br><br>
...Over the next months, Fitzpatrick carried out an exhaustive study of soya and its effects. "We discovered quite quickly," he recalls, "that soya contains toxins and plant oestrogens powerful enough to disrupt women's menstrual cycles in experiments. It also appeared damaging to the thyroid." James's lobbying eventually forced governments to investigate. In 2002, the British government's expert committee on the toxicity of food (CoT) published the results of its inquiry into the safety of plant oestrogens, mainly from soya proteins, in modern food. It concluded that in general the health benefits claimed for soya were not supported by clear evidence and judged that there could be risks from high levels of consumption for certain age groups. Yet little has happened to curb soya's growth since.
 

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Harriet: I read this two page article a couple of days ago (in the Guardian Weekly which is their international edition). I was disturbed indeed. I have decided to cut out soy and soy products from my and my family's diet. I'm not going to get completely paranoid about it, but I have anyone felt very uneasy for quite some time now about eating soy, and this article kind of put the lid on it for me. Sort of confirming what "instinctively" I was feeling.<br><br><br><br>
Who needs soy anyway? There are so many natural foods out there to eat. Why bother with such an unnatural food especially when they turn it into things like tofu and all those weird veggie "burgers"...
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Diana</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Who needs soy anyway? There are so many natural foods out there to eat. Why bother with such an unnatural food especially when they turn it into things like tofu and all those weird veggie "burgers"...</div>
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But tofu is soy.
 

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Think about it. Where you live many people turned to vegetarianism after the mad cow disease scare, right? Well that affects your economy, right? I betcha the UK raises more beef than soya. Wonder who is funding that study--probably the English beef association. But even if they are not, I wouldn't worry about it. Plant estrogens do not affect the human body in the same way animals estrogens do and you know how much beef, pigs, ets. non-vegetarians eat. I would worry more about all that refined stuff you are eating. Why not just eat whole foods that have minimal refining such as whole wheat bread and pasta, fresh fruit and veggies and fresh juice? That is the best way to eat and you don't have to worry about soya at all. Is isn't essential. You can get your protein from beans and nuts if you don't want to eat soy and if you are now drinking soya milk, try nut or rice milk instead.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Diana</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Who needs soy anyway? There are so many natural foods out there to eat. Why bother with such an unnatural food especially when they turn it into things like tofu and all those weird veggie "burgers"...</div>
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Uh.. what's unnatural about a bean? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>puppyluv</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Think about it. Where you live many people turned to vegetarianism after the mad cow disease scare, right? Well that affects your economy, right? I betcha the UK raises more beef than soya. Wonder who is funding that study--probably the English beef association.</div>
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I considered that, too - reading Food Politics makes you think about things like that!
 

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Think about it. Where you live many people turned to vegetarianism after the mad cow disease scare, right? Well that affects your economy, right? I betcha the UK raises more beef than soya. Wonder who is funding that study--probably the English beef association. But even if they are not, I wouldn't worry about it. Plant estrogens do not affect the human body in the same way animals estrogens do and you know how much beef, pigs, ets. non-vegetarians eat. I would worry more about all that refined stuff you are eating. Why not just eat whole foods that have minimal refining such as whole wheat bread and pasta, fresh fruit and veggies and fresh juice? That is the best way to eat and you don't have to worry about soya at all. Is isn't essential. You can get your protein from beans and nuts if you don't want to eat soy and if you are now drinking soya milk, try nut or rice milk instead.</div>
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Yeah I was thinking there is probably a really strong chance the study was funded by the dairy industry/meat industry as well.
 

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You have to remember that there is also a big difference between fermented soy bean products like miso, natto, and tempeh versus industrial texturized vegetable protein. Fermented soy forms the bulk of my soy consumption these days, with the occasional meal of tofu.
 

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You have to remember that there is also a big difference between fermented soy bean products like miso, natto, and tempeh and industrial texturized vegetable protein. Fermented soy forms the bulk of my soy consumption these days, with the occasional meal of tofu.
 

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I would not worry about consumption of whole or relatively whole forms of soy. If I were going to worry about something, it would be soy isolates that are added into other foods.
 
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