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My boyfriend's mother is carrying on about how she thinks soy and soy-containing foods are bad for you. Has anyone heard of this, what it's based off of, or have any legitimate reasons for it to be bad backed up with facts?
 

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Not unless you're allergic to it.

I do recall an argument saying it lead to breast cancer, but I saw that same argument disproven. Sorry I don't have any links, but I'm sure someone here will.

Soy is actually a main source of protein for many veg*ans.
 

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There have been lots of discussions on this board about soy.

they bottom line is

processed soy as a major part of the diet is bad.

un processed soy ( tempeh, tofu, edamame, etc) is good in moderation.

soy milk in moderation.

john robbins has good soy info on his site, i dont have the link though
 

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I found some articles on soy, linking it to things such as homosexuality. It seems like none of these articles are reliable. I'll just keep eating my soy products then.
ive read one of these also and found the author to be decidedly right wing and- perhaps needless to say- homophobic. the first thing that popped into my mind at this point was, 'whatever happened to all those arguments that homosexuality was a choice and not biological?'
 

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I went to my nutritionist the other day and we had a discussion about soy. Basically soy is a phytoestrogen. That is what makes is so effective in treating menopausal hot flashes. In small quantities, it is fine. In some people, even large quantities are fine. The people who might want to be careful are those with a strong positive family history of estrogen dependent cancers (breast, ovarian). For instance, I have a strong family hx of breast cancer, couple that with oral contraceptive use and I'm pushing my luck consuming tons of soy. It was decided that I should eat it 2-3 times a week and get protein from other sources. For other people without those co-morbidities...soy is fine.

I don't have the literature to back that up yet but probably will in the next month or so.
 

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Originally Posted by Bonoluvr View Post

There have been lots of discussions on this board about soy.

they bottom line is

processed soy as a major part of the diet is bad.

un processed soy ( tempeh, tofu, edamame, etc) is good in moderation.

soy milk in moderation.

john robbins has good soy info on his site, i dont have the link though
I agree 100%!
 

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i hate this so much. no matter what i do, there is debates saying the contrary. im thinking that not eating animal flesh or their bi-products is going to make me healthier than i am.. and i am also lead to believe that soy is amazing for me. so i drink soy milk, and endulge in tofu, tempeh constantly. but now im gonna turn into a girl from all the estrogen, and once i do, probably get breast cancer. and if it doesnt turn me into a girl, ill be gay.
 

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Some people are against soy, but I think its really a personal choice.

A lot of people have issues digesting it, a lot of allergies, etc.

Personally, I KNOW its something good for my body. I can feel the benefits from eating it, and if anything it seems to BALANCE my hormones a bit. I have no idea why. Its not my only source of protien, but I do eat it often. Its good stuff.
 
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