Soy, the Good and the Bad.

Posted on 27. Mar, 2013 by in Food

Soy products are growing in popularity in the United States. However, there are a few big controversies over soy. How safe is soy? And how much should you be eating?

Soy is a great form of protein. However, processed so can really affect your hormone levels, estrogen especially.   Eating processed soy can have you eating up to six times as much estrogen as needed and this much estrogen in your system can cause numerous issues, from emotional rollercoaster, indigestion, to headaches/migraines.

When eating soy, be sure to check in the ingredients and stay away from “soy protein” and “soy protein isolate”.  These products break down the soy to strictly pure estrogen.

Eating soy can be great as long as you eat it in its true form, edadame, and tofu. There are also other great true soy products; tempeh, miso and natto, made of fermented cooked soybeans. The fermentation allows nutrients to be more easily absorbed into the body, as fermented foods are brimming with good-for-your-belly probiotics, which help keep our gut flora healthy.

Tempeh is a high-protein source of nutrients like vitamins B2, B6, and B3, and minerals magnesium, copper, iron, manganese, and phosphorous. In addition, it is a good source of monounsaturated fats.

Miso is rich in vitamin B12, which is a power player when it comes to metabolizing fats and carbohydrates. You can purchase miso pastes and soup in supermarkets. Be sure to purchase the low-sodium variety.

Natto is a sticky paste made by adding healthy bacteria to lightly cooked soybeans and fermenting. Natto is a powerful food rich in the enzyme nattokinase, which has been shown to reduce the risk of blood clots and help break up the plaque associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

There are numerous “soy” products, just make sure you are reading the ingredients, because who wants 6x more estrogen in their system than needed?

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