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Newest research on why you should limit or avoid soy altogether in your diet

Moms View Message Board: Let's Get Fit! (Weight Loss Support Group): Newest research on why you should limit or avoid soy altogether in your diet
By John on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - 11:30 am:

Newest research on why you should avoid the soy in beans, tofu, flour and infant formula:

"Against the backdrop of widespread praise...there is growing suspicion that soy - despite its undisputed benefits - may pose some health hazards," writes Marian Burros, a leading food writer for the New York Times. More than any other writer, Ms Burros's endorsement of a low-fat, largely vegetarian diet has herded Americans into supermarket aisles featuring soy foods.

Yet her January 26, 2000 article, "Doubts Cloud Rosy News on Soy", contains the following alarming statement: "Not one of the 18 scientists interviewed for this column was willing to say that taking isoflavones was risk free." Ms Burros did not enumerate the risks, nor did she mention that the recommended 25 daily grams of soy protein contain enough isoflavones to cause problems in sensitive individuals, but it was evident that the industry had recognized the need to cover itself.

Because the industry is extremely exposed...contingency lawyers will soon discover that the number of potential plaintiffs can be counted in the millions and the pockets are very, very deep. Juries will hear something like the following: "The industry has known for years that soy contains many toxins.

At first they told the public that the toxins were removed by processing. When it became apparent that processing could not get rid of them, they claimed that these substances were beneficial. Your government granted a health claim to a substance that is poisonous, and the industry lied to the public to sell more soy."

By Colette on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - 12:36 pm:

sigh.....I give up. I eat tons of soy products - only organic but this is a pretty depressing article.

By John on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - 04:40 pm:

Sorry, I didn't mean to make people feel bad..

I've been eating Tofu fairly regularily over the last few years and had always thought I was choosing a healthy alternative to meat.

I was very suprised by what I read in this article, mostly the stuff related to side effects and things that the FDA and others NEVER BOTHERED to tell anybody about.

I've been reading a lot of low carb health articles and diet related material since I went on Atkins a few weeks ago.

Everything I've learned since has made me very skeptical of government dietary recommendations and even AMA American Medical Association advice after realizing how many of their decisions are politically motivated.

BTW, I tend to be skeptical by nature so a lot of what was said in the article didn't suprise me.
Oh well :(

By Colette on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - 08:42 pm:

When I sent the link to my mother, she had recently seen an endocrinologist for thyroid problems and he told her if she was eating a lot of soy she needed to stop. My oldest (12) is vegetarian and she has tofu, tempeh, or some other type of soy protein every day and I have a soy smoothie every morning for breakfast. Guess I'll have to switch to yogurt or something.

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