So you've been subbing whole milk for soy milk on your daily coffee run and you've swapped meat for tofu at lunch. But is all this soy affecting your health? As soy has started to creep into our shopping baskets more often in foods like cookies, bread and breakfast cereals, we have begun to wonder if all this soy might be a bad thing. Researchers have started looking into the long term effects of soy, and its relationship to cancer.
So What's The Problem With Soy?
The reason that soy could potentially pose a health risk is because it contains phytoestrogens called isoflavones (huh?). At low doses, isoflavones have the ability to mimic estrogen, but at high doses, isoflavones can stop estrogen production altogether. But what does this have to do with cancer? In one study, the consumption of soy products decreased breast cancer formation in rats, but another study on humans showed increased breast cancer risk and formation. So it's still unclear what the long-term effects of excess soy consumption are.
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It also depends on where you grew up and what you grew up eating. In a study of Chinese women, high consumption of soy in adolescence significantly reduced the risk of breast cancer. This could be due to the fact that soy is a staple food in many Asian diets and it has been integrated into their meals for decades. So unless you grew up eating soy products, don't rush for the soy milk quite yet.
While research and studies are still conflicting on whether soy increases or decreases the risk of breast cancer, there are benefits to eating soy products in moderation. Edamame, fermented tofu and soy nuts all have high fibre contents, which can reduce your risk of several other cancers. They are also alkaline, and by eating them in moderation you will prevent your body from becoming too acidic. So while the jury is still out on whether or not soy foods will increase the risk of breast cancer, moderate soy consumption should not pose a serious health risk. Aim for no more than two servings of soy a day, which means that your soy latte and tofu stir fry can stay. One of the most important things to remember is to keep your body alkaline, which can be achieved by avoiding acidic, processed foods, and opting for alkaline alternatives like plant-based foods, fish, nuts and mineralized water from your Santevia Water Pitcher.