My letter to the CEM editor will appear in a future article of CEM. Here is my letter in response to their article on SOY:
Message: What kind of an article on soy was that? He say, she says.... anyone can Google up some "studies" on soy. FYI, Brendan Brazier does NOT advocate eating soy because of the GMO and phytoestrogen properties... Also, Asian cultures eat soy as a condiment not chunks of TOFU in stir frys. They eat soy in fermented form. Foods like Tempeh and Miso. Also, soy IS a phytoestrogen and should be avoided by anyone with thyroid issues. Your article was wishy-washy to say the least. I'm sure that your readers are still in the DARK about the TRUTH about soy and soy products. Soy IS one of the TOP 5 GMO crops in the world. If you eat soy, it is MOST LIKELY a "round-up ready" soy bean you are eating. Nice, eh?
Well, I heard years ago that soy, un-fermented, inhibits thyroid function. This is echoed in some books that have studied body types and blood types. Also heading cabbages do this. Some people are not affected by this; they have strong thyroid functions that are not over-worked. Some of us are.
And right on the side of the page a whole string of articles on soy from Google! LOL I don't get that magazine, so no I haven't read it but there is always conflicting information everywhere on this. I am no militant about avoiding it but don't try to have it if I can help it. Occasional soy milk in coffee once in a while, if I am out and that is the only choice.
Edited by: CINDYTW at: 2/4/2011 (11:29)
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Clean Eating Magazine recently came out with their article on soy. (Feb. 2011) Dissapointing to say the least. The article is wishy-washy; they don't really tell us any useful information. Lots of "studies" are cited and of course, the FDA's findings. It also states many misinformations and contradictions. I think they are just trying to appeal to everybody. Wouldn't want to leave any potential subscriber out in the cold, eh? They do a lot of, "Brendan Brazier says this... Brendan Brazier says that". But if you go and look at Brendan's website, you can clearly read that Brendan Brazier avoids soy, because of concerns with GMO's and phytoestrogens. They do, however, cite Mr. Brazier as saying that Soy Protein Isolate is highly processed and should be avoided. The article goes on to say that heart attack rates have been lowered in some women that consume soy, (which is actually true; but do the benefits actually outweigh the risks?) and that another study found that women with breast cancer who ate soy were more likely to have the cancer return. WHY, then, does their SISTER magazine, Oxygen, say it is "Ideal for all women!" (Feb. 2011, page 136) They also have a chart at the end of the article. According to their chart, Soy has shown GOOD scientific evidence to be helpful in treating infants and young children with diarrhea. And, Strong evidence that it will help lower cholesterol and a good source of protein. The chart also says it's UNCLEAR about just about everything else in regards to benfefits/dissadavantages in regards to soy including menopausal symptoms and thyroid issues. The article again, sidesteps any sort of direct conflict by saying, "GANS says that it's safe to consume two servings of soy a day in a whole food form such as soy nuts or tofu" but then turns around and says some more negative stuff about consuming too much soy. According to another study that they cited, LARGE amounts of soy (anything over 25 grams daily) could disrupt fertility in men AND women, as well as cause disrupt normal developement in children. So, now I'm left feeling really confused... I thought they said it was OK to give children if they have diarrhea? And HOW MUCH is too much, again? They completely left out the fact that asian cultures use soy more as a condiment than an entire meal, and that fermented soy is also used. The article also left out the fact that soy is one of the world's largest GMO crops and that the "round-up ready" seeds are most likely in that soy product on the grocery shelves that consumers are ingesting. Confusing article. CEM doesn't really give any USEFUL information on soy, nor does this article seem properly researched. I can GOOGLE up all kinds of "facts and studies" too and write an article.
Did anyone else read this article? What was your take on it?
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