I've read about this issue as well-- there was a good article in the Utne reader on it a while ago, I'll see if I can track it down to share with everyone.
The basic idea, though, was that soy is beneficial to your health if you consume it whole, and it's best after it has gone through some sort of fermentation process. So tofu, tempeh, miso, natto are the best bets, followed by whole soy beans (edamame), etc.
The article said that the trouble comes up when you are consuming too much isolated soy protein, as in the protein powder, TVP, any kind of soy-based meat or cheese alternative, and the like.
And I used to drink soy milk daily for about 3 years, and was experiencing a lot of digestive problems, among other things... my naturopath suggested that the soy milk could be the cause (it's basically just raw beans and water, after all), and after switching to almond and rice milk over the last 2 years, I have noticed a change in the right direction! Although, I've also been trying to be more careful about what I eat overall, and getting more exercise, so... go figure. : )
Whew, sorry to go off on the subject! Anyway, I'll try to find that article, as I found it very helpful, with convincing evidence to support it.
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I really hope it's not a curse! My son (who will be 2 on Easter!) loves his soymilk and drinks 2 or 3 cups of it a day. He loves soy yogurt too, but we end up eating organic moo yogurt instead. He's happy either way.
I agree with Will. I've seen more and more of the 'dangers of soy' -- but moderation seems to be the key to most everything. I would imagine that a little could be good for you, but even too much of a good thing can often be not so good.
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For some reason I was unable to view the document. But I have read things about soy. It is a good example as to why we should not always focus on any one thing as a primary source for our nutrition. Diversity is the key, and using multiple sources is the smartest way to go. Too much of any thing is not good for you. We all should be searching for varying ways to satisfy our health requirements.
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