Soyfoods are heart-healthy, plant based proteins that we should all feel good about adding to our everyday diets.
Did You Know?
Not only is soy one of the most widely studied foods of all time, but it is also one of nature’s most perfect foods.
Soy is what is known as a complete protein. It contains sufficient amounts of all nine of the essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on our own. In fact, a one cup serving of cooked soybeans offers 57% DV protein, 41% DV fiber, 49% DV iron, 18% DV calcium, 1,029 mg omega-3s, and 18% DV of twelve other essential vitamins and minerals, as well as other phytochemicals.
But in-spite of this powerhouse of nutrition, soy is one of the most misunderstood foods of our time. First cultivated in China, soy has been consumed regularly by Asian populations since approximately 1100 BC. Outside the Asian population, vegetarians have relied on soy as a high-quality plant protein for decades, using it as a meat replacement in their daily diet. According to hundreds of studies, we know that vegetarians enjoy a better state of health than those that consume meat.
Let’s look at some of the most common rumors while we reveal what makes soy such a healthy food choice, and the SOYReality that can dispel all the soy confusion and misinformation. Adding soyfoods to your diet always makes nutritional sense!
Consuming soy protein has no effect on lowering your cholesterol levels.
SOYReality Twelve countries throughout the world have adopted a health claim stating that they believe that soy protein has a cholesterol lowering effect.
The US Food and Drug Administration, along with 11 other countries throughout the world, approved a health claim for soy protein and coronary heart disease based on soy protein’s cholesterol lowering . . . continue
Calcium in Soymilk
Soymilk has less calcium than dairy milk.
SOYReality Not only does soymilk have just as much calcium as dairy milk, but it is the only dairy substitute nutritionally comparable to cow’s milk.
The amount of calcium in soymilk is equivalent to the calcium found in cow’s milk. Along with vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin B12, soymilk is fortified with 30-40% of the daily value of needed calcium . . . continue
Breast cancer patients should avoid soyfoods.
SOYReality Soyfoods are both safe and beneficial for breast cancer survivors.
Research shows that soyfoods are safe and may possibly even be beneficial for breast cancer survivors and for those at high risk for breast cancer. A study following more than 9,500 women in the US . . . continue
Soyfoods have feminizing effects on men.
SOYReality Soyfoods do not impair male fertility or feminize men.
Extensive clinical research shows that even large amounts of soy do not lower testosterone levels or raise estrogen levels in men. Clinical research also shows that soy does not adversely affect sperm or . . . continue
Soyfoods can lead to hypothyroidism.
SOYReality Clinical studies show that soy products do not adversely affect thyroid function in healthy people.
Soy does not adversely affect thyroid function in healthy people and does not need to be avoided for those taking medication for hypothyroidism. More than 20 clinical studies show that isoflavones do not . . . continue
Soy contains estrogen that can raise your hormone levels.
SOYReality Soyfoods contain phytoestrogens which are plant hormones and do not have the same effect as human estrogen.
Soyfoods contain isoflavones which are otherwise known as phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are plant hormones and not human hormones. In the human body phytoestrogens bind to human . . . continue
Many people have soy allergies.
SOYReality An allergy to milk protein is 80 times more common than soy.
The College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology estimates that approximately 0.4% of American children, or about 298,410 under the age of 18, are allergic to soy, whereas the more frequent allergies . . . continue