Oct 19, 2008, 9:08 AM
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This is an interesting post. 14 years, or so, ago I became a vegetarian and used soy (tofu, or hydrolyzed protein) as a meat substitute. I ate soy hot dogs, hamburgers (Boca burgers), tofu egg salad sandwich, tofu and vegetable casseroles etc. I thought I was eating healthier, and perhaps at that time soy was considered "healthier" than meat. After I became a naturopathic physician and taking many courses in nutrition, Chinese Medicine, physiology (biological pathways) and teaching research and nutrition...I've changed my mind. There are many dangers with consuming too much soy. It disrupts hormonal pathways, increases estrogenic like chemicals (thus resulting in the infamous "man boobs", perhaps causes difficulty in conceiving due to estrogenic chemical activities, affects thyroid function, brain chemicals and many other disruptive changes. Often people say, "the orientals eat soy daily and they don't have problems", but the truth is the orientals eat a very small portion daily...perhaps 2 tablespoons a day.
Re: [Oscar2] The wonderful world of Soy!
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The vast majority of soy manufactured in the US are Genetically Modified. GMO food have not been tested properly as to how they affect the body. No one scientist can accurately state what the effects of GMO's are or will have on the body either short term or long term. The studies simply are not there. US FDA and other consumer laws regulating GMO's are not there. The GMO companies (Monsanto, Archer Daniels, et al) have defeated any attempt at proper testing or regulation. This the major reason the European countries have banned GMO's.
I think soy in a limited amount is probably okay for consumption, but I would caution against using too much for too long. Although, I have taught and follow the dictum of avoiding GMO foods like the plague, if possible. Sometimes we simply can't but everyone should attempt to do so as much as possible.
I am attaching a link to Mercola.com with a list of articles concerning soy, if anyone cares to delve deeper.
Rolly, perhaps you can activate the link, or if not cut and paste it to read.
There are hundreds of paths up the mountain,
all leading in the same direction,
so it doesn't matter which path you take.
The only one wasting time is the one
who runs around and around the mountain,
telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.
(This post was edited by Rolly on Oct 19, 2008, 9:23 AM)