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From: Leslie (
Subject:         Re: Soy Safety?
Date: June 1, 2007 at 8:32 am PST

In Reply to: Soy Safety? posted by Lisa on May 31, 2007 at 11:31 am:

My thoughts are that although nothing in extreme amounts -- even water -- is good, soy in moderation is really no different than broccoli in moderation, or flaxseeds in moderation, or anything else in moderation. Reason I use those examples is because those foods, along with many other familiar foods, also contain phytoestrogens which are the focus of controversy.

The aluminum thing came from one small study in Hawaii but has not been proven anywhere else. There were likely many other factors that were not considered. Studies can be extremely misleading, especially when they are small and isolated. I have been reading this stuff for some years, articles pro and con, and have come to understand that there is an anti-soy agenda that is promoted by people like Sally Fallon and Enig -- forget the first name. These are the same people that tout the health benefits of coconut oil, which I also find somewhat suspect.

I don't believe any of it, quite frankly. I think soy as part of a plant based diet can be a healthy and reasonable addition, just like any other bean or food, unless you have a personal intolerance or allergy, which is possible. It is possible isolated soy is not a great thing to consume in large amounts, I usually consume it only infrequently because I prefer the taste of real, fresh foods to analogs, but a once in a while veggie dog isn't likely to kill you.

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