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From: Leslie ( -
Subject: Re: Such a thing as too much soy?
Date: August 1, 2006 at 5:40 am PST

In Reply to: Such a thing as too much soy? posted by NicklebyNYC on July 31, 2006 at 4:25 pm:

I think the issue of phyto-estrogens in soy (and other foods such as broccoli, flaxseeds, etc.) is very misunderstood and vastly oversimplified. The phyto-estrogens in soy mimic estrogen in your body and occupy "docking" sites, which reduces the need for your body to make estrogen rather than the other way around. You actually have less estrogen floating around in your body, not more. I think doing research and reading is very important, being properly informed.

That said, I personally believe that eating soy as part of a natural diet -- soy in the form of tofu, soymilk, tempeh, and miso, more natural forms of soy than analogs -- is not in any way detrimental any more than it is to eat pinto beans, or broccoli, or anything else in moderation. Soy analogs may be different because they contain soy protein isolate -- and any time you extract something from a whole food and eat a lot of it, it may not be the best form of the food. Whole foods are best in any setting.

I have made an effort to reduce the soy analogs in my diet, I use them on special occasions, for camping, or to make something for omnis that resembles what they're used to. Eating a diet comprised of more whole foods, whole grains, beans, veggies, some fruit, seems, for me anyway, to promote a sense of nourishment and well-being.

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