Soya: Good Or Bad For You?
Public confusion exists over the health benefits and detriments of soy products. Though most people believe that soy has a number of health and nutritional benefits, many also believe that soy consumption can have potentially negative health impacts. This confusion stems from a range of scientific studies conducted over the past decade which have been counterbalanced by both positive and negative health findings.
It is theorized that the health benefits of soy are due to the isoflavones which are thought to act as a milder form of oestrogen. Many scientists believe that isoflavones can reduce the risk of hormonal cancers by binding to oestrogen receptors and by blocking access from stronger oestrogens. On the other hand, there is evidence that if a male fetus is exposed to oestrogen mimicking compounds, there may be a risk of infertility in adulthood, which suggests some risk in the consumption of soy products by women. However, other research suggests that soy products are not harmful to pregnant women if eaten as part of a balanced diet.
The resulting confusion about the benefits or harm of soy consumption are understandable, but according to most experts, so long as it is consumed in moderation and as part of a healthy balanced diet, “soy can remain on the menu.”