Doctor Oz did a segment called “Soy: Life Safer or Danger?” because soy has become somewhat controversial. Does soy increase your risk for breast cancer? Can soy cause heart disease? Dr Oz said there is a growing source of critics who say that soy can increase your risk for cancer. Soy is found in many products: edamame, soy milk, salad dressings, tomato sauce, bread and even tuna (who knew!). Soy is high in protein, but is it a healthy substitute for meat? People used to believe that soy helps to build strong bones and fights cholesterol. In fact, Americans are so in love with soy, $31 billion in soy crop was sold last year.
Does Soy Cause Breast Cancer?
Dr Oz said that the big fear is that the phytoestrogens found in soy may mimic regular estrogen and increase certain health problems like Breast Cancer. Dr Oz was joined by Dr. Mark Hyman who thinks soy can fight breast cancer, as well as Kaayla Daniel (author of The Whole Soy Story) who thinks that soy can interfere with your hormone production and wreak havoc on your hormonal balance. Dr. Hyman said that as long as you avoid soy cheese, soy burgers, soy dogs, and other processed soy products, soy is overwhelmingly better for you than harmful. He also mentioned that if you drink alcohol, that increases your risk of breast cancer by 30%. Dr Oz sai that he thinks we should eat whole food forms of soy like fermented soy, tempeh, miso, tofu or edamame – as long as we stick to just one portion a day, which contains 30 mg isoflavones (the phytoestrogens).
Does Soy Prevent Heart Disease?
The FDA says that 25 mg of soy, along with a healthy diet, can reduce LDL and may help prevent health disease. However, the AHA (American Heart Association) says that it is impossible to eat enough soy to make any difference. Kaayla Daniel said that soy is actually linked to heart problems. Dr Mark Hyman said that soy is certainly better for your heart than chicken nuggets or other alternatives. The general rule of thumb that Dr Hyman offered is “If it grows on a plant then eat it, and if it is made in a plant skip it.” Dr Oz said that at the end of the day, in small portions, soy is a good low fat protein source and a great substitute for higher fat protein. I have to say that this segment of Dr Oz’s show did nothing to alleviate my fear of all of the negative things I have read lately about health issues related to soy, so for now at least, I will be avoiding soy. What about you… will you be skipping soy or continue eating it? Leave a comment below!