Dr Oz: Is Soy Harmful to Your Thyroid?
Have you ever noticed all of the products in your grocery store that contain soy? Dr. Oz says soy can be confusing to a lot of people, which is why it has sparked a lot of controversy in the health community. Today Dr. Oz sets the record straight on whether soy is really good for you or if it is dangerous!
Dr Oz: Soy Breast Cancer Risk
Dietitian Ashley Koff says many people get nervous when they hear the word “estrogen” in relation to soy products, but she says they contain phytoestrogen, which is plant-based and very good for us. Ashley helped Dr. Oz tackle the top three controversies about soy so you can know the truth once and for all.
- Ashley Koff says that consuming healthy forms of soy will actually reduce your risk for breast cancer, not increase it, like many believe. The key is to eat whole, organic and unprocessed forms of soy to get the breast benefits.
- While many are concerned that soy can have a negative impact on a woman’s thyroid function, Ashley Koff says if you have a perfectly healthy thyroid then soy will not cause you any harm. She warns, however, that if you are taking a thyroid medication soy could interfere with its effectiveness.
Dr Oz: Soy & Heart Disease
Soy is a low-fat, plant-based protein, which makes it absolutely healthy for your heart, according to Ashely Koff. She says it is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, making truly beneficial to one of your most vital organs.
- Reduces Blood Pressure
- High in protein and fiber
- Reduces LDL (lousy) cholesterol
Dr Oz: Is Soy Protein Isolate Good for You?
Not all soy products are created equal, so it is important that you know what to look for at the grocery store in order to get the biggest nutritional benefit. There is nothing worse than thinking you are buying foods that are good for you, but finding out they could actually be bad for your health.
- Avoid Soy Protein Isolate because it is highly processed
- Avoid Soy Sauce
- Avoid Soy Chips
- Organic Soy is best and good examples include Organic Soy Milk, Organic Tofu, Tempeh and Edamame
Dr. Oz says the bottom line is that soy is healthy for you. It contains high amount of phytonutrients, protein, and essential fatty acids, but just remember that organic, whole sources are best. One serving per day (½ cup of tofu) is best.