There’s no doubt that soy beans and its products such as soy milk and tofu is one of the most common products used by someone who follows a vegan diet. But it’s no surprise that there are a lot of misconceptions and myths regarding soy as well, whether as a result of misinformation or a cleverly woven marketing scheme by those trying to sell regular dairy and meat products. Whatever the case, here are some of the myths you would commonly hear.
1. Soy Causes Cancer:
Yes, you heard it right. Some people actually believe and tell other people that soy can cause cancer. Considering the fact that this is mostly due to the presence of phytoestrogens, but the claim is still vague since phytoestrogen is different from estrogen. The abnormal levels of estrogen in your body can be responsible for cancer and not phytoestrogen.
2. Man Breasts:
The fear among men to grow breasts had severely lead to the decrease in sales of soy products. People who buy into this back up their claim by frequently mentioning the same thing that it contains estrogen, which is the female sex hormone. Thus, they conclude that having more of the female hormones in your body can actually make you grow breasts if you are a man. Needless to say, that it is utterly ridiculous because soy doesn’t contain estrogen in the first place.
3. Disruption of Growth in Infants:
Soy-based formulas made for infants have been criticized for a very long time by people who claim that it causes disturbance in the growth and reproductive development. But according to Dr. Victoria J Drake, PhD, states that soy based formulas made for little kids actually have a lot of phytoestrogens and soy isoflavones. She clearly states: “Infants absorb and metabolize these phytoestrogens, so concern has been raised that the estrogen-like effects of soy isoflavones could potentially affect the child’s growth and development or adversely influence reproductive and immune function.” Thus, it’s clear now due to the scientific proof stated that children can actually benefit a lot from the soy-based formulas made for them.
4. Thyroid Problems:
Now this one is a little bit tricky, because there are scientific studies in the past that have actually proven that phytoestrogens in soy is responsible for inhibition of thyroid function, but the studies following them have shown that it only happens as a result of excess consumption of phytoestrogens. When had in a limited and healthy quantity, soy-based products pose no harm to the thyroid function in your body.
It should be pretty clear by now that after assessing the scientific facts through various studies, soy based products are actually beneficial for your health. However, it’s most important to make sure the soy is organic and non-GMO. They aid in keeping a healthy heart, is low in fat content and is also an excellent choice for those looking for plant-based protein.