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Why You May Want To Lay Off The Soy

Soy is well known as a great source of protein. Soy foods are also naturally cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat. Though while soy in many ways shines it also comes with its share of controversy. Some don’t see soy as all that healthy. Hence, there are many reasons why you may want to lay off the soy.

For starters, soy is a common allergen. According to the Mayo Clinic those who are at an increased risk of an allergy to soy are children and those who are allergic to wheat, beans (legumes), milk or other foods. Symptoms of soy allergies can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea and be as severe as anaphylactic shock. So needless to say, soy allergies are a pretty big deal.

Additionally, according to Healthline soy contains isoflavone. Isoflavones act like estrogen in the body. Depending on the state of your health this can be detrimental. Since many breast cancers need estrogen to grow, one may reason that soy could increase breast cancer risk.

Close-up of soya beans on wooden spoon over white background

Nonetheless, there are no hard, cold facts about the negative impact of soy. While some shun it, others hail soy as a bonified, nutrient dense food rich in nutrients including B vitamins, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and high-quality protein. In fact, soy protein is considered a complete protein. This means that it contains all nine essential amino acids that the body can’t make internally, which must be obtained from the diet.

Ultimately, the choice to consume soy or avoid it like the plague is a personal one that truly depends on your health and dietary needs. Essentially, its best to check with your physician as to what you decide. Either way research and studies are still being conducted as to the fact of whether soy is a medicine or a poison so stay tuned.

Why you may want to lay off the soy is up to you? What’s your choice and why?

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