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Soy: The Pros and Cons

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  Published on December 23rd, 2020
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  Last modified August 16th, 2021
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Soy is undoubtedly controversial among health and nutrition experts. Some advocate for this nutrient-rich bean, and others raise concerns about excess consumption, feminizing effects, and thyroid function, to name a few. Let’s delve into the research, theories, opinions, and the pros and cons of the infamous soybean. Pros of Soy Here are some of the pros and benefits of soybeans and why some health experts recommend eating them: 1.   Nutrient-Rich Soybeans provide protein, fiber, and a range of important minerals, vitamins, and beneficial plant compounds, such as magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium. You can find different types of soybean-derived products. Soybeans are also a source of polyphenols – a type of antioxidant that might protect against cell damage and conditions like heart disease [1,2,3,4,5,6]. Soybeans also contain isoflavones ?— a subclass of polyphenols also called phytoestrogens because of their ability to attach to and activate estrogen receptors in the body. Many experts believe soy isoflavones are a key reason for the purported health benefits of soy-based foods. Depending on the variety, boiled soybeans contain […]…

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