Soy has been a long argued topic when concerning the phytoestrogens and their effects on our bodies. After investigating the issue, research is lacking in the area of childhood studies. Most research is performed on individuals who are type 2 diabetic or post-menopausal women; None of which we can extrapolate into the bio metabolism of a child. The research that I found concluded that consuming whole soy did not produce any harmful effects (1). In addition, research shows that consuming soy is very beneficial! Contrary to much of the information that you will find in mainstream, fear based media, soy consumption is heart protective, a great source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids and should be highly encouraged.
When sifting through information on any product or issue, it is important to consider reputable sources, such as peer reviewed journals, educational background, biases, purpose and credibility.
I found this video that really hit the nail on the head about soy products and it’s controversy in the media today. Dr. Weil develops his argument with epidemiology studies and research as well as potential factors that may be convoluting our relationship with soy products in the Western world, such as products made with soy isolate instead of whole soy. In short, the evidence is very reassuring – Asian countries who consume whole soy products on a regular basis have one of the lowest rates of breast cancer in the world and that is an undeniable fact.
1. Giampietro, et al. (2004, February). Soy Protein Formulas in Children: No Hormonal Effects in Long-term Feeding. Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism. Volume 17, Issue