Soy Is It Good For You
Nutritional Value of Soy
First off let me say that I am neither a scientist or a doctor. I'm just a woman looking to improve her health by way of diet. I am extremely interested in the soy bean. I have been reading books and articles on soy and the things it can do for the human body. What I have found gives me hope for a multitude of reasons. Possible reduction of risk from heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, reducing cholesterol levels, and helping with the symptoms of menopause. The soy bean is the only vegetable that is a complete protein. The soybean is rich in fiber, low in sodium, and chock full of Vitamin B and iron. The soybean's protein is a complete protein meaning it contains enough of all the amino acids that we humans need for our health. Soy contains the equivalent amounts of protein compared to the amounts in meat, poultry,fish, and dairy products. Soybeans also help with the absorption of calcium to help with your bones. The soybean is also high in fat, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids which is good for your heart. Pretty amazing.
There are many many studies being done on the helpfullness of soy. One researcher Dr. Mark Messina,PhD believes soy is good for many different reason. Reduced risk of cancer and heart disease. He has been doing studies on soy for 20 years. He believes that soy can reduce the risks of breast cancer, especially if you are young when you start consuming soy. The protein in soy is better for you than the protein you get from meat because of the fat factor. The fat in meat is very high in cholesterol and soy has no cholesterol. So you are still getting your protein. One unpublished study answers the question of whether soy foods effect the disease free survival of breast cancer patients. The answer was yes and the group with the highest survival rate was women taking Tamoxifen and eating soy. This is great news to me as I am in the final year of a 5 year preventative prescription for Tamoxifen. I don't have breast cancer, I am just very high risk for it. Mark Messina is a co- author of the book, "The Simple Soybean and Your Health". While working in the National Cancer Institute's Diet and Cancer branch, Dr. Messina specialized in investigating the relationship between soyfood consumption and cancer prevention. Harvard did a study on men and soy consumption and found that soy reduces the sperm count in men. The study at Harvard is classified as a small scale preliminary study. This study is conflicting with the National Institute of Health and their study showing no effect on quantity, quality or motility of sperm. There are many many studies being conducted today to find out how good or bad soy is. Check it out on google you can find many articles about soy and make your own decisions. Mine is made, I consume soy everyday.
My Own Thoughts On Soy
I have read many good and bad things about soy and have come to decide that soy is after all just a vegetable. We were taught that vegetables are good for us. The controversy comes from the fact that soy has many more vitamins and proteins than the average everyday run of the mill vegetable. I choose to believe the good things about soy. I do know that I am eating less animal meat, more fish and of course more soy and my cholesterol levels have dropped quite a bit. I do know that I feel more fit and am getting the required amount of protein in my diet and that protein is better for me because its coming from a vegetable and not as much animal meat as I used to eat. Some of the studies done show a decrease in the chance of getting cancer and heart disease. I choose to believe these studies. And IF there is even a 1% chance that my risk of cancer and heart disease can be reduced then I'm there. I will continue to eat my soy and do my exercises to increase my life expectancy. I want to have quality of life, not just a life. My ideal death, get up in the morning eat a great healthy breakfast, go out fishing for the day with my husband, eat the fish I caught that day for dinner. Maybe 1 or 2 hours of television or good conversation then off to bed where I will die peacefully in my sleep. Sounds good to me. OH I forgot to mention I will be 102 years old when that happens. A healthy life to you all.