So(y) confusing!

One second, we are told to avoid soy because it causes cancer.  The next, we should eat it because it prevents cancer.  So, what is the truth? Should we eat soy or avoid it?

The confusion with soy is that its relationship to cancer has been conflicting.  Soy contains isoflavones that are similar to estrogen, which was expected to increase certain cancers, especially breast.   An earlier research studies suggested an isoflavone in soy increased growth of estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer cells and promoted cancer cell growth.  However, many of these studies were done on mice.  It was found that rodent metabolism is much different than humans (shocking!).  So, more current research has suggested that soy consumption does not increase breast cancer risk. 

Studies have now found that moderate soy consumption in Asian women has decreased breast cancer risk.  However, moderate soy consumption is defined as much more than most American women consume- at least 2 servings per day.   Whereas, most American women consume less than 1 serving/day. 

Researchers encourage that we choose unprocessed soy such as tofu, soybeans or edamame, and tempeh.  Highly processed soy-based chicken nuggets are no less processed than a real chicken nugget. 

So, the bottom line is soy consumption does not increase your cancer risk and may even decrease risk when consumed in moderate amounts.  Soy serves as a healthy alternative to animal proteins. 

Edamame Salad

  • 1 c baby kale mix
  • ½ c shelled edamame
  • 2 roasted beets, sliced
  • ½ c chopped broccoli
  • 2 T feta cheese
  • 2 T Greek goddess dressing (I used Annie’s)

Top baby kale with all other ingredients.  Toss in dressing and enjoy!