Is Soy Healthy?
Is soy healthy or not?
There has been a lot of talk about soy, the question is, is soy healthy or not? So I want to tell you the truth about this food. Studies have shown that it is only when you consume an extreme amount of soy each day for an extended period of time that it is unhealthy. Each person in these studies ate 12-14 servings of soy per day, and that measure up to 30-35 deciliter soy milk per day. So it’s only when you have an extreme high soy intake that you need to worry about the hormone effects on your body.
Follow the recommendations
The recommended healthy intake for adults is 2-3 servings per day and for children 1-2 servings per day. One serving measure up to about 2.5-deciliter soy milk or 1.25-deciliter tofu. And the best choice, if you want to avoid GMO, is to buy organic soy.
If parents are still concerned if their child drinks soy milk, and eat both tofu and soy yogurt during the day, they can moderate the soy intake by giving their kid another plant based milk such as almond milk, coconut milk or rice milk. The disadvantage with these other kinds of milk is that they are low in protein, you might get 1 gram of protein per cup of milk, and that’s not so ideal for a child.
A perfect solution to moderate soy intake
But Brenda Davis, a registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, has the perfect solution for that. She suggests that you buy a 2-liter container of fortified milk, for instance, unsweetened almond milk because then you get the calcium, Vitamin D, and B12. Then you take 2 cups of milk and pour it into your blender and ¾ to about 1 cup of hemp seeds and pour into the blender as well. Then you blend it on high until it’s smooth and creamy. After that, you pour it back into the container. When you do this, you boost the flavor, the creaminess, minerals, and vitamins. But that’s not all because you also increase the protein content to about 6-7 grams per cup of milk. Hemp seeds have much protein; you’re boosting the nutritional value tremendously when adding hemp to your milk.
Avoid soy from South America and stop eat meat
Two of the biggest soy producers in the world is the USA and South America. About 95% of all the soy that gets produced in the world is used to make animal feedstuff. A huge problem in Brazil is that they cut down the rainforest in order to produce soy. So if you care about the rainforest you should avoid soy from South America and above all else, stop eating meat that is made from cattle raised on soy feed.
Is soy healthy for you?
Finally, I want to share the advantages of eating soy. Soybeans are high in protein, minerals, fiber and vitamins, and tofu is a splendid source of calcium and iron. Soy may also protect you from breast cancer and prostate cancer and it also lower your cholesterol levels.
So yes, soy is healthy as long as you eat organic soy and follow the recommendations.
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