Dr Oz: Is Soy Safe?
You’ve heard the headlines. Now get real answers about soy and your health. Soy is often promoted as a healthier vegetarian alternative to meat, but recent reports have some questioning whether it is safe. What is the soy breast cancer connection? Check out what dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick revealed is the Truth About Soy.
Dr Oz: Truth About Soy
Is soy healthy? It’s one of those foods you can find at health stores, but with so much conflicting information in the media, it’s hard to know what to believe.
Kristin Kirkpatrick, a past Dr Oz guest who serves as a medical advisor for the show, said that soy is healthy. It is high in protein and fiber, and it comes with a lot of other health benefits.
Dr Oz: Soy Urban Legends
Kristin added that the fears about soy are mostly the result of urban legends regarding health. False reports or miscommunications seem to stem from the idea that soy is derived from plant estrogen. This is different from human estrogen, but it can be confusing.
Dr Oz: Human Vs Plant Estrogen
She went on to explain that plant estrogen, which is found in soy, is much less potent than human estrogen produced by the body. She added that it’s even in foods other than soy, such as peanuts and green beans.
Dr Oz: Soy Breast Cancer Link
What is the real soy breast cancer connection? It may not be what you think. Soy actually lowers a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
Just one cup of soy milk daily or 1/2 cup Tofu at mealtime can lower breast cancer risk by 30% for women. Research is particularly encouraging in Asian communities, so you definitely shouldn’t be scared of soy causing cancer.
As with any cancer breakthroughs, research continues. There may be more undiscovered benefits to patients who have a breast cancer diagnosis. But for now, results show that soy products can lower risk of new cancer cases as well as recurrence.
Dr Oz: Soy Heart Disease & Cholesterol
Kristin said that soy is heart healthy because it’s a high fiber, plant based protein. She said new research shows that it helps lower LDL Cholesterol. It may not have as much of an effect as researchers expected, but it is still more heart healthy than red meat, for example.
Dr Oz: Soy Thyroid Risks
Contrary to another health myth, Soy does not lead to hypothyroidism. But there is a risk for women who are already taking Thyroid medication. Eating Soy might affect your ability to properly absorb and process the medicine.
All you have to do to combat this is wait a couple hours after eating soy to take your medicine, to prevent an unwanted interaction. Now you know the truth about soy. Were you surprised by any of Kristin’s answers?