There has been much controversy surrounding soy, more specifically its impact on the endocrine system. This, as many other points of contention among health professionals and enthusiasts alike, arises from the failure to differentiate between that which is created by man, and that which comes from nature. Had we a greater propensity for common sense and a more coherent understanding of basic chemical, physical, and biological principles governing this natural world, there would be much less confusion around dietary practices.
The main concern is the soybean’s or soya bean’s (Glycine max) appreciably high content of phytoestrogens—plant chemicals that possess properties that are comparable to those of estrogen. Testosterone imbalance, low sperm count, impaired fertility, and prostate issues in men; as well as estrogen dominance, increased breast cancer risk, and menstrual complaints in women are often attributed to the intake of soy. Some go as far as to suggest that eating soy is tantamount to taking birth control pills…
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