Soy No Wonder Food. The much consumer interest in soy products has probably made happy campers out of Monsanto and food giant Archer Daniels Midland.
Monsanto can sell more of its genetically altered seeds, which can tolerate greater amounts of another of their products (Round-Up*TRADEMARK), and Archer Daniels Midland can sell its beans and processed soy goods hand-over-bushel to countless businesses.
With food aisles today brimming with over 300 soy products, is soy beer soon to follow? Yes, in fact it's already here.
How much is fact and how much is hype? We are told over and over how soy isa wonder food -- how it protects humans from practically all known disease, particualrly breast cancer and osteoporosis. The Japanese, we are informed, consume huge amounts of soy and have low rates of these diseases relative to western diet population. So eat soy and live a long, healthy life.
But, wait and consider again, Soy is No Wonder food. How much of what the media tells us is based on good, sound, impartial science, and how much is based on the premise that a lie, often repeated, eventually is accepted as the truth?
1.Consuming large amounts of soy cannot be directly tied to lowered rates of breast cancer and heart diseas - or even to less osteoporosis and fewer unpleasant postmenopausal symptoms.
2. There is evidence that consumption of sea vegetables, and not soy, with the former high iodine content, result in lowered rate of breast in Japan. The japanese suffer from high rates of esophagus, stomach ,pancreas,liver, and thyroid cancers. Soy appears to offer no protection here.
3. It is a myth that Asians eat a "soy-based diet." A typical intake of soy amount to about two teaspoons a day in China.(Source, Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. Ph.D., "Tragedy and Hype : The Third International Soy Symposium," Nexus Magazine, Volume 7, Number 3