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I told you so!! See Too Much of a Good Thing? Controversy rages over the world's most regaled legume

Soybean oil, and partially hydrogenated anything give me the violent shits. Maybe my body is smarter than most people's... ;-)

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weofodthignen
Aug. 14th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)
I appreciate the effort taken in the article to give a balanced view, and I do agree that food manufacturers should stop stuffing so much shit into their products and instead try taking some out--like the food colorings and the weird lactose.

But phytoestrogens are clearly going to have different effects on males and females. And there have actually been several studies on how they compare to human-synthesized estrogen, from the POV of easing menopausal symptoms with dietary changes (mixed results) and whether they aggravate estrogen-dependent cancers (no discernible effect, as a few folks cited in the article said--which has led some docs to say they might be a good idea for those at risk of breast and uterine cancer, since they fill up the molecular docking stations that the animal hormones would otherwise connect to). Also in cases where kids are unable to tolerate milk, soy milk has been a literal life-saver. With infants, I think we have to place the blame squarely with the formula- and cow's-milk pushers. Cow's milk delivers a whammy to infants' digestive systems and contains way too much fat.

Yes, environmentally pervasive hormones are a problem, but we're all getting them in drinking water now! (Not to mention PCBs and furanes are in our body fat and in the milk of mothers currently nursing.) It's unjustifiable to see soy consumption as the cause of the decreasing male fertility in the West, let alone of the increase in super-early adolescence among girls. Both presumably have multiple interacting causes, and I'd suspect that hormones in beef and in cow's milk are prominent in both and that being heavy in childhood is important in the girls--adipose tissue synthesizes estrogen. And the soy craze is relatively recent.

However, I didn't know unfermented soy contained dangerous minerals. That surprises me as a mostly-vegetarian. Fortunately I don't really like tofu and eat less of it than most vegetarians, and I do think the word needs to be put out about that.

And that they need to stop stuffing it in everything. And while they're at it to stop stuffing lactose and canola and FD&C #5 in everything, too. Puh-leeze. No wonder people are having their allergies triggered all the damned time--everything's in everything!

M the grouch
jemyl
Aug. 14th, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
Well, Ravan, your mother is and always has been allergic to soy. She has worked it mostly back in, but the oil seems to be the worst. Then people wonder why I prefer to make my own bread.
misdev
Aug. 14th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
or perhaps...
you listen to your body better than most people...
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