The Dark Side of Soy

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Soy is everywhere, even in things that you might not suspect–salad dressing, for instance. It’s supposed to be good for you, especially for menopausal women. Not so. In Asia, soy was historically fed to livestock. It was considered inedible. And these days it makes a lot of people sick. One woman tells her story below:

As someone who is conscious of her health, I spent 13 years cultivating a vegetarian diet. I took time to plan and balance meals that included products such as soy milk, soy yogurt, tofu, and Chick’n patties. I pored over labels looking for words I couldn’t pronounce–occasionally one or two would pop up. Soy protein isolate? Great! They’ve isolated the protein from the soybean to make it more concentrated.

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Original article, “The Dark Side of Soy,” written by Mary Vance Terrain and posted in the Utne Reader on July/August 2007.

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