Superfood soy? Not so fast. Unfortunately many of us have been taught that soy is a health food. But is it?
Soy is present in many processed foods in our American diet, used as a protein replacement in vegetarian and vegan diets, and is promoted for health benefits. While it’s widely used, its many adverse affects are often ignored.
Possible Negative Health Effects
• Impaired thyroid functioning, often leading to hypothyroidism (especially in women).
• High phytoestrogens that can trigger thyroid and autoimmune conditions, especially in infants and women.
• Possible neurological distress, damage and other developmental abnormalities in children. Continue reading “Smart About Soy”
Last time I checked, protein was a naturally present food compound, a macronutrient to be precise, and not a food ingredient. Apparently I haven’t checked in a while. A recent Wall Street Journal article (non-subscribers read here) details a race in the food industry to create high-protein versions of all our favorite packaged products – from cereals, to bars, to beverages – by adding (as an ingredient) concentrated sources of protein.
According to the article, the word “protein” on the packaging has what researchers call a “health halo effect.” That is, the food is interpreted as healthy by different types of shoppers for different reasons. Nine-to-fivers see an energizing post-lunch snack. Dieters see prolonged satiety for easier weight loss. Weight lifters see muscle recovery and synthesis.
Do we really need all this protein? Continue reading “Is Added Protein An Added Bonus?”