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Tue Jan 18 18:25:05 UTC 2011

I heard soy is good for diabetics, but now I keep reading that they are discovering soy is bad and can even cause cancer. Which is it?
Asked By: jenalynn  

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A friend of mine even sent me a link of an article that Jillian from The Biggest Loser supposedly posted to her Facebook about the dangers of soy.
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Expert Answers (1)
2011-04-01 16:47:59.0

Soy contains isoflavones, which are natural compounds with very weak estrogenic activity -- that is, they are a plant substance that mimics the effect of the female hormone estrogen. This has caused questions and rumors and scientists have wondered if soy could promote tumor growth -- because some cancerous tumors are known to grow in the presence of estrogen.

The conclusion that experts have come to, however, is that natural, food sources of soy are absolutely safe. And soy is a healthy, nutrient-filled source of protein. Low carb too!

Click here for more info on soy.

Click here for recipes using soy from the dLife Recipe Finder.

Take care.

Answered By: Lynn Prowitt
Accreditations: Senior Editor, Food and Nutrition
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2011-04-05 19:30:09.0

Jillian Michaels has absolutely no credentials in the medical field nor any other. She barely graduated from high school. She has been admonished for making statements as though they are factual which they are not. She hasn't a clue about dietetics. She has downplayed the role of the Dietician in the treatment of Diabetics and others who need real, scientific guidance and not information from a self promoting female body builder. When one needs guidance on what foods are good and which are not check with your medical professional Premise 1: If Soy foods are so deadly to add to the diet what happens to all the Asian communities whose diets include daily consumption of soy products. Many of these people are amongst the healthiest in the world.
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