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Does Soy Really Cause Breast Cancer?

There's a lot of conflicting information surrounding SOY and whether or not its healthy for us or even okay for us to eat. So, what's the real deal?

Here's what the American Cancer Society had to say about it...

The main component in soy that's of concern is called isoflavones which is a plant estrogen and high levels of estrogen have been shown to lead to an increased risk of breast cancer in rodent studies. But despite the similarities in genetics between humans and rodents, humans still process estrogen differently than rodents do, and when rodents were dosed with these isoflavones, it was a lot more than a human would typically ingest when eating soy-based foods.

SO SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED WITH SOY CAUSING BREAST CANCER? The American Cancer Society says that the evidence does not point to any dangers from eating soy and actually, the health benefits appear to outweigh the potential risk. This is largely due to the fact that most foods that contain soy are plant-based like tofu, tempeh, edamame, and soy milk which may actually reduce the risk of cancers when replacing other less healthy foods like animal fats and red or processed meat. Soy containing foods have actually been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease and cholesterol, so consuming a moderate amount, 1-2 servings of soy containing foods a day, is acceptable! As long as you aren't supplementing with high doses of soy (thus high doses of isoflavones) then soy foods are healthy and safe to consume!

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