While soybeans are a giant crop in the United States, soon to overtake corn in its position as most popular crop in the U.S., there is still some popular belief that soy intake is associated with certain health risks like breast cancer.
Instead of allowing people to get scared away from consuming this nutrient dense crop, we decided to prove not only are there are no health risks associated with the consumption of soybeans, but that there are numerous benefits that will have you eating buckets of edamame in no time.
Myth: Studies have shown that soy intake is associated with an increased risk in breast cancer for women.
Busted: Recent studies have actually shown the opposite. While some studies in the past may have shown a slight association between soybeans and breast cancer, these took place many years ago and have since been disproved. According to a recent study, high soy intake was modestly associated with reduced breast cancer risk.
Health Benefits of Soybeans
Soybeans are dense in nutrients and low in saturated fat. Soy contains eight of the essential amino acids making it the only plant-based complete protein. This makes it a great non-meat source of nutrients for vegetarians.
Soy is also an excellent source of calcium, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. As recent as April of 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claimed that the addition of soy protein into one’s daily diet reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, and due to their low saturated and trans fat contents, the American Heart Association recognized soy foods as part of an overall heart-healthy diet.
Soyfoods contain isoflavones, which belong to the chemical compound group phytochemicals. Consuming a variety of phytochemicals contributes to a healthy and balanced diet. Because of this key compound, research suggests that soy may lower the risk of not only breast cancer, but prostate cancer as well, the second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S.
Soy is not a dangerous product to consume on a regular basis. It contains an extensive amount of nutrients, provides a plant-based protein with all eight amino acids, and isoflavones: a chemical associated with lowered cancer risk in both men and women. Soy is also heart-healthful, and has been approved by both the FDA and American Heart Association as a part of healthy and balanced diet.
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