We often find ourselves often talking about and debating nutrition when the Wellness Team is together. During our last team meeting the subject of soy, in-particular soy-protein in supplements was brought up. Because of this discussion Dr. Burdell challenged us to go to the research and find out more. He gave us the resource below, (of which we have included just the summary) follow the link to read the complete paper. Nutrition can get complicated with sources in the media making conflicting claims, and sometime science itself coming out with conflicting data. This paper does and excellent job of explaining why sometimes science has disagreed over soy and what the conclusion is based on a wide overview of topics.
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Position Paper on Soy – Metagenics, Inc.
Journalists and scientists have raised questions regarding the health benefits of soy and its components. Some select individuals and/or organizations even go as far as alluding to soy having a “dark side.”
As soy research experts will admit, it is difficult to reach a solid consensus on an area of research that continues to grow in sheer quantity. More difficult is the fact that studies are often conducted using a wide variety of soy products and varying protocols. As a result, much confusion is generated on the health effects of soy.
Many negative articles surrounding soy only focus on one particular study without conducting a balanced review of the extensive soy research. In contrast to these articles, a thorough evaluation of existing soy research will reveal many positive findings regarding the health benefits of soy. Some soy controversies have arisen from research protocols and approaches that are now viewed as outdated with results that are no longer relevant. Moreover, due to the lack of specificity in labeling terms such as “soy” or “soy protein,” it is often unclear what soy food or component is being examined in any particular study.
It is important to consider these points when reviewing any study on soy and health. Certainly, a preponderance of evidence supports the benefits of soy foods—particular soy protein and soy isoflavones—for the overall promotion of good health.
√ Metagenics supports the inclusion of soy foods in the diet due to their reported safety and efficacy.
√ It is well known that soy has a history of safe use, as demonstrated by its long history of consumption by Asian populations.
√ Opinion leaders such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) support the inclusion of soy in the diet. After a year long scientific review, the FDA granted a health claim regarding soy protein and its potential to reduce the risk of heart disease.
√ Substantial epidemiological and experimental data suggest that soy consumption may positively affect many aspects of health, including cardiovascular health, cancer risk reduction, menopausal symptom relief, and osteoporosis prevention.
Read the full paper here.