Soy causes some confusion when it comes to its link to women’s health. Consuming soy products has been said to reduce breast cancer risk, but too much soy is thought to increase risk. So where do you draw the line between healthy and unhealthy soy intake?
Soy can have a healthy and possibly protective role in women’s diets when eaten in its whole or minimally processed form in moderation. This means eating no more than 1 to 2 servings per day of soybeans, edamame, tofu, tempeh, miso or soy milk.
However, consuming much more than 1 to 2 servings of soy, and eating processed soy products or supplements like shakes, chips, bars, powder and fake meat products may be harmful, especially if you are already at high risk for breast cancer.
Avoid soy products that contain the words “soy protein concentrate”, “soy isolate”, or “isolated soy protein” on the label, and choose organic products that have not been genetically modified (click here to read more about GMOs).
Read more about soy safety at Breast Cancer Defense, and enjoy your soy in a smart way!