March 2018

Soy has been a highly debated topic. Here are some quick points around the pro’s and con’s for you. As a rule of thumb, it needs to be organic. In Japan, one of the healthiest places on earth, soy is a prevalent staple because it is non-GMO. GMO soy kills off good bacteria and could lead to a lot of the diseases we are trying to avoid. The healthiest form of soy is fermented soy, such as natto, miso, and tempeh. These are each rich in probiotics as well as fiber, iron, magnesium, protein, and zinc. They are known as a “powerhouse of nutrition” for their benefits of increasing immunity, treating gastrointestinal conditions, and fighting cancer (1). Non-fermented soy, like soy-milk and tofu, contains phytoestrogens called isoflavones. According to Michael Greger, M.D., soy seems to have both anti-estrogen and pro-estrogenic effects (3).