2/8/2010 1:34:18 PM
While SparkPeople is an overwhelmingly wonderful resource, which I am very grateful for, it's articles like this one which makes me hesitant to recommend the site to my family and friends.
I encourage all my fellow Sparkers to be their own best advocate and not to believe anything too readily. Read books and studies and above all, remember that the food industry is NOT our ally. They do NOT want to see us nourished and healthy, they want our money and will say anything to get it. If something is being hyped as a "perfect" food, immediately doubt them and go find out the facts for themselves.
Soy inhibits the absorption of nutrients, and while it may be a "perfect protein", there are lots of ways in which it doesn't work for the human body. Cannabis is a plant, but most wouldn't consider it an appropriate serving of vegetables.
And yes, soy was domesticated in China thousands of years ago, but they did not eat it then! They used it as a nitrogen fixer for their soil, meaning they grew it to replenish the soil for the next (edible!) crop. Most Asians who eat soy eat very little soy, and almost all of it is fermented soy.
I recommend Dr, Daniel's book The Whole Soy Story. If you go to the book's site you can read excerpts from it: http://www.wholesoystory.com/
And it's NOT "scaremongering", it's standing up to the "oh, the happy, shiny people on the TV / computer said it, so it MUST be true!" mentality that has plagued our society for far too long. Anyone with even a vague knowledge of North American history knows that our industries have frequently sold us things that turned out later to be a very bad idea. Why should we think that it's any different right now?