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Soy Not All Bad...?

Meta analysis shows no estrogenic effects in multiple studies.

Thoughts?

My belief was not that isoflavones lower T but rather increase E.

Isoflavones are a class of phytoestrogen that behave like human produced estrogen.

Hmm…this one just seems to turn up a big chunk of indecision.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480510/

I wouldn’t care, only my girlfriend is Chinese, and she eats a LOT of soy - would be nice to indulge.

[quote]Tom240 wrote:
Hmm…this one just seems to turn up a big chunk of indecision.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480510/

I wouldn’t care, only my girlfriend is Chinese, and she eats a LOT of soy - would be nice to indulge.[/quote]

A mere indulgence is probably no big deal.

Rather than the phytoestrogens I would more worry about how digestible the proteins are.

I think the fermented variety of soy is perfectly digestible and may help with the digestion of other soy-based products.

As well as eating soy with her you may want to also experiment with some of her traditional cultured foods, too.

Oh as a major foodie I do. She was raised for the first 15 years of her life near the coast in northern china so she’s really good with seafood, which is great.

Just need her to cut back on the steamed buns (refined white flour, yeast, water) and she’s golden…