The Verdict on Soy: The Good, the Bad and the Questionable
There's a lot of conflict and confusion about soy: Does it prevent or cause cancer? Does it protect your heart and ease menopause symptoms? iVillage Health Editor-at-large, Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom, sets the record straight
While soy is the foundation of the Asian diet, it’s a new food source for many Americans. Because soy is digested differently than other protein-rich foods, a period of adjustment is needed to avoid gas and bloating. Try adding one serving for one or two weeks before adding another. Most people can tolerate increasing amounts of soy protein at this rate without digestive side effects. If soy is a new food for you, try replacing a burger or ground beef with frozen soy-burgers or ready-to-use crumbles; soy-based chicken and hot dogs are other tasty choices for beginners.