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
Soy is a complete protein, containing the whole range of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) necessary for the body to produce protein. The quality of soy protein is rated as high as milk protein and egg, and higher than beef protein. As with all plant foods, soy has no cholesterol. Among the richest sources of soy protein are tofu, edamame and dry roasted soy nuts. Soybeans are often fermented to produce tempeh and miso, two particularly flavorful soy choices. Soy nuts are also transformed into “soy dairy” products including milk, yogurt and cheese.