Skeptical of soy? Here’s what science tell us.
BASICS: soy contains isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen that is 1000 times weaker than human estrogen and does not behave exactly like human estrogen in our bodies. Isoflavones block some of estrogens effects and mimics others, generally resulting in health benefits; they also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Soy has the highest protein and fat content of any legume and is high in iron and fiber.
WOMEN’S HEALTH: Soy has been showen to prevent breast cancer in the amounts consumed in Asia. A 2008 review showed that women averaging 1 cup of soymilk/ 1/2 cup of tofu per day had a 30% lower risk of developing breast cancer vs women who avoid soy. Soy has also been shown in many studies to reduce the risk of recurrence in breast cancer survivors. A recent study showed that breast cancer survivors who consumed the most soy had a 21% lower risk of dying of any cause over the 9 year study, compared with low-soy consumers. Soy reduces the risk of endometrial cancer and can reduce menopausal hot flashes.
MEN’S HEALTH: A large 2010 systematic review showed that soy does not affect testosterone levels, s permas concentration, or supermarket quality. Soy may lower the risk of prostate cancer by up to 50%.
THYROID: Soy does not affect the thyroid in people with normal thyroid function and iodine levels. Whether or not you eat soy, you should meet your daily iodine needs. ( 150mcg/day). If you take thyroid hormone, you may need the dose adjusted if you change your soy intake.
CARDIOVASCULAR CHECK: Some worry about estrogen and GMOs/pesticides from soy, but most dietary estrogen comes from dairy and meat products. Unlike soy phytoestrogens, animal estrogens DO mimic human estrogen in our bodies. Similarly, most GMOS soy is used to feed chickens, pigs, and cattle, which are then consumed by people. Much of the soy grown for human consumption in non-GMO.
Anyway…. on to the recipe..
200g silken tofu
1 serve vegan protein powder
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
** Sweetener if needed.
Blend until smooth and serve with your favourite toppings