The Story of Soy

Edamame, or soybeans, Japanese style with salt, by Framboise, via flickr

By Kate Prengaman

Soy has become both famous as a health food and infamous as a health risk after it’s introduction to the western world as an alternative protein. Health claims include that soy protein products can help lower your cholesterol and prevent cancer. Soy supplements have been touted for menopausal women as estrogen supplement. On the other hand, that same estrogen in soy has been considered a serious risk, potentially making our children gay! (Just kidding, this claim has no scientific merit)  But what does the science really say about soy consumption and our health?  Continue reading