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Top 5 Soybean Myths – Busted!

We’ve decided to take a look at some of the most common soybean myths that are doing the rounds at the moment to see how much truth they hold. The actual use of soybeans is quite interesting as nearly all soybeans are processed for their oil. For animals the high protein fibre, that is generated from processing the oil, is toasted and prepared for use in a variety of animal foods. Humans use the oil that is extracted from the beans to cook or fry food with. Some foods are packed in soybean oil (tuna, sardines, etc.) and items such as baked breads, crackers, cakes, cookies and pies usually have soybean oil in them. Below are our top 5 myths that we’ve busted for you about soy!

soybean1. Soy isn’t a complete protein because it is a plant protein.

This isn’t true. Yes soy is a plant protein, but because of this, it DOES contain all essential amino acids and therefore is considered a whole protein.

2. Because Soy has estrogen-like activities, men shouldn’t consume too much of it.

Scientific studies have found no evidence to support this claim. Yes, there have been cases, two in fact, of men experiencing feminine changes. These cases did however have other factors concerning the men’s health. It is fact that men can actually benefit from some soy as it has been found to decrease prostate cancer. Tofu and other soy foods do NOT lower testosterone levels or sperm concentration.

soybean plant3. Mineral deficiencies or imbalances can be caused by Soy.

Not true. Okay, so soy foods do contain phytate and oxalate through to inhibit calcium absorption, but research has shown it does this at the same level of cow’s milk and would not be a cause of a deficiency or imbalance. Spinach is another food that contains these same compounds.

4. Soy foods link with Breast Cancer – It can make it WORSE.

Absolutely untrue. It is always advised that cancer patients or people who have had cancer, particularly breast cancer, see their oncologist for dietary advice; but up to three servings of soy foods a day is a safe consumption and it has been found people that do after their diagnosis are much better than those who don’t.

5. There’s no such thing as organic soy – all types have been genetically modified.

It’s not been proven that all soybean plants have been contaminated and actually cross-pollination of non-GMO soybean plants is far less that believed. Certified organic farmers have a requirement to take appropriate, farming-specific measures to avoid cross-contamination. They also are required to run and conduct tests for this.

So there you have it. 5 top myths, busted. We hope if you had any concerns just like these myths, we have convinced you otherwise and you continue on a journey to implementing Soy foods into your diet.

Dragonfly Foods are 100% Organic and Gluten Free. Our tofu is a great source of protein, contains all 8 essential amino acids and is sugar and cholesterol free. If you’re thinking of trying soy foods, why not try us out and we guarantee, you won’t be disappointed.

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