Report: Soy-containing products contain “alarming” levels of phytoestrogens
(Natural News) Many people start eating a lot of soy products when they’re trying to cut their intake of animal-based foods like meat and cow’s milk. We’ve heard a lot about the benefits of a plant-based diet, but when it comes to soy, studies show that great caution is needed. In addition to the fact that much of the soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified, researchers have recently warned that soy-based products contain “alarming” levels of phytoestrogens.
The phytoestrogens found in soy are known as isoflavones, and they act like estrogen in the body. They are believed to be hormone disruptors and can lead to fertility problems and even cancer, and new test data shows their levels in many soy products are concerning.
Researchers from the French consumers’ group UFC-Que Choisir are raising the alarm after testing 55 different soy-based products that included deserts, prepared meals, sauces, and drinks. They found that just one serving of one of these products can have as many as five times the amount of isoflavones that the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) considers safe.
For example, they found that a serving of couscous from Jardin Bio had 3.5 times the maximum recommended dose, while a handful of Soya Party Nature soybeans from the Soy brand had five times this amount. A glass of the soy-based drink from Cereal Bio known as Sud-Quest Nature, meanwhile, had 150 percent of the maximum isoflavones recommended for adults. They even found phytoestrogens in some surprising places, such as beef meatballs and chicken nuggets.