This week we tackle another seemingly controversial topic: SOY. However, if you look at the research, it’s not really controversial at all. Listen to episode 20 to hear the health claims, the adverse health claims, and what science has to say about both!
What is soy? Glycine max, commonly known as soybean in North America or soya bean, is a species of legume native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean which has numerous uses. The plant, classed as an oilseed rather than a pulse by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, produces significantly more protein per acre than most other uses of land.
So why all the fuss about soy? Soy beans are rich in phytoestrogens, a subclass of a group of antioxidants known as isoflavones. The chemical structure of phytoestrogens is very similar to that of the human sex hormone estrogen (phytoestrogen literally means plant estrogen).
Why does that matter to you? Listen and find out! 🙂