How Much Soy Is Too Much?

While some soy may be good for your body, how much soy is too much?  The health benefits of soy are valid, but as with eating anything – moderation is the key.  Too much soy can be harmful to your health and should be avoided.

Over the last decade, the consumption of soy and soy-based products has increased dramatically.  The soy food industry has increased in sales by nearly half a billion dollars.  Soy products are flying off the shelf, but how much is too much?

Researchers show that in rats, both pregnant and non-pregnant, too much soy caused a variety of problems relating to health.  High doses of soy led to abnormal breast cell growth in male rats and reproduction problems in female rats. Complications occurred in brain development in young rats, and respiratory problems occurred in adult rats.  The list of problems associated with too much soy caused major issues.

While soy, in moderation, is good for you, too much can be harmful.  Currently the FDA argues the amount of required nutrients from soy. Nothing definitive has been set, but limitations have been offered.  Choosing soy based products is fine, but consumption should be done in moderation.  Anything more than 25 grams of soy a day could lead to health problems and unwanted issues.  Your doctor or nutritionist should be able to offer specific information on the amounts that work for you.


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