Understanding Soy Safety
by: Konstanin Yakimchuk, MD, PhD
Soy products contain compounds called phytoestrogens, which provide a wealth of health benefits—and a few potential risks.
The growing popularity of soy products in U.S. and European diets has raised considerable controversy. While the soy-rich diets of Asia generate documented health benefits, questions persist about the safety of soy in some products, especially infant formula.
To make sense of this debate, it helps to understand the nature of dietary compounds called phytoestrogens—plant-based compounds whose chemical structure resembles estrogens, the female sex hormones of mammals. Also called isoflavones, phytoestrogens are most prevalent in soybeans and red clover.
Fitness Journal, Volume 15, Issue 9
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