Updated: May 28
When one starts their journey for a healthier lifestyle many of us assume that soy products are life saving alternative. Soy is used to create soy burgers, hot dogs , milk and in various supplements. Commercially soy products have been glorified in the dietary world, but maybe soy products are just that, commercial without substance. Listed are 5 things you may not have known about soy. Comment and share your opinions below.
1. Soybean Industrial Ties
Soybean oil is commonly used by industrial manufacturers in products such as coatings, plasticizers and polyols for polyurethane foam in vehicles, bedding and furniture. Soybean meal is also used to produce adhesives and paper coatings. Biodiesel fuel for diesel engines can be produced from soybean oil by a simple process called transesterification.
2. Gynecomastia(Male Breast)
A variety of chemicals can be found in Soy, including phytoestrogens, compounds that mimic estrogen in the body. A study for the National Cancer Institute completed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, however, reported that soy-eating men experienced “nipple discharge, breast enlargement and slight decreases in testosterone. Although the researchers concluded these side effects were inconsequential and few men would see visible “testicle shrinkage” or “massive breast enlargement,” the bottom line is the subjects of the study showed feminization from high soy phytoestrogen consumption.Whether their “moobs” came in large or small, their development signified estrogenization, lowered testosterone levels and overall hormonal imbalance.
3. Aliases – If you decided to not consume soy, you may want to pay more attention to these names on your labels before bringing your groceries home. Few names that soy will hide under, mono-diglyceride, Lecithin, MSG, TVP, TSF.