To help you separate fact from fiction, here are some of the popular soy myths debunked:
1. All soy in the US is genetically modified (GMO)
While the majority of soybeans grown in the US are genetically modified (93%), there is a small percentage that is non-GMO, such as the soy in Almased. Genetic engineering helps to introduce new characteristics to crops so that those crops become more resistant to herbicides, therefore making it easier for farmers to control weeds. If you would like to avoid GMO soy products, look for the terms “non-GMO” or “organic” on the label. Certified organic products are not allowed to use genetically modified ingredients (excluding water and salt).
Soy is one of nature’s most protein-rich plant foods, offering numerous health benefits. Yet in recent years, soy has had a bad rap for its alleged negative effects on our body’s hormones, leading to potential health dangers. Touted as problematic by much of the media and health enthusiasts, many people have sworn off soy completely from their diets. Sadly, the substantial health benefits of soy are not only undermined, but also unbeknownst to many people.
Soy is a native plant to Eastern Asia. It was first cultivated in China in 1100 BC and has been consumed regularly by Asian populations for centuries. In Japan, the high consumption of soy has been correlated with the country’s low rate of breast and prostate cancer and high life longevity.