The Skinny on Soy

Soy has been under attack in recent years. As interest in the health benefits of soy intensified in the research community, the popularity of soyfoods skyrocketed. Acceptance among consumers of what was one considered a “hippie food” began to take hold.

Innovative new soy products with mainstream appeal seemed to be entering the market almost weekly. As momentum heightened, soy products began penetrating mainstream America and another phenomenon emerged: “soy bashing.”

Astounding claims began to surface about soy, creating anxiety and apprehension among many health conscious consumers. Shocking assertions concerning infertility, sex organ abnormalities, Alzheimer’s disease and thyroid problems have produced a great deal of confusion.

The mighty soybean, which for centuries has held a special place at the table in the East, was now taking a beating in the West. A new cottage industry has emerged peopled by bean-bashers who have made condemning soyfoods an ongoing crusade.

Conspiracy theories seem to take on a life of their own, no matter how specious and how many health-conscious consumers have been confused by the contradictory and often frightening headlines about soy.

The Skinny on Soy speaks with top experts in the field to shed light on the issues and sort out the claims behind the mountain of anti-soy rhetoric. We take on the matter by reviewing and explaining the research in a way that makes sense—common sense.

Four short lectures

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T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University