Like with most foods, there is the good, and of course, the bad. In recent times, the poor old soy bean had been subject to a lot of negative media attention, however, there are 2 sides to every story...... In it's most natural form , soya beans are actually an extremely nutritious food. They are a complete protein and contain good amounts of B vitamins, magnesium, iron, folate, lecithin and calcium to name a few. So what's the issue I hear you say? The issue is both in the way we consume soy as well as the processing we subject it to before we eat it. You see, the vast majority of the soy based products we consume such as soy milk, soy "meat" products, soy cheese and textured vegetable protein is genetically modified. Yep, scarily most soy products are GMO. As so many of us are avoiding gluten now, guess what they use as a filler in a lot of biscuits and snack food? You guessed it, GMO soy. You will see it labelled as soy isoflavins or isolates. These are BAD news. The way we consume soy as a Western society is about as far from how it has been consumed traditionally as you can get. In Asian countries, particularly Japan, the soy bean is eaten in its raw state, as a bean or as tofu. They do not process it, or change the chemical structure , pour it all over their cereal every morning or cconsume 1/2 a litre of it in a smoothie or latte. Like so many other food products, we have taken what it a beautiful , healthy and naturally occurring plant and turned it into a toxic mess. What about soy and it's effect on hormones? The body's estrogen receptors are receptive to both xenoestrogens and phyto estrogens. In essence, xeno (meaning foreign ) estrogens are bad news and come from exposure to plastics , beauty and cleaning products . Phytoestrogens, the good guys, come from plant based proteins such as whole, organic soy. When the body is stuffed with xenoestrogens, we cannot accept the phytoestrogens at the receptor site , therefore disrupting hormone balance. In a nut shell, only consume soy products that state on the packing that they contain "organic, whole soy beans" and avoid the GMO, soy isoflanivs and isolates like the plague. This includes soy sauce, soy milk and tofu . Avoid products of Japan ( 😦 ) since the Fukushima disaster and read your labels very carefully.