Avoid This “Health Food”

There’s a belief that most everything ‘plant-based’ is good for you and good for your skin.

Although whole plant foods are, in general, great for improving your skin and reducing aging, processed plant foods can be terrible for them.

One good example is soy.

When consumed in its natural form as edamame, it can be a healthy, age-reducing snack. Even tofu, which is minimally processed, is good for your skin, since it retains most of soy’s omega-3 fats and anti-oxidant isoflavones. These isoflavones are great for your heart and can even help reduce the risk of breast cancer.

The problem with processed soy products, like soy burgers and soy milk, is that much of the beneficial isoflavones are removed during processing and replaced with age-wrecking substances like MSG. For some, the phytoestrogens in processed soy products can also have untoward effects.

One study found that the amount of phytoestrogens in two cups of soy milk were comparable to what women get in a birth control pill!

But what about Asians? Don’t they eat a lot of soy, yet are healthier than Americans?

Asians don’t eat as much soy as we think. They tend to use soy as a condiment (such as in soy sauce) and not as a meal, like we do.

So, bottom-line: natural and minimally-processed soy is good, processed soy is bad.


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