Soy products are no more healthy for you than eating meat, AHA reveals
This Washington Post story about the sudden discovery that soy may not be as healthy as once thought warms my heart and further solidifies my sound decision to start livin' la vida low-carb two years ago.
Soy has long been heralded as the health food of the future, but the American Heart Association concluded after reviewing ten years worth of studies that soy and soy-based products are no more healthier for you in lowering cholesterol levels than the meat products they are supposed to replace.
"We don't want to lull people into a false sense of security that by eating soy they can solve the problem (with cholesterol)," Dr. Michael Crawford, chief of clinical cardiology at University of California San Francisco Medical Center, told The Washington Post. "If they are radically altering their diet where they're only eating soy in the hopes that this is going to bring their cholesterol down, they're deluding themselves."
So much for those "veggie burgers and tofu" that low-fatties have trumpeted for years as the answer to all health problems! Personally, I could never bring myself to eating soy products despite their alleged health benefits. Although tofu soaked up all the flavor of whatever juices or flavorings it was put into contact with, why should I give up the real thing -- a big, fatty, juicy, succulent, delicious and nutrious steak?! Yeah, buddy!
Now the AHA has suprised everyone with their findings and will surely have the Food and Drug Administration scrambling to have companies change the nutrition labeling regarding their soy-based products.
On top of these products having little to no effect on cholesterol levels, the AHA panel also discovered neither soy products nor its component isoflavone showed any benefit to women with menopause as previously thought as well as preventative measures to ward off breast, uterine and prostate cancer. It was also unclear whether soy actually helps with postmenopausal bone loss.
Yikes! Have we really been duped this bad about how allegedly "healthy" soy is for us? One of the most highly touted products by the low-fat supporters now has some explaining to do. Why was soy so widely accepted as a health food before long-term studies could prove it? Where were the outcries that it had not been examined long enough (as the opponents of low-carb are always hearing from the staunchest critics)?
The fact is there weren't any because nobody dared challenge something that fit the template of the government-recommended low-fat/low-calorie diet mantra. They wanted ANYTHING to prevent people from eating the evil of all evils -- MEAT (and beef in particular!) -- to carry out their radical plans to devastate that industry. How will these loonies respond to the news that soy is more healthier for you than cardboard (and tastes about the same, too)?!
These findings were recently published in the journal Circulation.
Nevertheless, anti-meat activists and their low-fat supporters are busy trying to spin this one by claiming it is still better to eat soy than the "less healthy fare like burgers and hot dogs."
What's wrong with burger and hot dogs? They have very few to ZERO carbohydrates and lots of nutritious protein and fat to keep you satisfied and full much longer than ANY high-carb/low-fat food out there. I'm glad to see soy is being challenged as a health food because I contend that meat is a healthy food. When you are livin' la vida low-carb, eating meat can and will help you control your hunger, satisfy you with a great-tasting meal, and help you shed pounds because it is very low in carbohydrates.
But since 1999, the FDA has allowed soy manufacturers to add the claim that it lowers cholesterol in conjunction with a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Uh-oh, that message has now been proven to be WRONG-O! Now what?
After looking at 22 studies and determining that LDL "bad" cholesterol had only dropped about 3 percent and HDL "good" cholesterol was unchanged as well as having no effect on blood pressure, the AHA was forced to release its findings to the public to inform them that there are no major health benefits to consuming soy.
But nutritionists on the panel, such as Dr. Frank Sacks from the Harvard School of Public Health, are still clinging to their belief that soy is better than meat for a healthy diet.
"Soy proteins and isoflavones don't have any major health benefits other than soy protein products are generally good foods," he said. "They're good to replace other foods that are high in cholesterol."
Hmm, I wonder what he could be talking about? Beef, pork, chicken, turkey? Undoubtedly.
Interestingly, despite their discovery that soy is a nutrition imposter, the AHA is still clinging to the so-called benefits of eating soy-based products such as tofu, soy butter, soy nuts and some soy burgers for a strong heart because they offer polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals and are low in saturated fat.
There are other foods that have those same qualities, including cuts of beef, pork and more. These truly healthy foods have been unnecessarily demonized by the media and health "experts" as being dangerous and damaging to your heart. HOGWASH! There's no more danger in eating a hamburger, hot dog, or steak than there is in sucking down nasty tofu all day long! These carb-nazis will stop at nothing to ramrod their opinions down the throats of everyone they can.
And for what? What is their ultimate motive? They want you to believe they want you to be healthy and control your weight with their recommendations. But what has been the result of their message? Higher and higher obesity rates. People are beginning to see the disconnect and are wondering what else they have been lied to about regarding health and nutrition.
That's why livin' la vida low-carb is resurging. People are educating themselves about what a "heart-healthy diet" consists of and they realize it's not found in soy products. Instead they are going back to the meat market and purchasing the naturally low-carb cuts of meat that will keep their heart strong and vibrant for many years to come. That's what this way of eating does for so many.
So ditch the soy because it sucks for your health and start eating beef instead!