Soy for America? (GRE argument topic)
A recent study shows that people living on the continent of North America suffer 9 times more chronic fatigue and 31 times more chronic depression than do people living on the continent of Asia. Interestingly, Asians, on average, eat 20 grams of soy per day, whereas North Americans eat virtually none. It turns out that soy contains phytochemicals called isoflavones, which have been found to possess disease–preventing properties. Thus, North Americans should consider eating soy on a regular basis as a way of preventing fatigue and depression.
On the other hand :The US currently has 65 million acres of soybean planted to support the gigantic processed food industry. 60% of all food on store shelves contain soy. As a side note, the asians did not by and large EAT their soy. They fermented it for up to 3 years and then used it as a light condiment. 65% of the asian diet consisted of fish (Japan) or pork (China) - i.e. natural meats. The soy intake was around 2 Tbsp a day - a far cry from the huge amounts of "modified soy" found in a modern developed country diet.
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The link between high cholesterol and heart disease has been established. And studies have shown that soy fights cholesterol therefore reduces the risk of heart disease.
A number of other foods such as citrus fruits:grapefruits,oranges, tangerine, Malta and Kinnow help reduce risk for thrombosis (coagulation of fat in the lumen of arteries/veins) and thus heart disease.
The thing about the alternative cholesterol reducers is that they do not come with the health problems that soy causes.
Soy in America shares its issues with all processed foods; how are foods processed? preservatives are not good for you? can be fattening, can cause cancer/Parkinson's etc.
good option for vegans/vegetarians, people with protein deficiencies and people who cannot afford meat
Soy saves lives in villages where Iron & protein deficiencies have led a host of health problems. Pregnant women who(would normally) suffer from Iron deficiency anemia can eat soy rather than risk death/disease because they cannot afford meat.
"The US currently has 65 million acres of soybean planted to support the gigantic processed food industry. 60% of all food on store shelves contain soy.
As a side note, the asians did not by and large EAT their soy. They fermented it for up to 3 years and then used it as a light condiment. 65% of the asian diet consisted of fish (Japan) or pork (China) - i.e. natural meats. The soy intake was around 2 Tbsp a day - a far cry from the huge amounts of "modified soy" found in a modern developed country diet"-[[http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art14546.asp]]
"This is because soy contains chemicals called phytoestrogens, which can mimic the female hormone oestrogen and disrupt the body’s normal production of sex hormones"-[[http://www.couriermail.com.au/lifestyle/body-soul/are-we-over-the-joy-of-soy/story-e6frer86-1225809075236]]
Soy contains phytoestrogens which have been found to be responsible for a low sperm count in men and an increased risk for miscarriages in Women.
Soy may also be partially responsible for early puberty in girls all over the U.S.-[[http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6782EV20100809]]
"Why is Soy Valued?
Unlike just about any other plant, soybeans are high in protein and iron. This makes them especially valuable for vegetarians and vegans, but also of interest to anyone who cannot afford to eat meat or wants an alternative. In rural communities where animals were incredibly expensive, soybeans were a cheap alternative.
Soy's Health Claims
Soy has been shown to help lower cholesterol when taken as part of a healthy diet. The diet included 23g/day of soy protein powder. Another study in 2003 found that soy helped reduce the risk of cancer in mice, results which they attributed to the isoflavones in soy"
Soy beans are the best source for cheap/low-quality/-potency/non-meat protein. Soy has been shown to reduce chances for heart disease and cancer.
If you have too much of anything it will harm you and since soy is in 60% of all food items in America; most people have had a sufficient amount without grave consequences.
What do you think?