Benefits & Dangers of Soy Products

I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I’m not a big fan of the benefits of soy, at least when used as a primary protein source. Soy products are by no means as safe or nutritious as their proponents would have us believe. Then again, on the other side of the equation, the dangers of soy are nowhere near as pronounced as many of its detractors claim. On a good-bad scale, they probably come in at a 35:65 ratio, with the 65 lined up on the negative side. However, a great deal depends on which soy products you use and what your age is.

The History of Soy

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Soy vs. Whey: Protein Quality Matters, Especially to Your Thyroid and Muscles

Quality of protein is a hot topic of debate; whether you consume soy or whey protein makes a considerable difference in your health.

In the past, the idea of quality protein has been attributed to whether or not a protein source provided all eight essential amino acids, which you must get from your diet. Whey protein (a by-product of cheese production), casein (the most common dairy protein, but not found in whey), and soy protein are all examples of complete proteins. According to 20th century theory, these should all be high quality proteins. This idea has enabled the purveyors of cheap soy products to flourish in America.  (more…)

6 Evidence-Based Ways To Burn Belly Fat AND Extend Your Life

Can These 5 Ways of Burning Belly Fat Also Save Your Life?

 

The ongoing battle of the bulge, while once considered primarily a matter of vanity, may actually be one of the best ways to reduce your risk of dying from a multitude of causes (i.e. all-cause mortality), but especially heart attack.[1]

Some studies have even revealed that abdominal obesity, known clinically as central obesity, and which is measured by the hip-to-waist ratio, may be more important than blood lipids, i.e. “cholesterol,” in determining heart attack risk. [2]

So, with this in mind, the following 6 “diet tips,” take on even greater relevance to your overall health. (more…)