The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Foodby Published 01 Mar 2005
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A groundbreaking expose that tells the truth about soy that scientists know but that the soy industry has tried to suppress. Soy is not a health food, does not prevent disease and has not even been proven safe.Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, even heart disease and cancer.
The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food Reviews
I was equally delighted and horrified to read this book. I will admit that I did not read the entire book. It was a bit too thick for me, so after reading the first half, I picked which bits I wanted more information on. Regardless, the long and short of it is that I am now completely off non-fermented soy products. This means, sigh, no tofu, no soy milk, etc. As a person-with-female-hormones, and with my family history of female-based-cancers, it is clearly too dangerous for me to potentially fan that particular flame. So this book had a _huge_ impact on my life. That being said, it was not the best written book I've consumed. It was a bit dogmatic, stilted, and rather dry for most of it. I think it's an important boo that everyone should read, but just don't expect an easy read.
If I could give this book zero stars I would. I stopped reading this book a third of the way in. It is obvious that Kaayla Daniel has a hidden agenda. Her writing is biased, she gleans information and manipulates it to suit her viewpoint and she's a terrible writer.
Don't waste your time. There's got to be a better source of information about soy products and the industry.
Eeek! This book scared me out of my kitchen. As someone who used to feed my kids a massive amount of soy each day, (in consequence of their allergies to dairy, eggs, and various nuts) I have now made some drastic changes to cut back on the amount of soy we eat around here.
You know, I am not a scientist. And I am a skeptical enough person that unless I do the testing myself, I will never really know for sure who to believe with all this health and nutrition information. But this book really does seem solid to me. The evidence and the incredible depth of scientific explanation convinced me that soy is truly something to be wary of. There are people making serious money on soy, and I do believe the health risks outweigh the benefits, especially for infants on soy formula, vegetarians, and other people who take in excessive amounts of soy. If you fit into this category, this book is worth the read so you can decide for yourself!
the complete history of soy and everything you ever wanted to know about it. Fermented soy is good, regular is bad in a nutshell.
I only made it about 1/3 of the way through this book, but I had gotten the point by then.
Daniel argues (convincingly) that soy is not the magic health food that the food corporations claim. She presents excellent (and detailed) evidence to the contrary. The only safe way to consume soy, she argues, is in its traditional, fermented forms: tofu, tempeh, miso, and soy sauce among them. The problem is, the versions of these products that are sold in the US are not made in the traditional way. The difference between what the traditional methods (still used in Asia, where they developed) produce and what the industrialized US methods produce is like the difference between an artisan loaf of French bread, and a loaf of Wonderbread.
The reason I only made it 1/3 of the way through is that, while the information in this book is excellent, it is a rather dry read, and by the time I was 150 pages or so in, I had already been convinced to avoid soy like the plague. I skipped around a bit in the final chapters (the information on soy baby formula is truly terrifying), but I had far more interesting things to be reading.
All that being said, the information in this book is important, and has convinced me to read ingredient lists even more closely than I had before. Although it is well-nigh impossible to eliminate soy altogether if you choose to eat packaged foods (even, and especially "healthy" packaged foods), I have chosen to reduce my soy intake as much as possible.