soyknown as a Rich source of protein for vegetarians, has long been consumed for its nutritional content and versatility. Dr. Archana Sukumaran, Ayurveda Physician (BAMS) in Kerala said, “Soybeans not only have high protein content, but also a rich source of fibre, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, phytoestrogens, saturated fats and other essential elements for the body. source.” Ayurveda told indianexpress.com. But the expert was quick to add that this legume species, too, is often embroiled in “nutritional controversy” for a variety of reasons. Agreed Dr Dimple Jangda, who is also an Ayurveda expert, said that soy is not that healthy and should be replaced with healthier alternatives. But what is it about soy that suggests experts to consume it with caution?
Sharing why soy consumption is challenged, Dr. Archana listed the following reasons:
Estrogen-like effect: Soy isoflavones, a chemical compound present in soybeans, is believed to mimic the female hormone estrogen. “Soy isoflavones resemble estrogen in structure and have a weaker but marginally different effect than estrogen. However, they may show increased effects of the same hormone on the body,” said Dr. Archana, in which Dr. Dimple It is said that these isoflavones “promote the growth of certain cancer cells and play havoc with them.” thyroid Ceremony too.”
Cancer risk: “Some findings suggest that soy isoflavones may increase the risk of endometrial or Breast Cancer Or the possibility of getting these anomalies. But most research shows no adverse effects. In rare circumstances, they may also provide some defense against particular deformities. But one should always exercise caution” said Dr. Archana.
Effects on Thyroid Activity: Several animal and test tube studies indicate that some soy-derived chemicals may cause spoilage. function of thyroid gland, “However, research on humans shows no adverse effects, especially in people with normal thyroid function,” she revealed.
Genetically Modified Crop: In general, soybeans are genetically modified (GMO), containing more important herbicide residues and fewer nutrients than regular or regular soybeans. organic “It is necessary to conduct more studies on the long-term health effects of GMO soy,” the soy expert stressed.
Antinutrients or nutritional qualityCompounds in soybeans can make it difficult for the body to absorb vitamins and minerals. reduce them anti nutrient He suggested that levels in soy could be accomplished through cooking, sprouting, fermentation and soaking.
Digestive disorders: According to animal research, soy’s antinutrients can weaken the protective barrier of the gut, leading to inflammation and digestive problemsDr Archana said that more research on humans is needed to support this claim.
What does Ayurveda say about the consumption of soy?
According to Dr. Archana, soya was not traditionally included in the Ayurvedic diet as it is a very tough protein. collection, “Some Ayurveda practitioners vehemently oppose soy, which is why it was rarely used as a medicine. In addition, it has rajasic (a stimulating mood factor) or stimulating action. In addition, soy has Energy has been treated as a drain and tax,” said Dr Archana.
Dr. Dimple echoed the same views and wrote that Ayurveda does not recommend fermented soy either. “Soy protein isolates contain more nutrients than others as it undergoes processing. Miscellaneous. Vitamins And minerals are lost and instead, chemicals enter your body,” her Instagram post read.
Sharing his personal experience when he was first put on a high soy milk diet with no other changes to his diet, Dr Dimple said: “Within three months, my body started exhibiting a massive kapha imbalance. Started to slow down. Mucus, low metabolism, muscle clotting/tumor formation. I had a severe sinus infection and had to go through painful surgery to be able to breathe. Plus, I grew bigger fibroids For which I am undergoing ayurvedic medicines and yoga therapy to help them dissolve naturally.”
So should soy be replaced with other foods?
Dr. Dimple Suggests Replacing Soy With a “Superfood” chickpeas“It’s a good source of protein, carbohydrates, good fats, fiber, and is loaded with amino acids,” she said in the video. According to her, chickpeas contain significant amounts of all essential amino acids except the sulfur-containing amino acids which can be obtained from cerealBeans, peas, nuts, and seeds.
Plus, it’s a good source of vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, E, B6, and C, magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, and folate. “It contains choline which helps keep the brain and nervous system running smoothly,” she said.
Dr. Archana suggested eating canola meal. “Oilseed meal, the material left over after oil extraction, has tremendous potential to replace soybean meal in whole or in part. Especially enriched proteinCanola meal has an amino acid profile and protein quality comparable to soybean meal,” she told indianexpress.com.
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