What You Need to Know about Soy and Breast Cancer

What You Need to Know about Soy and Breast Cancer

A new, large-scale medical study on the effects of soy on breast cancer prognosis and prevention has found that consumption of minimally-processed soy products, such as tofu and edamame may improve outcomes. While there has been significant debate about the effects of soy (largely due to the fact that soy contains estrogen, which has been implicated in the growth of breast cancer tumors), the most recent study found that women who ate minimally-processed soy products had overall lower mortality rates and that this effect was especially strong in women who had certain forms of breast cancer. Further, a meta-analysis of studies investigating the link between soy consumption and breast cancer found that consuming minimally processed soy products cut the risk of developing breast cancer by 41%. Some suggest that this may be why Asian women have the lowest incidence of breast cancer, as most East Asian diets are high in soy products such as tofu, miso, and edamame. Importantly, however, for these findings, the link between better health and soy consumption does not necessarily apply to highly processed soy products, which are what constitute most Americans’ soy consumption. Thus in order to receive the greatest health benefits, women should focus on consuming organic, minimally processed soy.

Key Points:

  • 1Soy has long been touted as a miracle food, but recent research has suggested that it might not be healthy.
  • 2The author suggests that organically grown soy in limited quantities has shown to be beneficial to women who suffer from breast cancer.
  • 3Those who eat highly processed soy can not expect it to decrease their risk of cancer.


Exploring the research and debunking common misconceptions can help you decide whether or not minimally-processed, organic soy is a good fit for you.
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