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Tofu Dementia

July 5th 2008 23:16
I stated my opinion on soy and tofu many times before. I believe it's overblown and not as healthy as they claim. It might have health benefits but overconsumption can lead to health problems. I don't think we need estrogen on a daily, or weekly basis and should be used in moderation. Unfortunately, soy is in many foods and beverages. Some that we consume daily. Many are labelled as healthy.

Now comes another possible downside of soy and tofu. I once discussed how an aquaintance consumes tofu and soy products to the extreme. My theory is that these products could possibly lead to man-boobs. That remains to be proven, but don't rule it out.

It seems that tofu may raise risk of dementia. It is also being studied the possibility of soy taking credit for other nutrients. From the article:
The latest study also found that eating tempe, a fermented soy product made from the whole soy bean, was associated with better memory.

Professor Hogervorst said the beneficial effect of tempe might be related to the fact that it contains high levels of the vitamin folate, which is known to reduce dementia risk.

Soy may be more beneficial to younger people but may lead to dementia in the elderly. From the article:
Soy products are rich in micronutrients called phytoestrogens, which mimic the impact of the female sex hormone oestrogen.

There is some evidence that they may protect the brains of younger and middle-aged people from damage - but their effect on the ageing brain is less clear.

The latest study suggests phytoestrogens - in high quantity - may actually heighten the risk of dementia.

This article applies to high soy consumption, but remember that soy has no known Daily Requirement value!

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Comment by Anonymous

July 20th 2008 17:11
But the study also suggests, if you read the whole article, that formaldehyde, which is sometimes used in preserving food in Indonesia, might also be a causal factor of dementia.

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