The healthfulness properties of soy protein are a matter of some debate recently. Although soy and soy-based foods are common as meatless sources of protein, there are some reports of dangers from these products.
While studies involving compounds found in soy have shown a link with certain types of cancer, experts believe that in soy-based products the negative effects of these compounds are counteracted by other components. Moreover, the isoflavones that are often cited as the culprit really don’t become dangerous except in large doses.
Soy protein may even help fight breast cancer. It has also been shown to be good for weight loss, arthritis relief and improved brain function, and can help alleviate menopausal symptoms. Soy is also rich in antioxidants, which can help fight and prevent a variety of chronic illnesses.
Soy has other benefits as well. It has been shown to increase muscle mass while lowering cholesterol, and it is much lower in saturated fat than other protein sources such as red meat. In addition, say milk brings many of the benefits of dairy to people who can’t have lactose or otherwise need to avoid it.