Simple Nutrition: The Whole Soy Story

05.05.14 | Sarah Harnisch

Do you use soy sauce? Soy baby formula? Soy milk? Or any products with soy in them-- like chocolate, which has soy lecithin? What are the dangers of soy? Family Life's Morning News Anchor Sarah Harnisch and Certified Natural Health Professional Brandee Gorsline interview Dr. Kayla Daniel, author of "The Whole Soy Story."

Additional Information:

Buy Dr. Daniel's book here

Dangers of Soy:
Soy linked to Brain Damage and Breast Cancer
The Whole Soy Story

Which soy products are good for you?
Organic and properly fermented soy is good for you. After a long fermentation process, the phytate and "anti-nutrient" levels of soybeans are reduced, and their beneficial properties become available to your digestive system. You may have heard that Japanese people live longer and have lower rates of cancer than Americans because they eat so much soy—but it's primarily fermented soy that they consume, and it's always been that way Fermented soy products are the only ones I recommend consuming. These are the primary fermented soy products you'll find:

Tempeh a fermented soybean cake with a firm texture and nutty, mushroom-like flavor.
Miso, a fermented soybean paste with a salty, buttery texture (commonly used in miso soup).
Natto, fermented soybeans with a sticky texture and strong, cheese-like flavor.
Soy sauce, which is traditionally made by fermenting soybeans, salt and enzymes; be wary because many varieties on the market today are made artificially using a chemical process.

Please note that tofu is NOT on this list. Tofu is not fermented, so is not among the soy foods I recommend.

This is a link to a safe soy sauce


Your Comments(please keep them on topic and polite)

on 05.06.14 Jessica commented

Hi FLN! I love your station, but am a little disturbed with the link to this dr. I went to her site and signed up to receive her emails and liked her on facebook. I was then sent a thanks for subscribing email with a link to her free 69 Naughty Bytes E-Book. Wow, is all I can say. Here is the link: I just think while she is trying to be funny, it is quite off color. Wasn't sure if you were aware of this. Thanks!

on 05.07.14 Sarah Harnisch commented

Hi Jessica!
I apologize for her site-- I'm sure it's her PR team more than Dr. Daniel herself. She is an absolutely wonderful woman, and her book is definitely worth a scientific but easy read. We'll pull the link to her website down but leave the link to her book up so people have a strong resource. Thank you for posting this-- we appreciate it!