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Soy, which is often added to foods like breads and cereals, and used as a meat substitute in foods like tofu may be linked to hypothyroidism – a condition that causes unexplained weight gain and difficulty losing weight.
Hypothyroidism, also referred to as an underactive thyroid gland, is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone.
According to WebMD
The thyroid controls how your body’s cells use energy from food, a process called metabolism. Among other things, your metabolism affects your body’s temperature, your heartbeat, and how well you burn calories.
If you don’t have enough thyroid hormone, your body processes slow down. That means your body makes less energy, and your metabolism becomes sluggish.
This link between soy and weight gain may be due to Phytoestrogens (Isoflavones) that are naturally found in soy. These compounds mimic the fat storing hormone estrogen.
A study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, looked into concerns about how phytoestrogens affect thyroid function.
The study found:
There is a 3-fold increased risk of developing overt hypothyroidism with dietary supplementation of 16 mg soy phytoestrogens with subclinical hypothyroidism (Sathyapalan,2011).
Nick Pineault, creator of The Truth About Fat Burning Foods, feels the food industry has it backwards when it comes to food and fat storage.
Certain foods you think you need to avoid actually burn way more fat than most of the normal “healthy” food choices you shop for.
Pineault, referred to as The Nutrition Nerd, feels that processed foods, and their high content of partially hydrogenated soybean oil are the main culprit when it comes to obesity.
From his research he feels that eating a diet high in these foods has a devastating effect on your hormones, increases belly fat, and can prevent your body from absorbing certain minerals, leading to malnutrition if you eat them too frequently.
He points to the French Paradox to explain how even saturated fats may be more effective at preventing fat storage than processed foods high in soy products.
On his website he writes the following about the French Paradox:
Despite regularly eating high-fat cheeses, delicious breads, red meat, while topping it off with liters of exquisite red wine, the French still seem to magically be able to prevent fat gain.
Pineault recommends food swaps to replace fat storing foods with fat burning foods. To read more on how to transform your diet using these food swaps, visit The Truth About Fat Burning Foods
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About the Author:
Dr. Becky Gillaspy is an associate faculty professor of nutrition and author of the book: Lose Weight without Losing Your Love Affair with Food.