The solution to the mystery behind the headlines.
Is this fact, or fiction?
It is not only fiction, but the opposite is probably true. Studies have shown soy improves cognition.
But the study says… No—the study title says that, but what does the actual study say? The study found tofu to be harmful, but tempe to be protective, so it can’t be the soy itself since tempe is actually a more concentrated source of soy than tofu. Combined with the fact that data around the rest of the world suggests soy protects memory, this raised the question, what do they put in their tofu in Indonesia?
If the journalists had bothered to read the study they would have seen that according to Indonesian departments of health, formaldedye is often added to tofu (but not tempe) to preserve its freshness. Formaldehyde, the neurotoxic carcinogen formaldehyde. Mystery solved.
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