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Soy milk: shake it up!

When I treasure hunt through the medical literature every year, there are three qualities I find myself using most often to sift the year’s nutritional nuggets into video form. Is it groundbreaking? Is it interesting? Is it practical?

In this week’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, for example, one of the most respected nutrition researchers in the world showed once again a plant-based diet could effectively replace cholesterol-lowering statin drugs like Lipitor. No doubt interesting and useful information, but been there, done that. New studies on aluminum contamination in dairy and scombroid poisoning from canned tuna? Yawn. Covered both back in my volume 3 DVD.

Then there are the study results that may be interesting and innovative (dog rose berries have five times more antioxidants than blueberries?), but not practical to put into daily practice (what the heck are dog rose berries?). I’m always on the lookout for papers that have real-world implications, data with the potential to affect life’s day-to-day decisions. That’s the reasoning behind my HHH series, presenting the latest data on whether various foods and substances are bad for you, neither good nor bad, or good for you:

Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful?
Airborne® Supplements
alfalfa sprouts
artificial butter flavor
artificial colors
artificial sweeteners
betel nuts
black pepper
chili peppers
citric acid
cocoa powder
coconut oil
cod liver oil
dragon fruit
fish oil supplements
folic acid supplements
glyconutrient supplements
goji berries
gum arabic
Herbalife® supplements
hibiscus tea
iron pills
kombucha tea
lutein supplements
lycopene supplements
mangosteen juice
matcha tea
multivitamin supplements
noni juice
osmanthus tea
peanut butter
red tea
selenium supplements
sodium benzoate
soy with breast cancer
spirulina supplements
star fruit
sweet potatoes
tulsi tea
vitamin C supplements
vitamin D supplements
vitamin E supplements
white potatoes
yerba maté
zinc gel for colds.

Today’s new video-of-the-day is in this “hands-on tips for daily living” category. My goal is for to provide not just the latest in nutrition, but the latest in applied nutrition.

-Michael Greger, M.D.

Other blogs on the JAMA study:
Best diet to lower your cholesterol
Diet beats meds for lowering cholesterol
Which foods actually lower your cholesterol?
The four foods that lower your cholesterol


Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

12 responses to “Soy milk: shake it up!

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  1. Can u do a harmful, harmless, helpful video on Nutritional Yeast?  (Does it affect gut flora? MSG reaction? digestive distress, candida? etc)

  2. what is the best substitute for milk that i can use on my kids smoothies etc , using organic obviously would it be soy milk , rice milk , almond milk , coconut milk ? would love some advice

    1. Dirk: I recommend looking at the videos on this site that talk about soy. All of these videos have a section under them for “Sources Cited”. Plus, these videos are presented by someone (Dr. Greger) who has done extensive nutritional research for years and years.

      After watching those videos, I think you might come to the conclusions that 2-3 servings a day of traditional soy products (like tofu, tempeh, soy milk) is very good for you. It’s not necessary to eat soy, but there are some benefits – especially if you start young and/or have or want to prevent breast or prostate cancer.

      You may want to stick to organic soy foods.

      One thing your link got right – the junk food products out there with some soy in it (ice cream, fake meats etc.), those are not healthy. But that doesn’t mean all soy is bad for you. That would be like saying that beets are bad for you because beet sugar is bad for you. Silly argument.

      Hope that helps.

    2. Many of the issues raised in the link are either not relevant to soy, or are completely false.
      Soy does not have a negative hormonal affect, it can help prevent many types of cancers.

      Nobody is saying that soy ice cream and soy meat substitutes are healthful, these are highly processed foods and the author tends to condemn all of soy for this processed food group.

  3. Dog rose are rose hips! They are in most herbal teas. I think they are even in your Berry Zinger tea. They are on par with alma in antioxidant activity I doubt that they are as effective though, because so little is said about them. They could be used as a medicine and I feel that they have their own suite of health benefits left to be discovered, perhaps with regards to infection and sickness, not chronic heart health.

  4. I assume dog rose berries are rose hips? I think wild rose hips used for food come from the Dog Rose, think the Latin is Rosa Canina.

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