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Viva!Health unravels the most recent scientific research and makes it easy to understand. Here we update you on the latest findings...
It’s that tired old chestnut asked by those who think meat, fish, eggs and dairy are the only proper sources of protein. The glib answer is to ask where gorillas, elephants, horses and rhinos get theirs! Some human populations have been thriving on plant-based protein for thousands of years and if you eat enough calories in a varied, vegan diet, it is very difficult to go short. Deficiency is rare in Western societies and is usually the result of disease or ageing rather than diet.
Soya foods may confer many health benefits, including protection against heart disease, diabetes, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, breast cancer and prostate cancer, they may even improve cognitive function. However, not all reports are favourable; some suggest that soya foods can alter sexual development and disrupt fertility. The result is confusion; this article reviews the latest research and sets the record straight.