There are just too many problems with soy — including soy milk — to say that it's OK (for men or women). On the one hand, you've probably seen the reports (as we have) that say: "soy consumption has been associated with lower cardiovascular and breast cancer risks," etc. But more and more, it's looking like that the benefits of soy are outweighed by the detriments of its active ingredients, estrogenic isoflavones. By their name, you can probably guess that these are compounds in soy that have estrogen-like characteristics. That fact alone should give you a hint that men should be wary before consuming soy. Furthermore, a study from Harvard Medical School demonstrates that soy can cause men to experience hypogonadism (decreased sex gland production) and erectile dysfunction. Surprisingly, the study centers around a young man, just 19 years old, who experienced a "sudden onset of loss of libido and erectile dysfunction after the ingestion of large quantities of soy-based products." Blood tests confirmed that his testosterone level was indeed decreased as a result of soy he was eating. After abandoning soy, it still took a full year for his testosterone levels to normalize. Researchers said, "This case emphasizes the impact of isoflavones in the regulation of sex hormones and associated physical alterations." The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University echoes the lackluster findings regarding soy: "Results of numerous observational studies do not support the idea that high soy isoflavone intakes in adults are protective against breast cancer." If it's protein you're after, hemp seed is a much better and more digestible choice, and almond milk and oat milk are much healthier (and better tasting) options than soy milk. For more information on soy and why it's not on The Hallelujah Diet, click here.
What kind of milk alternative do you buy (or make)?