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The Blood Type Diet Archives Volume 9

Dangers of Soy

Posted By: Kristin(A)
Date: Thursday, 18 February 1999, at 4:02 a.m.

There was a thread awhile ago on this BB about the possible thyroid-suppressing effects of soy, and I believe the conclusions of our "resident experts" was that there is no danger of this to humans, although soy can have this effect on some animals. However, I'm wondering if anyone has seen this link about phytates, a type of "antinutrients," found in soy, which supposedly block the absorption of several nutrients, especially minerals. I'm very eager to hear people's opinions of this discussion.

By the way, this site discusses the possibility that these phytates are more dangerous to people with type A blood, because they should eat a more vegetarian diet. People who eat meats as well as soy apparently absorb minerals better, and the article says the Asian diet usually includes a mineral-rich fish broth or something along with soy products, which may alleviate the effects of the antinutrients in soy.

Interestingly (to me, anyway!), another site mentions that the typical Asian diet always includes sea vegetables along with soy, which counteracts the thyroid-suppressing effects of soy. Since sea vegetables are very rich in minerals, I wonder if this would be another way to aid mineral absorption when eating soy, if indeed there is any danger from "phytates."


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