I really thought I was done with the subject of soy and hormones, but here I am rehashing it… yet again. Once more fighting a misconception that just won’t give up the damned ghost.

Recently, a story began making rounds that a veterinarian, a Dr. James Stangle of South Dakota, made the claim that soy protein, as found in plant-based burgers such as the Impossible Burger, feminizes men by increasing their estrogen levels.

Sadly, it appears that some of my own viewers bought into this unfounded nonsense, as demonstrated here.

Thus, I’ve decided to address soy once again, hopefully for the final time, albeit in a more abbreviated manner than before.

To quote Stangle, “just six glasses of soy milk per day has enough estrogen to grow boobs on a male.”

Now, I am not going to bother going through the rest of the Daily Mail article in detail with you, but I’ve linked to it at my blog for those interested.

It does please me to say that the Daily Mail did point out that “there has been little evidence that has definitively proven these claims.”

The article is really a mix of he said / she said from both sides of the aisle. In other words, those who believe soy will feminize men and those who disagree with that conclusion.

It also includes the anecdote of a 60-year-old man, published back in 2008, who was reported to have suffered enlarged breasts, a lowered libido, and elevated estrogen levels after consuming 3 quarts of soy milk per day. Apparently, everything returned to normal once this man stopped consuming the soy milk.

However, anecdote is a poor form of evidence. Though, I will admit, consuming 3 quarts of soy milk per day does seem a bit excessive to me. I’ve never heard of anyone else doing that! I mean, why?!

Either way, in the case of that gentleman, the sample size was just one. He was also older, and all of his ailments were self-reported except his estrogen levels, which were tested for, and were found to be elevated. However, the imaging performed on his body found nothing unusual in the chest, abdominal, and pelvic regions. In other words, they didn’t show any enlargement of breast tissue despite his claims to the contrary. Even the study authors noted that his case was “unusual”.

Furthermore, the study made no mention of the man’s medical history or lifestyle habits. For example, was this man overweight or obese? What was his diet like beyond his epic intake of soy milk? Was he diabetic? Was he on any medications? How was his sleep? How were his stress levels? Did he exercise? Did he smoke or drink? Etc.

Those are all things that can significantly impact hormone values, especially at his age. And they are some examples of why anecdote is such a poor form of evidence.

Anyway, now I am going to quickly address the concern about soy. Then, I will provide my thoughts on mock meat products.

First, based on a review of data from a total of 47‬ peer-reviewed clinical studies, 15 of which were placebo-controlled, it was determined that neither soy foods nor isoflavone supplements have any significant effect on total testosterone, sex hormone-binding globulin, free testosterone, or free androgen index in men.

Furthermore, the isoflavones in soy do not exert any feminizing effects on men either, even at intake levels equal to and considerably higher than what is typical for Asian males.

And that’s just scratching the surface of the human data available on soy. The operative word being “human”. Not rodents, birds, dogs, cats, or Martians… humans!

If you would like a more detailed analysis of the body of research regarding soy and its effect on hormones, then I recommend that you check out my two Paul Joseph Watson responses from late 2017. The second video looks at how, in a very specific population, soy could alter hormone values, though not with any significance. Certainly not enough for a man to grow a pair of juicy ‘knockers’ as the fear-mongers would have you believe.

I also recommend that you watch my response to Greg O’Gallagher and Chris Walker, which examines both soy and flax seeds.

Yes, soy contains phytoestrogens, which are are plant derived, but it does not contain the mammalian variety. And while they have a similar chemical structure to one another, ‘similar’ does not imply ‘the same’. Furthermore, phytoestrogens incite different reactions in the human body than animal estrogens.

And I elaborated on all of this, in detail, in that first Paul Joseph Watson response; complete with evidence! I strongly recommend that you check all of those videos out, if you have not already.

Now, do I think that mock meats are healthy to consume? Yes and no. It depends on a number of factors and, ultimately, the brand and product.

Mock meats are all heavily-processed, but being “processed” does not inherently make a food unhealthy. And there are different degrees of food processing.

You need to pay attention to the ingredients, something I’ll give an example of momentarily. You also need to consider the nutritional value, such as the calories, macros, and micros, that a given product offers.

You may even want to consider whether a given product contains GMOs or not. Some folks care about this more than others.

Take the popular Impossible Burger for example. It debuted in the summer of 2016, first at select restaurants, such as Momofuku Nishi located in Chelsea here in New York City. But, recently, it began landing on store shelves and at Burger King.

The Impossible Burger uses both GMO soy protein concentrate and GMO soy protein isolate.

Whereas its competitor, the delicious Beyond Beef, is non-GMO, and for those who wish to avoid it for any reason, also does not contain soy.

Furthermore, the Impossible Burger contains a novel form of heme iron derived from soy. This form of heme is not found in any other brand of mock meat product that I am aware of.

Typically, heme iron can only be found in animal flesh.

But the Biochemist behind the Impossible Burger found a way to produce it in a lab from soy.

The problem here is that we have research suggesting that high intakes of heme iron may be a dietary risk factor for both esophageal and stomach cancer, as well as colorectal cancer.

Normally, this would only be a concern for folks who consume meat, but now a vegan could potentially put themselves at risk by consuming the Impossible Burger.

So, while the Impossible Burger likely won’t give you a pair of bouncing “tiddies”, it may give you some sweet, sweet ass cancer. Pros and cons, right?

Ergo, when it comes to mock meats, I separate them product-by-product with regards to whether or not I consider them healthful to consume. I, personally, have decided to pass on the Impossible Burger. In fact, I will likely pass on anything Impossible Foods creates, including the newly-introduced Impossible Pork.

But, I do love me some Gardein and Beyond Meat products!

Anyway, leave your thoughts and comments below.


Veterinarian says the Impossible Whopper ‘will make men grow breasts because of soy proteins’

An unusual case of gynecomastia associated with soy product consumption.

Clinical studies show no effects of soy protein or isoflavones on reproductive hormones in men: results of a meta-analysis.

Soybean isoflavone exposure does not have feminizing effects on men: a critical examination of the clinical evidence.

Video: “Paul Joseph Watson is a Complete Idiot”

Video: “Paul Joseph Watson Is STILL Wrong, BUT…”

Video: “Greg O’Gallagher & Chris Walker Are WRONG About Flax & Soy!”

The Beef With the GMO Impossible Burger

The Nutrition Source

Heme iron from meat and risk of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus and stomach

Dietary heme iron and the risk of colorectal cancer with specific mutations in KRAS and APC

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