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The truth about SO Y A

We’ve all seen the headlines and for some of us, the health scares linked to soya have been salient enough to ditch the tofu altogether. But is it actually bad for us? Charlotte Willis reveals the science behind the gossip
Soya is packed with protein and an excellent source of polyunsaturated fats

Ah, soya. Where would we be without you? Just the very thought of a tofu-less dinner plate, a soya-less sauce and a soy-free creamy latte is enough to leave many vegans at a culinary loss. But when headlines regarding the potential carcinogenic, hormone-disrupting health implications of soya reared their heads a few years ago, many of us were left confused over whether we should be eating things like tofu at all.

The disparaging aftershocks of proclaiming ‘X causes Y’ in a national newspaper have never before been so strongly felt than when it comes to soya, with negative opinions influencing concerned consumers who ditched this protein-rich legume out of fear. Soya was rumoured to contribute towards the development of breast and ovarian cancer in women. In men, soya was deemed to have emasculating eff ects, counteracting testosterone levels and leading to breast development and poor muscle tone. Now we’ve well and truly visited the rumour mill, let’s continue by examining the scientific nature of soya.

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Our June issue is all about food that makes you feel great – from colourful salads to soul bowls and curries! We also explore the new fitness trends, including how fitness festivals are the next big thing, and discover how plants can heal common ailments such as colds, skin problems and PMT. If you're concerned about insect decline, we show you how to turn your garden into an oasis for wildlife in time for summer. We also meet 12-year old activist Genesis Butler, review the best places to eat Spanish food on the high street and share our tips for surviving the transition to plant-based. As always, the issue is packed with lifestyle ideas and shopping pages, including vegan workwear and body scrubs to get skin glowing for summer.

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