"So my daughter is going vegetarian, I think, she hasn't eaten meat for two months. And she's doing it all wrong."
"Oh?" I ask.
"I don't think she gets enough protein. What do you do for protein?"
So another classmate (who does eat meat, but very sparingly, I think I've seen her eat meat once in the two years I've known her) and I go into all the dietary sources of protein. I bring up soy. The inevitable response:
"I don't know, my mother had breast cancer that was estrogen receptive, so I'm worried about soy."
So, okay people, here's my opinion on the subject of soy and breast cancer:
There haven't really been any conclusive studies that link breast cancer to soy consumption, or define excessive soy consumption (or even what constitutes excessive) as making breast cancer worse or increasing the likelihood of resurgence of breast cancer. Soy isoflavenes do appear to mimic estrogen so there is a concern and it is being studied, never fear. However, a woman is 28 times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer. Soy HAS been shown to lower LDL levels, the bad cholesterol linked to heart disease. It is not a huge decrease, not enough to really warrant the "ADD SOY TO EVERYTHING!" mania, but is a positive for soy.
There is no single wonder miracle food to prevent cancer and every other disease, however, I think soy is significantly less dangerous than a lot of other foods.