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Soy has been considered both a saving grace and an instigator of evil, all within its 10 short years of being in the spotlight of the media. Many rumors stem from the fact that soy contains phytoestrogens, which function similarly to the natural form of estrogen. While there is some evidence to suggest these phytoestrogens can alter the processes of certain parts of the body, most research has discovered their influence very weak in comparison to the real deal. But let's put all rumor aside, and take an honest look at both the fact and the fiction of soy.

*Caveat: I am not a doctor and soy research is ever-evolving. This information comes from my studies as a journalist for various health magazines. Use this article as an entry point for further research of your own depending on what your particular soy concerns are.