Is dairy necessary to build strong bones? Is soy the best non-meat protein option out there? Is coffee good for us or bad for us? Proponents of certain foods argue one way, and those against them argue another, but who's right and who's wrong? We're not taking sides here at NutriBullet, but we thought we'd give you the lowdown on 4 of the most controversial foods we could think of and let you make your mind up for yourself. Here's all the information we've got, let us know what you decide!
Keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive of the entire pool of research taking place on these foods, it merely touches on the most widely touted health claims.
*Research is varied due to the lack of consistency in what component or type (concentrate, fermented, processed, whole bean, etc.) of soy is under investigation. Some studies analyze the use of whole soy foods, some use supplements; others use phytoestrogen types, among other variables.
1. Adlercreutz, H. and Mazur, W.; Phyto-oestrogens and Western Diseases, Annals of Medicine, 29, 95-120.
*Research results are mixed as some studies look at dairy foods while others examine the role of calcium. In addition, research varies based on type of dairy product (milk, cheese, etc.) and population studied. The following are based on cow milk consumption and U.S. studies.