Soy Foods and Thyroid Health

 


Along with the increasing presence of soy foods in grocery stores and on restaurant menus has come increasing controversy over soybeans and thyroid health. We’re not surprised to find strong conflicting opinions in this area because scientific research on thyroid and soy is both complicated and inconclusive. Here’s what we know – and what we don’t know – about this important issue.

Soy Isoflavones and Thyroid Function

Research on soybeans and thyroid health has focused on one specific category of nutrient found in soybeans: isoflavones. Isoflavones are phytonutrients that belong to the much larger phytonutrient family called flavonoids. (Most foods contain flavonoids, and many vegetables are especially rich in this family of phytonutrients.) The best studied isoflavones in soybeans are genistein, daidzein, malonylgenistin, and malonyldaidzin. It is very clear that at a molecular and biochemical level, isoflavones in soy have the ability to change thyroid cell events in at least two ways that might be interpreted as posing a risk to the thyroid’s health.

Read more about this at WHFoods.org

Sugar, how much is too much?

I have a colleague who is doing this detox diet under the guidance of a doctor and he can only eat 17 grams of sugar per day. Now, that’s not a lot. Did you know that there is 1 gram of sugar in 1 leaf of romaine lettuce? He used to eat romaine salads and has now switched to spinach as it has no sugar per leaf. So, just out of curiosity, I counted my sugar grams for a typical day. I didn’t change anything in my day, just ate what I normally eat and it added up to 25 grams. Wow, I thought, is that ok? So I did a bit of searching on what levels are appropriate for an average healthy person. I checked out the Heart Association guidelines as there is new evidence of the connection between heart disease and sugar consumption. Turns out I’m about 5 grams over my limit. For women it should be around 6 teaspoons, (there are approximately 4 grams per teaspoon). For men it’s 9 teaspoons. Get this, kids should only have about 3 to 5 teaspoons. The other day, I saw a kid come to school with a Vitamin water. Guess how many grams of sugar. 13 grams! Yikes. So that was the daily intake for that child in 1 bottle.

Check out this link to get more info and find out how you can reduce your sugar intake. Heart.org

Happy Mother’s Day Week!

I love Mother’s Day. It’s fun to have a day to celebrate being a family and spending some time together. Our family usually enjoys a special brunch or dinner either in a restaurant or made by my husband and son. It’s nice, since I’m the primary food preparer, to have a meal prepared for me. Don’t get me wrong. I love cooking and sharing a wonderful meal with my family, but sometimes it’s just so nice when someone does it for me.

I saw this info today and I thought I would share it with all of you who have kids. I find it is a fine line communicating about foods filled with sugars and not calling them bad. Everyone is now talking about how toxic sugar is and how little we all should be eating. I would love to hear how you communicate to your child about such foods and limit their intake.

Happy Mother’s Day!

(from WHFoods.com)   This is the week we are celebrating Mother’s Day, every day should be a celebration of both mothers and fathers! As parents we have a huge responsibility to do the best we can to help our kids eat more healthfully. This past week I read a wonderful article by Casey Seidenberg who got down to the basics of healthy eating for kids. With increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, and eating disorders, and looking back on my own childhood, I found her suggestions both heartfelt and made of good old common sense that can sometimes be forgotten in the foray of childrearing:

  • Food, especially unhealthful food, shouldn’t be used as a reward. The common incentive used by parents “Eat your vegetables, so you can have dessert” clearly communicates to children that vegetables are to be avoided and desserts are to be desired.
  • Food should not be used as a punishment either. Taking away dessert as discipline teaches kids that dessert is the prize.
  • Labeling a food as “bad” can cause children to feel guilty or bad themselves when they eat it. Instead label unhealthful foods “sometimes foods,” as they really are the foods we should eat only sometimes.
  • Unhealthful foods shouldn’t be labeled “treats” either. Wouldn’t it be great if our kids perceived a delicious ripe peach or a slice of summer watermelon as a treat?
  • A child forced to eat may not learn what it feels like to be hungry or full, or how to listen to his body. Sometimes kids are not hungry. That’s okay. Don’t then force them to eat five more bites.
  • Teaching children that a holiday or celebration is about spending time with friends, participating in a fun activity or being active together, instead of simply consuming a lot of food and drink, is an important message. When our kids are teenagers and win a sports championship, or when they are adults and receive a promotion, we hope they will understand that celebrating does not need to be focused on excessive consumption of food and drink.

She concludes that it is best not to deny unhealthy foods, but rather keep them to a minimum. Kids can learn that some foods are better for nourishment and make you feel good. School gardens and kitchens where kids participate in cooking their food have come a long way to help in this regard. When we learn our healthy eating habits at a young age, it is much easier to continue them as adults. Teaching kids healthy eating patterns lay the foundation for a healthier society!

Strawberry Recipe for Mother’s Day
The combination of strawberries and chocolate is an all-time favorite, and this week George shows you how to combine them in a recipe that requires no cooking and is ready in a matter of minutes. Learn how to make his special version of Strawberries and Chocolate Créme with George.

Strawberries
It’s no wonder that strawberries are the most popular berry in the world. Not only do they have a wonderful fragrantly-sweet flavor, they are also rich in antioxidants and an excellent source of vitamin C. In fact, one cup of strawberries provides 136% of your Daily Value for this important nutrient.

What You Should Know About Strawberries
Researchers have recently ranked the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods and found strawberries to be quite exceptional … The Latest News About Strawberries.

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