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Evolved Mommy | April 27, 2015

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That's Soy Controversial! - Evolved Mommy

When I did my post about the P. Allen Smith Bean2Blog event I kept it pretty mild because I tend to go to the crazy place with food, especially soy. It’s that crazy little piece of food that seems to have so many benefits, yet there is possibly something a little sketchy going on.

We can all thank Michael Pollen and Netflix for f’ing me up in the food department. Well, there’s also my lifelong obsession with my weight and sugar and…

The whole event was put on by the Arkansas Soybean Council ( and I absolutely love the farmer we met, BUT I also have major Monsanto (<— this video makes me more crazy than usual) issues. As it turns out. I’m not the only one who tends to go to my crazy place about soy. Because I don’t really have the energy to open that can of worms I’m going to leave you with a few things.

First, I my problems is with Monsanto, not soy.

Second, here’s the link to Kelly’s post from the event, which spurred a LIVELY discussion in the comments.

Third, here is an email response from JoBeth, who is a registered dietician, that helped me snap out of the crazies:

Hey Y’all-
Huffington Post had a great article for the masses dispelling the myths [of soy].

Soy can be part of a balanced diet. The American Dietetic Association encourages soy in moderation.  Peer reviewed articles have found that soy does not increase risk of breast cancer in women,  it does not increase sterility in men.

Hope this helps!


She also recommended checking out

No matter what, I know two things:

  1. I love Arkansas and I love that P. Allen Smith supports our state with such pride
  2. I love it when smart women engage in lively discussion

UPDATE: Shortly after I posted this Alison from Chino house sent this compelling post called “Finally, the Truth about Soy” from Zen Habits.

Image by Kevin Dooley under Creative Commons license



  1. Who knew about all this? :-)
    I just try to just stay ignorant about food and pretend like chick-fil-a and diet coke will help me live to 100. :-)

    • Evolved Mommy

      I like your system much better than mine, and I plan to adopt it ASAP.

  2. I too am conflicted about soybeans. I grew up on a farm where we grew corn and soybeans. I do know this. Monsanto sucks and the way we use soybean byproducts to make processed foods is terrible. But soy in general is a good thing and healthy in many of its forms. It’s a godsend to people who are lactose intolerant. I love that the Soybean Council hosted y’all and that ag education is happening in all kinds of ways.

  3. Wow. I’m seriously flabbergasted at the Monsanto video. Flabbergasted.

    • Evolved Mommy

      Have you seen Food, Inc.? Don’t watch it on Netflix b/c then Netflix will send you down a rabbit hole of “since you liked this, you’ll probably like this FREAK YOU OUT ABOUT FOOD documentary, too” Fair warning.

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