This is mostly just to say that elliot is very sweet in this overall action, and that all day he kept reminding me of Almanzo from Farmer Boy.
However, since Amy asked, here is an article about the children/soy issue. From what I can tell at a preliminary review of the topic, here are the things worth noticing.
- We have the idea that soy is "healthy" and "natural." While it may well be perfectly healthy, in most of the forms that American consumers encounter soy, it is incredibly processed, and no more "natural" than your average chemical additive.
- Also, there are major agribusiness interests involved in marketing soy to us, in convincing us that soy is (as above) healthy and natural, and in getting producers to use soy all over the place.
- There are some concerns about the health of soy. It seems that it has some "anti-nutrients" which in large quantites can hurt the body's ability to process calcium and protein, and some feel there haven't been adequate studies done to determine what should be considered harmful.
- There is also some evidence that soy, again in some undetermined quality, has detrimental hormonal effects, leading to weird thyroid functioning and, more disturbingly, weird reproductive/fertility function, even later in life.
If people have thoughts on it beyond that, I'd be interested to know. It seems to be in one of those grey areas where you have to think about where your burden of proof is: is it more important to you that a food be "proven" healthy, or that it be "proven" unhealthy?
We eat soy, but not much, since mostly we eat tasty tasty meat. But it occurs to me that I have clearly been absorbing the "soy=good" logic. The few times we had to buy formula I remember thinking that maybe I should get the "healthy fancy good" soy kind--I had some sense that choosing soy was choosing better. Which maybe it is, but it's also just choosing a successful marketing pitch.
Here, Elliot as skeptic; a familiar family role: