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The Okinawans…..Longest Living Cultures in the World…..eating SOY!

I want to share some of my 60 plus years (six decades) of studying healthy people, teaching people about juicing and the benefits of a diet rich in living foods….so that you can take this information and use it to better your families and help others who are ill and in pain.

There is a lot of hype and a lot of real information about there about soy which is confusing….but the truth IS….soybeans and soy based products here in America are dangerous in a lot of ways.  GMO treated soybeans, tofu, soymilks….these are not foods I recommend, but if you can buy non treated GMO soy and tofu and organic, the way the Okinawans have done for ‘centuries’, then this is where we want to focus our attention.

The Okinawa people are the longest living culture in the world … it’s utterly amazing, and I would hope you will try to put your prejudices aside for a bit and read this article by John Robbins about the benefits of consuming soy by looking at the way the Okinawans have been eating, as their diet is high in soy.

Linda and I have been consuming organic tofu and making our own soymilks for decades, but now that we have our new POWER GRIND PRO juicer, we can actually juice our beans. More on that later… (you can go to our website and get information that can help you)

The research on the Okinawans is fantastic, so please do read this article we wanted to share with you on the benefits of soy.

Here’s the article written by the acclaimed author and humanitarian, JOHN ROBBINS….. and I hope you share it with your friends!

The authors of the Okinawan Centenarian Study analyzed the diet and health profiles of Okinawan elders and compared them to other elder populations throughout the world. They conclude that high soy consumption is one of the main reasons that Okinawans are at extremely low risk for hormone–dependent cancers, including cancers of the breast, prostate, ovaries, and colon. Compared to North Americans, they have a staggering 80 percent less breast cancer and prostate cancer, and less than half the ovarian cancer and colon cancer.

This enormously reduced cancer risk arises in part, the study’s authors say, from the Okinawans large consumption of isoflavones from soy. This is an important finding. The lowest cancer rates in the industrialized world are found in the Okinawans who consume the most soy.

Other studies have confirmed the link between soy consumption and reduced cancer risk. The Japan Public Health Center Study found the lowest breast cancer rates in those prefectures where women ate the most soy products. And a recent study published in the British medical journal Lancet showed that women who ate the most flavonoids (mostly isoflavones from soy products) had a substantially lower risk for breast cancer than those who had lower flavonoid intake.

The reason the ardently pro-pharmaceutical FDA wound up affirming that soybeans are a food that can prevent and even help cure disease was not, as Kaayla Daniel says, because the agency is in bed with the soy industry, but because the evidence was so convincing. The reason the FDA now allows food manufacturers to talk about the benefits of heart-healthy soy in their products is because the substantiating data are overwhelming.

Indeed, the authors of the 25-year Okinawa Centenarian Study state that high soy consumption in Okinawa is one of the primary reasons elder Okinawans have 80 percent fewer heart attacks than North Americans do. Their high soy consumption is also why, if Okinawans do suffer a heart attack, they are more than twice as likely to survive.

These are staggering numbers. The study’s authors state that if North Americans lived more like the elder Okinawans, and ate the amount of soy they do, we “would have to close 80 percent of the coronary care units and one-third of the cancer wards in the United States, and a lot of nursing homes would also be out of business. By 1990, Okinawan life expectancy figures had even surpassed the absolute limits of population life expectancy assumed by the Japan Population Research Institute. Limits had to be revised upwards simply to account for the phenomenal longevity of the Okinawans.”

It is not an accident that in Okinawa, home to the highest soy consumption in the world, heart disease is minimal, breast cancer is so rare that screening mammography is not needed, and most aging men have never heard of prostate cancer. The three leading killers in the West — coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer — occur in Okinawans with the lowest frequency in the world.

There’s also the fact that elder Okinawans have much stronger bones than we do, and less than half the hip fractures that we do. The authors of the Okinawa Centenarian Study attribute the increased bone strength and health in Okinawa to soy consumption. Many other studies confirm the connection between increased soy consumption and reduced osteoporosis.

I am very sorry that Mothering printed the article by Kaayla Daniels because it is so full of bias and fallacies. Its authoritative tone may sway some people to unnecessarily avoid soy, and that would be a shame. For most people, consumption of the levels of whole soy foods recommended by authors like Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Christiane Northrup, which correspond to the levels eaten by the Okinawans, are not only safe, but tremendously helpful to disease prevention and the creation of vibrant and resilient wellness. Of course if you are allergic to any food, then you shouldn’t eat it. But dairy products, for which soy products are often substituted, are more likely to produce allergic reactions than soy. And by the way…

  • Cow’s milk provides more than nine times as much saturated fat as soy beverages, so is far more likely to contribute to heart disease.
  • Soy beverages provide more than 10 times as much essential fatty acids as cow’s milk, and so provide a healthier quality of fat.
  • Soy beverages are cholesterol-free, while cow’s milk contains 34 mg of cholesterol per cup, which again means that cow’s milk is far worse for your heart and cardiovascular system.
  • Soy beverages lower both total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, while cow’s milk raises both total and LDL cholesterol levels, providing yet more reasons soymilk is better for your health.
  • Soy beverages contain numerous protective phytochemicals that may protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and osteoporosis. Cow’s milk contains no phytochemicals.
  • Men who consume one to two servings of soymilk per day are 70 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who don’t.

Readers who want further information about health and longevity in Okinawa can see the excellent book The Okinawa Program.

And readers who want to see a balanced response to many of the specific allegations made against soy can visit:http://www.foodrevolution.org/what_about_soy.htm

John Robbins

Author, Diet For A New AmericaMay All Be Fed, andThe Food Revolution