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Health committee warns of potential dangers of soya

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 28 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:254
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Israeli manufacturers of soya products were rattled by the recommendation issued by the country's health ministry that consumption of soya products be limited in young children and avoided, if possible, in infants. After a year's work, a committee of experts also advised that adults who eat soya products do so in moderation, pending authoritative future studies.

    Although research showing possible harm—a higher risk of cancer, male infertility, or other problems—from soya is based on animal or retrospective human studies, the committee of 13 issued recommendations based on the precautionary principle. Soya contains phytoestrogens …

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