The latest in the news surrounding soy products, and the health risks they pose, are revealed in a new report from Consumer Reports.
The company has put out its report, Soy Loves You, to coincide with International Soy Week.
It finds that soy products contain about three times the amount of omega-3 fatty acids than fish oils.
It also found that soy is also linked to heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and that soy protein and fats may increase the risk of heart disease.
Consumer Reports’ investigation found that more than 70 per cent of soy products sold in the US were high in trans fatty acids.
These are compounds that form when the oils are digested by bacteria and are linked to a number of health problems.
In Australia, which is home to about 40 per cent a higher concentration of omega 3s than the US, there is concern that the levels of these trans fats have increased.
The study found that Australian consumers were consuming about 20 grams of trans fatty acid per person per day, compared to a consumption of only 12 grams per person in the UK.
This could mean more than 1.3 million Australians are consuming a lot more trans fatty in their diet.
While there is no doubt that trans fatty can be beneficial, it is important to remember that a diet that contains more omega 3 and a diet low in trans fats is not the same diet as one that does not.
What is known about soy and its health effectsConsumer Reports found that, over the past decade, more than 40 per year there has been a rise in cases of colorectal cancer, particularly of the prostate.
The US has seen a significant rise in the incidence of colitis, a chronic inflammatory disease that is often linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
More than half of the cases in the country were linked to trans fats.
The report also found the consumption of soy protein is linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
The highest levels of omega 6 and omega 3 in soy were found in Chinese soy products.
However, the report found that the highest levels in Australia were found to be in the Asian soy products and the US soy products that contain less soy.
In terms of the health effects of soy, the Australian and the Canadian studies were both inconclusive.
However Consumer Reports concluded that consuming a diet with less than a third of the soy in the average diet is linked with lower levels of cancer and heart disease risk.