Confused? So are we! In 2010, we reported on a study that found soy can relieve insomnia in postmenopausal women. In 2011 we reported on a study that found soy is no better than a placebo when it comes to treating menopause symptoms (including insomnia).
Now, in 2012 we're reporting on a story out of Illinois where prisoners are looking to sue the state after claiming that the large amounts of soy they're forced to eat is causing a number of health complaints including heart palpitations, depression, panic attacks and insomnia.
Apparently, to reduce costs the Illinois Department of Corrections has been increasingly reliant on soy protein as a meat substitute. The foundation representing the inmates argues that in most meals, small quantities of meat are being replaced with 60-70% soy protein and that soy cheese has now replaced real cheese. They're arguing that the subsequent health complaints make the soy-based diet a cruel and unusual punishment.
We wonder what the vegetarian community has to say about that!
Last updated: February 9, 2012