I am fairly certain that the author of this article is way off on her #s for soy consumption among Asian populations.
An Oct. 2002 article published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Assn found that the avg consumption of soy among Americans was 18.7 mg/week of soy isoflavones - less than one 4-oz serving of tofu (30 mg) or 8 oz of soymilk (26 mg) per week. Asians living in Asia, on average, consumed between 104.3 mg/week to 210.7 mg/week of one form of soy isoflavone and between 66.5 to 114.8 mg/week of another kind.
In total, this adds up to btwn 170.8 to 325.5 mg/week of soy isoflavone consumption amongst Asians, or more than 10 times as much soy being consumed in Asia than the U.S. This article can be found in the following publication:
Validation of a soy food frequency questionnaire with plasma concentrations of isoflavones in US adults. (Research).
Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Oct, 2002, by Cara L. Frankenfeld, Ruth E. Patterson, Thomas F. Kalhorn, Heather E. Skor, William N. Howald, Johanna W. Lampe .
And, although I do not think that Mothering magazine is being personally bought out by the dairy or meat industries, I do have significant concerns about the author. Her wording in this article could have been taken almost verbatim from Dr. Mercola or the Weston A. Price foundation - both of whom are in the habit soy bashing by using scientific studies out of context or drawing unwarranted conclusions from studies:http://www.campaignfortruth.com/Eclu...1/soystory.htm
My concern here with Mothering, much like an earlier poster noted, is that Mothering is being inflammatory. I am a long time reader of Mothering, as well & have written for the magazine, in fact. I am begining to feel that there are times when the magazine publishes sensationalist pieces not because they are accurate, but because they want to question the system and disagree with standard advice whether the advice is wrong or not. I say this with much disappointment, because I truly have enjoyed Mothering. I am not sure that I can trust the validity of the articles any more, though.