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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Soy's link to birth defects

This post includes a synopsis of a study published in the British Journal of Urology international 2000 Jan;85(1):107-13 and a recipe for mustard, rosemary crusted pork loin.

Study title and authors:
A maternal vegetarian diet in pregnancy is associated with hypospadias. The ALSPAC Study Team. Avon Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood.
North K, Golding J.
Unit of Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, Division of Child Health, University of Bristol, UK.

This paper can be accessed at:

The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food
Hypospadias is a problem affecting a boy's penis. It is a combination of three separate problems: the hole through which urine passes (meatus) is not at the tip of the penis, the foreskin is gathered at the back of the penis with none at the front and the penis may be bent when stiff.

The objective of the study was to investigate the possible role of the maternal diet, particularly vegetarianism and consumption of phytoestrogens (soy products), in the origin of hypospadias, which is reported to be increasing in prevalence. The study included 7,928 boys.

North found that mothers who were vegetarian in pregnancy had a 4.99-fold increased risk of giving birth to a boy with hypospadias, compared with omnivores.

North concluded: "As vegetarians have a greater exposure to phytoestrogens than do omnivores, these results support the possibility that phytoestrogens (soy) have a deleterious effect on the developing male reproductive system".

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Recipe of the day

Mustard, Rosemary Crusted Pork Loin

Pork Tenderloin
Food Mall: Pork Tenderloin
◦1 pork tenderloin
◦3 T rosemary, minced
◦3 T EACH prepared horseradish, mayo & Dijon mustard
◦1 t black pepper
◦2 sweet potatoes
◦2 tart apples, diced
◦3 T coconut oil, melted
◦1 orange, zested & juiced
◦1 t cinnamon
◦1/2 t nutmeg

In a small bowl, combine the rosemary, mayo, mustard & horsy– mix until combined. Put 1/2 the sauce in a plastic storage bag and add the pork. Marinate in the fridge until ready to cook. Grill or bake the pork until it’s internal temp is a bit below 165F. Don’t overcook or it will for sure be dry as a bone. Let the loin rest for a couple minutes, then slice and top with the reserved mustard sauce.

For the Sweets & Apples:
In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Transfer to a baking sheet (make sure to add all the juices) and roast until the juices have turned syrupy and the potatoes have cooked through, about 20-30 minutes at 400F.