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The 10 Dumbest Diet Myths

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Soy protein is practically useless in stimulating muscle protein synthesis.
  • Dextoxifying your liver or “cleansing” your colon with coffee enemas is beyond stupid.
  • Stop worrying about the growth hormone in milk.
  • You can’t starve cancer by eliminating sugar from your diet.
  • You don’t have to get all your micronutrients in one day. Instead, you can look at your nutrition in blocks of two or three days, or even a week.
  • The “hormone free” label on chicken is unnecessary and misleading.
  • People who drink skim milk put on more fat than those who drink whole milk.
  • Stop being neurotic about fructose.
  • Eating turkey doesn’t make you sleepy.

1. Hey, Soy May Shrink My Balls, But At Least It’s Good Protein!

About 15 years ago, when the news broke to the physique world that a few studies had shown that soy results in testicle shrinkage and lowered testosterone levels. Still, some people steadfastly clung to the notion that soy protein is at least a good muscle builder.

They had somewhat of a leg to stand on, albeit a short stubby one that was covered with scabs. Their reasoning was that soy protein was different from soy in that the isoflavones implicated in lowering testosterone and the shrinking of testicles were removed in processing and none of them were present in the protein itself.

That may or may not be true, as some reports indicate that the isoflavones are indeed present in some brands of soy protein. Regardless of which position you support, recent research gives us an altogether different reason to avoid soy.

A study at McMaster University found that when it comes to muscle protein synthesis (MPS), soy is no better than water. The researchers gave 30 men 0 grams of protein, 20 grams of soy, or 40 grams of soy at rest and after resistance exercise. They then compared the results to a group of men who had used 20 or 40 grams of whey protein instead.

While 40 grams of soy increased MPS modestly, 20 grams of soy worked as well as 0 grams of soy. Both 20 and 40 grams of whey, however, increased MPS significantly. The researchers theorized that whey worked well (and soy didn’t) because whey has a much higher percentage of leucine, the “master amino” acid for muscle building, than soy.

Likewise, a higher percentage of the amino acids in soy, including leucine, are diverted towards oxidation, which makes them unavailable for protein synthesis.

Clearly, if you want to grow muscle, it’s best to avoid soy protein until the unlikely event that some miracle study convinces us that all soy’s problems have been remedied.

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