Episode 59. Real Talk on Soy Phytoestrogens

Ep #59 – Real Talk on Phytoestrogens

To date, soy has remained a hot button topic, but why? In this episode, we break down walls and dissect the misinformation on what phytoestrogens found in soy are, and explain how they actually behave in the body.






Studies referenced in this episode:

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