WashPo Assures Men Estrogen-Filled Impossible Whopper Probably Won't Give Them BreastsChris Menahan
Dec. 26, 2019
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Don't worry about those reports revealing the huge amount of phytoestrogens in the new Impossible Whopper from Burger King, there's "no evidence" the 4-month-old burger "will give you breasts" insists the Washington Post.
From The Washington Post (Archive.is):
Dear men: There’s no evidence that eating Impossible Whoppers will give you breastsThat's a lot of estrogen.
The Post doesn't even dispute that is the amount in these Frankenburgers, they just try and deflect onto other issues.
Note too, they seem to want readers to focus on Dr. Stangle not properly capitalizing Burger King's corporate product -- and the nerve of this guy not to include ™ and ®!
It's worth noting that Tri-State Livestock News is, according to its About Us page, a trade publication for the livestock industry, and the "growth and success of Tri-State Livestock News is due to the long-term support from the publication's stockmen and agribusiness customer base." As The Post's Laura Reiley noted in a story this year, "Many of the country's 800,000 cattle ranchers have declared war on newcomers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat," two of the leading companies responsible for plant-based meats. Impossible Foods supplies the patties for the Impossible Whopper.Note the pivot. As I said, they don't dispute the (very disturbing) numbers.
It's also worth noting that conservative news outlets, such as National File and MichaelSavage.com, have picked up on the story. "In short, the Impossible Burger is a genetically modified organism filled with calorie-dense oils that can make a man grow breasts if eaten in sufficient quantity," wrote Tom Pappert, editor in chief of the National File.Here's a study on cows showing "soybean-derived phytoestrogens can have adverse effects on reproductive performance in female adults."
"Whether this is good, bad or indifferent depends entirely on who you read and what you read," [New York University nutrition professor Marion Nestle] said. "There is an enormous, enormous, enormous amount of literature on soy estrogens, and it comes to sort of baffling conclusions. Some studies show harm, some studies show benefits. What do you do in a situation like that?"You follow the evidence, your ancestors and use common sense rather than trust globohomo propaganda.
What you do, Nestle said, is look to cultures that have historically consumed soy products.It's funny, they later say different ethnic groups may process soy differently.
Nutrition Action, a resource website produced by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, noted that the soy scare may have originated with a "2008 report in a medical journal about a 60-year-old Texas man who complained of sore, enlarged breasts and a decreased libido." Blood tests showed his estrogen levels were up to eight times higher than those at the top end of the normal range, the site reported.The tenderness may have gone but the real issue is whether the breast tissue remained.
They left that out.
The same referenced article highlighted another study from 2008 which found "the men who ate the most soy had lower sperm concentration," though they note their sperm levels were "still in the normal range."
The soy products that cause the most concern are soy-based infant formulas, which have become popular with parents for a variety of reasons. On its page about soy infant formula, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences notes that "although there have been no specific health problems documented in human infants receiving soy formula, it is recognized that infants go through developmental stages that are sensitive to estrogens. Therefore, infants are more likely than adults to be vulnerable to the estrogen-like effects of the phytoestrogens in soy."Feeding children soy should be illegal. These days there are tons of breast milk exchanges.
Animal studies, the page points out, "indicate that health effects of possible concern include early onset of puberty in females and alterations in development of breast tissue." But the Harvard School of Public Health warns against giving too much credence to such studies: "Soy may be metabolized differently in animals, so the outcomes of animal studies may not be applicable to humans." The school also notes that soy "may be broken down and used by the body differently in different ethnic groups, which is why individuals from some countries who eat a lot of soy appear to benefit from the food."You probably won't grow breasts from eating the Impossible Whopper but maybe you will, really who cares?
What is science anyways?
Incidentally, states like Florida started serving prisoners soy instead of beef and pork around a decade ago. Supposedly, this was done to cut costs but many suspect it was done to keep the prisoners docile.
It's worth noting that while the Washington Post is encouraging the pleb masses to chow down on estrogen burgers, the owner of the Post -- the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos -- is clearly taking large amounts of testosterone.
Interesting how that works!
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