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How can isolated proteins affect my health?

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
When it comes to soy protein, which shows up in so many places such as powders, bars, and shakes, be aware that soy protein isolate can be problematic for some people. This form of soy is produced by removing nutrients from the whole soy bean, which may play a role in modifying the hormonal effects of soy -- raising concerns for people with thyroid imbalances, certain cancers, and metabolic syndromes like polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Conversely, isolating whey and egg white proteins, while maintaining their digestive enzymes for consumption, often eliminates the casein (the other dairy protein) and may make the whey protein better tolerated, reducing mucus formation and digestive disturbances for many.
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