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TheDailyMeal: 8 ‘Healthy Drinks’ That Are Actually Terrible for You

Soy Milk

What makes soy milk a good alternative to dairy milk? Besides being allergy-friendly for the lactose intolerant, it packs in the protein, is cholesterol-free, and has heart-healthy omega-3s. But that doesn’t mean soy is all good news. Of course, soy got the most attention when it was linked to breast and prostate cancer, thanks to its phytoestrogen. Because prostate and breast cancer are hormonally driven cancers, doctors have warned against drinking soy milk for fear it would make breast cancer cells spread.

And the bad news doesn’t stop there for the dudes: soy has also been linked to infertility. Isoflavones, of which soy milk has plenty, have been linked to decreased fertility in some animal studies. Men’s Health also notes that soy is not just to blame for decreased sperm count; it may also interfere with testosterone levels and cause some er, some sexual dysfunction. Yikes.

And it goes without saying that those flavored soy milks? Yeah, those added calories and sugars aren’t doing much for you.

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