Jeremy Piven Blames Soy Milk for His Man BoobsPosted on Nov 3rd 2009 12:00PM by Kristen Seymour
Filed Under: Celebs & Entertainment
Editor's Note: Hamilton-Reeves incorrectly told That's Fit that Jeremy Piven consumed 12 cups of soy milk a day. Pop Crunch reports that the actor was kidding around during an interview. (November 5, 2009, 11 a.m.)
If a guy starts looking a little chesty, he might blame it on eating a few extra cheeseburgers or skipping sessions at the gym. But not Jeremy Piven. The man who claimed sushi gave him mercury poisoning, is now saying that soy milk gave him man boobs.
Specifically, Piven blames the fact that he used the dairy substitute on his cereal for his "moobs." He told BANG Media International (via Celebedge), "I was the guy that dabbled in soy milk, but now I've found out soy milk has enough estrogen for me to grow breasts; I had to put the soy milk down. It was a very confusing time."
A very quick search on the Internet will reveal tons of conflicting information regarding soy. Soy is great! Soy is the worst! So what are you supposed to believe?
We went to an expert for the answer. Jill Hamilton-Reeves, assistant professor of family, consumer and nutritional sciences at St. Catherine University in Minn., released a study this summer about the effects of soy on the reproductive hormones in men, and she took a moment to talk to That's Fit about Piven's claim.
"Usually, studies only go as high as 150 mg of isoflavones a day," Hamilton-Reeves says. "And a reasonable intake would normally be about 100 mg a day, which is four full servings of soy." Although Piven did not disclose how much he was drinking, she still said that his claim was not supported by the wide range of evidence that is out there.
Not only did her study find that soy products didn't affect reproductive hormones in men, but numerous other studies have as well. "Soy has been studied extensively for 20 years," she says, "and we haven't found man boobs yet."
Everything in moderation, even if it has some health benefits.
Want to get a little more soy into your diet? Here are 10 ways to enjoy soy!