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Where do we stand on soy?

(CNN) -- Tofu or snafu? Soy has become a big component of a plant-based diet, but debates have raged for decades over whether soy really produces certain health benefits.

Some studies have suggested that consuming soybeans and soy-based products such as tofu benefits cardiovascular health, weight loss and the prevention of certain cancers.

On the other hand, some studies have suggested that certain components of soy might be linked to stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells.

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