I second what a few people have said on here - I have a thyroid problem and when I tried to go veggie and ate an increased amount of soy products, I got really out of whack. When I cut it, my levels evened out again. Some people are soy sensitive too, I think it is all about figuring out what works for you - good luck!
I've been a soy loving vegetarian for 16 years and I have not experienced any health problems to speak of. My husband has it about 1/2 as much as I do and he is very healthy as well. We both eat a ton of whole foods and I feel like adding soy in the form of fermented soybean, or tempeh, tofu...etc...certain veggie burgers and me@t analogs...helps round out my diet.
Since becoming more interested in nutrition over the last year or two, the biggest thing Iíve learned is that practically every issue regarding the optimal diet is divided. Whether it be veganism or primal eating, grains vs. no grains, soy vs. dairy, non-GMO vs. GMO, there are many arguments (and sometimes pretty heated ones) over what is best for your body. So in an effort to maintain my sanity, I try to do as much research as possible and go with what feels right for my body and lifestyle. Regarding the soy issue, here are just two brief articles/blogs discussing soy. I am sure SparkPeople has a few articles on the issue as well.
Personally, I have a history of breast cancer in my family, so I try to limit my soy intake (as Iíve read it mimics estrogen in the body). I also have read, and someone mentioned in a prior post, that it interferes with thyroid function. So just as a precaution, I donít eat soy daily (but I havenít eliminated it from my diet). I think as long as youíre making healthy strides and eating a wide variety of healthful foods, then youíre on the right track!
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As a total soy fan (especially soy milk!) this is good information to know!
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Mixed bag - fermented soy, which is how it is traditionally consumed in Asian cultures, is quite healthful. Other forms are questionable due to naturally occuring anti-nutrients in soy.
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It's a good source of protein for a lot of people, but I don't eat any soy except naturally fermented soy sauce because of my thyroid disorder as it inhibits my thyroid function and makes me symptomatic.
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For the little bit of soy milk I do drink I think I am ok... I am lactose intolorant so soy is my opption as I dont like almond milk or rice milk.
A lot of soy is GMO. I live in a country where GMO food is illegal and I don't have easy access to soy because even non-GMO soy is considered likely to have cross-pollinated with GMO soy so it is very closely controlled and expensive. I don't think my health has suffered from not having soy in my diet. If I knew that it was 100% non-GMO, I don't think I'd mind trying it but since I can't know that, I'd rather stay away from the stuff that is considered potentially dangerous by the gov't here. If I understand correctly, GMO food poses no risk to American citizens so I guess it would be safe for most people on SP.
I eat foods as close to nature as possible fresh vegetables, pastured meats, healthy fats and some fruit. From my reading and research I have decided not to eat soy food products as I believe the health claims of soy have been greatly exaggerated and the negative impacts on health have been understated.
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I use soy regularly - I'm Dairy Intolerant. For me it has been extremely beneficial. It was also very helpful to my son when he was a baby, until he was getting into his teens. He had a dairy food allergy, and it would cause him to get very sick, including stopping breathing in his sleep. For us, it was/is a god-send.
Some people have allergies to it, just like with other things. My younger grandson was allergic to it, too, altho' it isn't so severe now - it appears he is growing out of that one, but not the other severe allergies he has.
A lot of people have a tendency to take research for "possible" problems, and Interpret it as proven - I guess a lot of it is in some peoples' minds, but for some, it genuinely IS friend or foe!
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