When the topic of soy comes up many people, especially men, say they try to avoid it due to the phytoestrogens present. While it is true soy, as well as flax, does contain some phytoestrogens, it should be the least of our concerns. The main culprit of too much estrogen in the body comes from our environment in the form of pesticides, plastics, canned foods, animal products, and other endocrine disrupting chemicals in our personal care products and household cleaning products.
A great documentary that explores this topic is called The Disappearing Male and it can be watched online for free. I highly recommend watching this eye-opening documentary, and then start making an effort to minimize your exposure to these endocrine disrupting chemical compounds, whether you are male or female.
But getting back to the soy discussion, here are some tips:
The bottom line: listen to your body and enjoy a wide variety of plant-based foods which may include organic fermented/whole-food soy in moderation.
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Shawna Barker BSc., RHN is a nutritionist, college instructor, and raw food educator.