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Is Soy a Safe Dairy Alternative?

Author : Hazel Econs
Related Conditions : Food Intolerance / non-allergic food hypersenstivity

Many people suffering with an allergy or intolerance to dairies find soy a useful alternative.  Vegetarians will also make good use of soy as a substitute for cheese and meat known as Tofu.

I have recently read a report suggesting that soy could be dangerous!  

Although the Asian culture commonly uses soy in their diet, it is fermented soy products such as tarmari, soy sauce, miso which are used in small quantities and are know to have health benefits, as opposed to the unfermented soy found in Tofu and soy milk.

More than 90% of the soy grown in the US has been genetically altered.  GMO’s increase the risk of developing allergies.  Also in the manufacturing process of soy harmful chemicals such as aluminium are used.

Soy is higher in Phytoestrogens, plant-based oestrogen’s, than any other source.  Too much oestrogen in the body can lead to breast cancer, infertility, decreased libido and uterine fibroids.  Early on-set puberty has increased in the last two decades, possibly due to the increase in milk allergies and intolerance and therefore increased use of soy formula milk.

Soy has been shown to suppress normal thyroid functioning.  A damaged thyroid can cause weight gain, fatigue and other health problems.

Unfermented soy is high in Phytic Acid.  This blocks the digestive system’s ability to absorb nutrients.  Hence some studies have linked soy to malnutrition.

I appreciate this causes a problem for those who cannot use dairies.  Possibly there are safer alternatives such as almond milk, rice milk, hazelnut milk.

On a positive note, because soy is a source of phytoestrogens, as mentioned above, it is a safer version of HRT and is recommended by Dr. Econs to patients.

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