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Is Soya Milk really bad for you?

  1. Meg Moon profile image84
    Meg Moonposted 5 years ago

    I am dairy free but don't use soya milk because I have read that it is bad for you. My dad reckons it is not bad for you and all the negative stuff about it on the internet has been put out by the meat industry. Anyone know I'm feeling veyr confused?

    1. Trish_M profile image82
      Trish_Mposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have read that soy products may be harmful to anyone with thyroid problems.

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image84
        Uninvited Writerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, I just learned that. Before I thought I was allergic to soy milk, guess it was a drug interaction.

  2. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    All foods have good and bad aspects.  That said, normal nutritional amounts of soy have no toxic effects that I know of.

  3. MelChi profile image81
    MelChiposted 5 years ago

    That's not good..I've been drinking Soya milk for weeks now, and have recently discovered a thyroid problem. I'm going to speak to my Doctor and do some more research on this topic..

  4. WriteAngled profile image86
    WriteAngledposted 5 years ago

    This review of 14 scientific studies concluded that soy has little or no effect on thyroid function in healthy people. It may increase the need for thyroid hormones when these are taken as medication, but the authors state that "hypothyroid adults need not avoid soy foods". They do however state that people who eat soy products should make sure their intake of iodine is satisfactory. That is actually achieved by the frequent pairing of tofu and seaweed in Asian dishes.

    http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10 … 006.16.249

    1. MelChi profile image81
      MelChiposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks WriteAngled - that's a very interesting article, good points raised. I would hate to give up Soy milk completely - I actually prefer it to regular milk most of the time, and it's a good substitute for people who are lactose intolerant.

    2. Meg Moon profile image84
      Meg Moonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the info

  5. ocbill profile image59
    ocbillposted 5 years ago

    I heard from a study that is causes more estrogen build-up in men or man breasts.

    So, I stopped using it (for other reasons prior to the study) and started a chest firming program and they are basically gone. I use 1% milk now.

  6. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    The only estrogen-like effect I know of is when using only soy to feed baby birds.  I doubt it has any effect like that on people.

  7. WriteAngled profile image86
    WriteAngledposted 5 years ago

    Soy isoflavones do have oestrogen-like activities. This has raised the question of whether excessive consumption of soy products could affect male fertility through a potential action on male sex hormones and on sperm production and function.

    As far as I am aware, this is still a matter of debate. Some scientists have suggested that increased consumption of soy could be one of the factors responsible for an overall tendency to lower sperm counts and poorer sperm quality that appears to be developing with time.

    However, there is apparently insufficient data available at the moment to come to any firm conclusions on this matter.

  8. Sparkle Chi profile image75
    Sparkle Chiposted 5 years ago

    Soy has been highlighted for all the health benefits it has, with oriental health always being pointed to since soy is common place in their diet.

    What isn't as well heard about is HOW they use soy. They most often use it in the same amounts as we use condiments, like ketchup. With that in mind, problems of too much soy in our diets can quickly outweigh the benefits.

    In addition to this, it seems that soy is among the most common allergens, joining the ranks of wheat, dairy, and corn. These are the big four that it is best to avoid, or only consume in small amounts.

  9. aDayInMyLife1 profile image88
    aDayInMyLife1posted 5 years ago

    Very interesting information, much of which I have heard nothing about. I love soy but guess I will have to do some more research now. Thank you for bringing this topic into the light.

  10. Thelma Alberts profile image86
    Thelma Albertsposted 5 years ago

    I don´t think soya milk is bad. It is healthy. I´ve been drinking soya milk for almost 2 decades now and I don´t suffer any hot flushes or other illnesses that a woman can have in her pre-or menopausal years. As what I´ve read ages ago, soya milk contains phyto oestrogen isoflavones, the kind of hormones women needed when they are in menopause.

    Once I was in another country, I was not able to drink soya milk for 3 weeks. I felt there was something wrong with me. I was nervous and so forgetful about everything and repeated my sentences when I talked to somebody. My short time memory was so short that I can´t remember what I said. Then I went home, have my regular soya drink. After a few days I felt better. After a few months I realized it was the lack of soya milk that made me felt nervous and forgetful. Now whenever I go in another country, I´ll bring isoflavones capsules with me in case I can´t buy soya drink in my holidays.

  11. Thelma Alberts profile image86
    Thelma Albertsposted 5 years ago

    Hi, Meg! I have just published a hub about soja milk and its benefits. Thank you. Your question has inspired me to write about soya milk. Have a great day!

    1. Meg Moon profile image84
      Meg Moonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Excellent -I'll check it out now

  12. Gregoryy profile image58
    Gregoryyposted 5 years ago

    Its debatable. Soy Milk is good for females as the pytoestrogens in it are similar to human estrogen, which may benefit females during menopause. Soy milk is also fortified with many vitamins, and miners. More than regular diary milk at times. I do know some people that look soy milk, and they tend to look much younger than their age. Some scientists say that soy milk can cause cancer by releasing too much estrogen which makes certain cells multiply rapidly increasing the risk for cancer. More research needs to be done on that though. 

    Soy Milk is not necessarily good for body builders or males as it can increase estrogen levels, and alter sperm. Too much soy may lower thyroid function, same thing with too much (goiter food) consumption such as Broccoli, and even Peanuts.

    Soy Milk may be very good for females. Drink it in moderation though.

  13. Maustus profile image61
    Maustusposted 5 years ago

    I'm pretty sure that soy is one of the most highly genetically modified crops in the world, so that's something else to be aware of. I try to have an extremely healthy diet, and for that reason I avoid GMO's as much as possible.