What exactly are the benefits of removing soy from your diet? Some people are forced to remove soy because of an allergy. However, you don’t have to have a soy allergy to learn the benefits of removing it from your diet.
Maybe you’re confused by the conflicting information out there and are wondering what’s the best move for you and your family to make. Should you take the plunge and remove soy? Should you just keep on keeping on?
Benefits of Removing Soy From Your Diet
While I can’t tell you what to do with your body, I do want to make sure you have enough information to make the best decision for you and your loved ones. So this article will be focused on 7 benefits of eliminating soy from your diet. I hope that it helps clarify some things for you and that it helps makes your wellness journey easier. I also will share a few other resources at the bottom you might be interested in.
Your hormone levels may improve
Soy has an impact on hormones – specifically estrogen. Soy contains a phytoestrogen called isoflavones that can trick your body into thinking it’s estrogen. The effect is on the parts of your body that are sensitive to estrogen (particularly the reproductive system) and can be disrupted.
In fact, some women who ingest a high amount of soy have even experienced their menstrual cycle completely coming to a halt. It can also have a negative impact on the developing brain, the mammary gland, and the heart. By eliminating soy, these hormone issues may clear up or improve.
Your risk of developing cancer may lower
Something else to consider is evidence from the National Institute of Health (NIH) that soy could possibly be linked to breast cancer and should, therefore, be avoided by women who have or at an increased risk of hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers. While these findings have not been conclusive, I believe in the wisdom of “better safe than sorry”, especially since soy is not an essential part of the human diet.
You dodge the GMO bullet
When it comes to genetically modified crops, soybeans are pretty much number one, with 94% of soybeans being genetically engineered. In fact, not only are they genetically modified, it’s all done so that they can stand up against super high levels of herbicides. It’s good for the farmers, but not so good for the consumers.
What’s worse, the main herbicide that is used is one called Roundup that features a main ingredient (glyphosate) that is a likely carcinogen, which is actually absorbed by the soybeans. By steering clear of soy, that’s one less harmful thing being added to your body.
Your oral allergy symptoms may go away
If you have had an allergy test or have birch pollen allergies, you may actually experience some of the symptoms (such as an itchy throat) when you consume soy. A study found that only 10% of people with this oral allergy syndrome are affected, but if you fall within that 10%, it could help to cut out soy.
You can absorb minerals better
Are your calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc levels low even though you take your minerals every day? Your soy intake could be the problem! Soybeans contain a high amount of phytic acid, which binds to some minerals and limits their absorption power. Reduce or eliminate soy from your diet to help your body absorb these minerals better.
Your anxiety levels may decrease
Speaking of zinc, did you know there is a correlation between a zinc deficiency and anxious/depressive symptoms? If your soy intake is contributing to your zinc deficiency, it could be one of the things affecting your mood.
It can help your digestive system work more smoothly
Soy also contains a great deal of tryptin and protease inhibitors – two things that can make digesting protein difficult. Ditch the soy and help move things along more readily.
There you go! 7 reasons to support (or inform) your decision to eliminate soy from your and your family’s diet. While I don’t think soy is the worst thing you can put in your body, I do believe that there are many benefits to either reducing how much of it you consume or eliminating it from your diet altogether. I know there is a lot of contradictory and confusing information out there, so I encourage you to do your research and come to an educated conclusion.
Or you could simply try eliminating soy from your diet and see how you feel after doing that. Sometimes the best way to see the truth about something is to take action and observe. Either way, I wish you much luck, health, and happiness on your wellness journey!
For further reading on the topic, here are some resources you might be interested in:
Allergy Testing| In this post, I share with you all about having an allergy test. What is it like and what led us to removing soy from our diet.
Cruelty Free Make-Up| We worry about what goes into our bodies, but what about on the outside? I cover why what make-up you wear truly does matter. I also give suggestions on my favorite brands of cruelty free make-up.
Hidden Allergens| Items you may not realize contain soy. When we first started our journey to a soy-free lifestyle, I was SHOCKED by all the items that contained soy! I felt so naive. This list is a great start to beginning your soy-free journey.
Recipes| What do you cook after going soy-free? Well, here’s where to find all my recipes, including Instant Pot, Air Fryer & more!
Have you given up soy? What did you experience? Let us know in the comments below!