Our expert says:
Dear Soya Regularly
I agree that there is controversy regarding the use of soya products in western populations. The American Dietetic Association published a warning that women with oestrogen-sensitive breast cancer or a familial tendency to this type of cancer, should avoid using extracts of soya for the treatment of menopausal symptoms and not to eat excessive amounts of soya products. There is also some evidence that soya used in baby formulas may cause feminisation of male children because soya contains so-called phyto-oestrogens. However soy products have been used safely in the East for hundreds of years and if soya products are used in moderation as part of a balanced diet then there should be no risk involved, unless you are susceptible to oestrogen-sensitive breast cancer. As regards weight gain, it should be kept in mind that any food or kJ-containing beverage has the potential to cause weight gain if used in excess. Once again your ingestion appears to be moderate and this should, therefore, not be a problem. Moderation is the key! If you click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then do a Search using the title of the article I wrote on this subject "SOYA - HEALTHY OR HARMFUL?' you can read more about the pros and cons of soya.
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