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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Are there any issues with drinking soy milk?

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    Everyone has a different opinion on soy milk, it seems there is so much conflicting information.

    I drink soy milk coffees no more than 2 a day, is there any issue with this – I know there are hormones in soy milk, is there any brand that is better than another?
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  • Peta Adams

    Dietitian

    I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian locally born and working within the Riverina.I have a passion for helping people to achieve their nutrition goals, coaching … View Profile

    The Position Statement released by the Cancer Council states that Soy and other phyto-estrogen have limited evidence to limit their consumption.

    If you have a pre existign hormonal cancer, such as breast cancer it is best to limit the intake of soy and soy products due to the oestrogenic effect on the cancer cells. 

    Other wise the eivdence is lacking to limit the intake of soy. 

  • Specializing in weight reduction, diabetes and cholesterol management, high blood pressure, GIT disorders - including IBS, coeliac disease, food intolerance and food chemical sensitivity, childhood … View Profile

    So with soy milk, it is fine to have one to two glasses of soy milk a day. It does contain the phytoestrogens but at this stage, the scientific evidence about phytoestrogens far outweighs the negative effects. The negative aspects are not really scientifically proven. They have some health benefits for menopausal women, and they also help protect against heart disease and certain cancers, and you would only need one to two glasses a day. In terms of brands, there's no particular brand, as long as it's calcium fortified soy milk.

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