You may or may not have noticed that none of my recipes include soy. It’s an ongoing debate; How does it affect hormones if at all? The research is mixed, but from my personal experience, I can safely say it is incredibly unique to the individual!
Hormones aside, I am actually allergic to soy. Food allergies have been a big part of my life ever since I was a kid. The weekly allergy shots at the doctor’s office, emergency trips to the hospital, rashes, hives, you name it. I have a wide variety of reactions depending on the allergen, but with soy it’s nausea and vomiting.
However, the times that I have managed to ingest a slight bit of soy and kept it down, I have absolutely noticed that it affects my hormones. The giveaway? Cystic acne. There is a very particular type of acne that is hormonal versus comedonal. You acne sufferers out there know what I’m talking about! They’re deep, and they linger for months on the lower half of your face.
If you have no reaction to soy then great! I’m jealous. From both the studies I’ve read alongside personal discussions, some people simply get along with soy while others don’t.
Like many foods, it comes down to your particular genetic makeup, hormone levels, and allergies. One of my biggest mottos when it comes to eating “healthy” is eating what is right for you and you alone. The only way to know is through your own trial and error.