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Can you have TOFU if you are pregnant?

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So I have been eating tofu. A LOT. And my vegan friend told me only twice a week or less that it has too much estrogen in it? I just really love tofu and trying to eat more quinoa to replace tofu. Trying to go more raw vegan. I feel so different when I eat tofu and when I don’t eat it the whole day after that. My pcos and hormones are wack still. But thanks to Vitex is really helping me. What do you all think? Is there something in tofu that makes me feel weird throughout the day? Too much Soy. I can’t explain how I feel. Like bloated and more hungry after that. Do you all know what I mean? Did anyone ever feel the same way?

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Ann (anonymous)

This is an article written by a vegan RD who explains the science behind this myth. I personally wouldn’t be listening to this “vegan coach” for dietary information if they are not qualified. theveganrd.com/2011/08/soy-isoflavones-and-estrogen/

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Stephanie (anonymous)

Besides tofu, what else is on your plate?

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Katie Roberts (anonymous)

Like quinoa, veggies, nuts, legumes, lentils. Etc.

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Lisa (anonymous)

Soy does not contain estrogen, it contains phytoestrogens which are not the same and do no harm. Besides, studies show that people who consume more tofu have less disease and cancer.

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Adie Ross (anonymous)

Actually, soy has an amazing ability to balance hormones and help PROTECT us from hormone dependant cancers.

As you drip more and more soy compounds on breast cancer cells in a petri dish, less and less actual estrogen is able to bind to them. The much weaker, gentle-acting phytoestrogens in soy slot into the cell receptor sites and block real estrogen from being taken up by the cell. This is called competitive inhibition and is one of the theories behind why so many studies have shown a connection between soy and a reduced incidence of cancer.

Nutrition research is complex, and some of the mixed messages we’ve heard from soy researchers have arisen due to the difference between animal test subjects and humans, tests taking place in petri dishes and test tubes instead of real human bodies, and conclusions drawn from research based on isolated ingredients taken from soy verses soy as a whole food, just to name but a few of the variables! While more research needs to be done, up to date position statements from cancer councils around the world agree that a moderate consumption (1-3 servings) of daily soy is perfectly safe.

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Jenny Hasan (anonymous)

It doesn’t have estrogen… they are phytoesteogens. Soy protects against cancer and can balance hormones, and in particular estrogen.
I would find a new wellness coach… this information is freely available anywhere, so it surprises me when professionals give out inaccurate health information.

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Mary (anonymous)

I was told the amount of Soy it would take to cause issue is so much no one person would consume that amount. I get comments all the time about my baby drinking soy milk.

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Charlotte McKinnon (anonymous)

Tofu is eaten in China and Japan every day, I really don’t think it is likely to be causing you problems.

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Dana (anonymous)

I’ve read that the culprit to the problems lies primarily with GMO and non- organic soy. So just stick to the real stuff.
But, if I read your post correctly, if you’re having stomach issues after eating soy you probably have an allergy to it and should avoid it.

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Tammy I. (anonymous)

It has phytoestrogen… a fake plant estroen. Anyone who discourages you from eating soy while promoting milk and animal products which have real estrogen is illogical.

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Laura Baker (anonymous)

How long have you been vegan? I also have PCOS and it took a full year for my body to correct itself and rid itself of all PCOS symptoms.

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saskia (anonymous)

I love soy milk, I love tofu, but my body apparently doesn’t. Neither does my son’s. If it’s fermented we’re okay, but otherwise not. I keep on being told it’s not true, soy is good for you, but we just don’t feel good when we consume it . So I’ve decided to listen to my body. In the end I think that is what we’re all learning to do.

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Sylvia (anonymous)

When they don’t know the difference between estrogen and phytoestrogen..

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Esther P. (anonymous)

Always buy organic no more estrogen like ingredients than in our white fillings however many soy products can be gmo! Gmo causes inflammation and sensitivities. Dr. Christine Horner (?) bashes any soy and breast cancer concerns!

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Judy Sacher (anonymous)

Plenty of info above about soy not containing oestrogen 🙂 But personally, my hunger is easily sated when eating soy, likely because of its protein content. I don’t eat a heck of a lot of it, but I feel fine when I do.