Initially, those who were lactose intolerant were asked to try soy milk and other soy products. Today, anyone who is a little health conscious wants to have soy milk instead of the regular one. But did you know that having too much soy can actually cause a negative impact on your overall health?
Here’s What Too Much Soy Can Do To Your Health
1. Hormonal Problems
There is a reason why not everyone is prescribed soy milk or soy products. When you take soy over a long period of time, on a regular basis, it can create a significant imbalance in your hormone levels.
For women, high levels of soy can cause problems with menstrual cycle and lead to irregular, heavy or painful periods. In men, it can lower the quality of the semen. Hormonal imbalance can also lead to excessive weight gain or sudden drop in weight, thyroid problems, erectile dysfunction, anxiety and stress, excessive tiredness, problems in metabolism, mood swings and more.
What To Do Speak to your gynaecologist and get a hormone panel test done to check your levels of oestrogen, progesterone and other hormones.
2. Breast Cancer
Eating or drinking soy products on a regular basis can also increase your risk of breast cancer. Soy is a phytoestrogenic herb, and higher levels of oestrogen in your body can put you at risk of breast cancer. If you have a family history of breast cancer, where your mother, sister, daughter, niece or someone you know has had the same, speak to your doctor immediately. Did you know that even men can get breast cancer?
What To Do: Make sure you regularly do a breast examination at home. Read our article on breast cancer awareness and follow the self-examination steps.
3. High Calorie Count
One cup soy milk contains anything between 80 and 150 calories, while the flavoured ones have an even higher calorie count. In case you do consume soy milk, try and cut down on other food items that are high on calorie.
What To Do High levels of calorie can put you at risk of type 2 diabetes, some types of cancers as well as heart problems. Eating smaller meals and avoiding fat intake can help.