Treating Soy Allergy Through Diet
What is soy?
Soy is a legume which is unfortunately often punted as being an incredibly healthy food. This is not true however, and because of the legumes lectin content, soy is frowned upon pretty heavily in the paleo sphere. Soy, like many other legumes and grains needs to be processed before it can be safely digested by the human body. The simplest way of dealing with a soy allergy is to remove it from the diet completely. This can be easily achieved by utilising a diet such as the paleo diet.
Soy is processed in some fairly alarming ways which include methods such as high heat treating, acid washing, as well as leaching processes in aluminium tanks. Most soy available that isn’t of an organic origin is riddled with pesticides and genetically modified.
Some effects of soy on the body
Soy has been linked to cancer in the form of certain isoflavones which mimic estrogen in the body, ultimately contributing to the development of breast cancer in women.
Specifically, people with hyperthyroidism are more sensitive to the effects of soy due to the isoflavones inhibiting thyroid function. Some research has identified soy as a cause of hyperthyroidism.
Soy contains large amounts of phytic acid, which is a nutrient absorption blocker in the body such as iron, magnesium and zinc. The effects, or rather the concentration of phytic acid can be decreased through fermentation.
Soy isn’t all bad, as long as you consume only fermented varieties. This includes soy derived foods like tempeh, which has good blood sugar and protein stabilisation effects. However, soy supplements should be avoided as soy, if ever eaten, should only be eaten whole.
If you are suffering from a soy allergy, why not try out the paleo diet? To get started, check out the 7 Step Paleo Fast Track Guide, it’s FREE!