Soy and Hashimoto thyroiditis

Should SOY be avoided altogether in Hashimoto’s?

There are four reasons why you should avoid soy:

  1. The problem with eating any food that you have an allergy or are sensitive to is that this will result in inflammation and interfere with the healing process.
  2. Most of the soy is genetically modified. Genetically modified soybeans contain high residues of glyphosate, which negatively influences our gut microbiota.
  3. Soy has phytates. And studies show that the phytates in soy can lead to a decrease in iron and calcium absorption. Though, soaking and fermenting soy can significantly decrease the levels of phytic acid. A fermented soybean has many beneficial effects on your health, e.g. helps reduce cholesterol, menopausal symptoms, and increases bone density
  4. Soy has goitrogenic properties. Studies show that goitrogens inhibit thyroid function

In summary, while there are some health benefits of eating organic, fermented soy, many people have soy allergies/sensitivities. In addition, soy has goitrogenic properties, and it also has phytates, which can interfere with the absorption of nutrients. Soy should be avoided in those with thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions. 





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