Should SOY be avoided altogether in Hashimoto’s?
There are four reasons why you should avoid soy:
- 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.
- Most of the soy is genetically modified. Genetically modified soybeans contain high residues of glyphosate, which negatively influences our gut microbiota.
- 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
- 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.