The pros and cons of soy during pregnancy have been widely debated. Many healthcare professionals are cautious about advising their patients to eat soy. The American Pregnancy Association says
There is no evidence that adding soy to your diet during pregnancy will have a positive or negative effect on your baby.
To help you make an informed decision, here are the advantages and disadvantages of eating soy during pregnancy. Soybean can be used as food such as soy milk, tofu, or miso. Soy is a suitable substitute for meat, which has made it very popular.
Soy at a glance
- It is permissible to eat soy in moderation
- You can use soy tofu, soy milk, or miso as a substitute for meat
- Soy contains phytoestrogens which can mimic the effects of estrogen in the body
- The phytic acid in soy prevents the absorption of important minerals for your body during pregnancy.
- Soy contains phytoestrogens, which are plant-based compounds that can mimic the hormone estrogen.
- Some studies have suggested that consuming soy during pregnancy could have a protective effect against certain types of cancer, but more research is needed.
- Soy is also a good source of iron and calcium, which are important nutrients for pregnant women.
- If you have a history of soy allergy, you should avoid soy during pregnancy.
Miso has less phytic acid
Types of soybeans:
Soy is a common ingredient found in many types of food. It’s used as a component of many products, such as tofu, soy milk, soy cheese, and soy flour. Soy can be found in many types of food, including meats and dairy products. It’s also found in some processed foods. It’s safe for most people to eat soy during pregnancy.
- edamame soybean which is unripe and can be boiled and salted before consumption.
- Tofu soy is made from soy milk.
- Fermented soy or tempeh that is combined with rice, millet, or other grains
- Soy Faux Meat Products or vegetarian burgers, vegetarian nuggets, hot dogs, or soy bacon.
- Chilled soy milk
- Miso Paste
- Soy Sauce is prepared from fermented soybeans.
- Soy Nuts are roasted soybeans.
Eating Soy During Pregnancy
Soy has isoflavone, isoflavone is like the estrogen hormone or modified phytoestrogen, so you should eat soy in moderation because a high dose of estrogen can cause abnormalities in the fetus. Also, due to the presence of phytic acid, soy can prevent the absorption of minerals. Of course, traditional fermented soybeans such as miso have been fermented to such an extent that their phytic acid has decreased significantly.
Benefits of Soy During Pregnancy
- Soy is a source of protein and contains many nutrients that are important for pregnant women, including calcium, iron, and folate. Some studies have shown that consuming soy during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of certain birth defects, such as neural tube defects.
- Soy is a good alternative for pregnant women who do not want to consume meat or fish.
- Better mood
- Sugar Control
- Source of vegetable protein
Risks of Soy During Pregnancy
First, soy is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Women who are pregnant should avoid eating high amounts of soy because it could cause birth defects or harm the baby’s development during pregnancy. Breastfeeding should also be avoided for women who are allergic to soy.
Second, soy may have an effect on a woman’s hormones. It can disrupt the body’s natural hormone balance and increase the risk of developing thyroid issues, PMS, and irregular periods (for women).
Third, too much soy may cause digestive problems such as gas and bloating if eaten at the wrong time (like after a large meal). So it’s best to avoid eating large quantities of soy if you know you’re going to need to use the restroom soon after eating it.
Fourth, Soybean products contain high amounts of aluminum, which is probably from aluminum tanks where soybeans are washed or from the addition of mineral salts. Aluminum is a toxic metal that accumulates in the brain and can cause neurological problems, and aluminum easily passes through the placenta and is toxic to placental and uterine cells.
- There are no definitive studies on the risks of soy during pregnancy, but some research suggests that soy may interfere with the development of the baby’s brain and reproductive system.
- Soy contains phytoestrogens, which are plant-based compounds that mimic the hormone estrogen.
- Estrogen is important for the development of the baby’s brain and reproductive system.
- Too much estrogen can be harmful.
- Soy is a common allergen, and some research suggests that soy allergies may be more common in children of mothers who consumed soy during pregnancy.
Excessive Consumption of Soy in Pregnancy
Soy has been shown to have a number of benefits for both mothers and babies. It is high in fiber and contains phytoestrogens, which may help to reduce the risk of certain birth defects such as cleft lip or cleft palate. While it is not known whether soy affects the baby’s overall health, there is some concern that large doses of soy could cause hormone imbalances in the body and affect the baby’s growth and development. Another concern with soy is that if a pregnant woman consumes large amounts of soy-based foods during the first half of her pregnancy, it may interfere with her ability to absorb enough calcium. This can lead to an increased risk of miscarriage or other complications for the baby. Still, more research is needed to determine the long-term effects of soy on babies’ health.
If pregnant women want to limit the consumption of meat during pregnancy, they can use soybeans in the form of tofu, but they must be careful to observe moderation.
Pregnant women can sometimes drink soy milk, but they should note that they should not completely remove milk from their food list because soy milk has different nutritional compounds than cow’s milk.
Genistein present in soy activates the sperm early, and contrary to the idea that it can help fertility, it actually causes that when the sperm reaches the egg, it no longer has the necessary energy to complete the fertilization process.
Soy is a popular plant that is consumed in the form of soy milk, tofu, or miso. Soybean has many properties that can be a suitable substitute for meat, but it should be noted that the soybean produced is organic and free of toxins and preservatives. Also, pregnant women should be careful to use soy in moderation in their meals.