Priyanka’s experience with Soybean Phytoestrogen Content

From: Priyanka
Subject: Soybean Phytoestrogen Content

Message Body:
Hi!
First and foremost, this website is awesome! Thanks for compiling all of these resources in an easy to access website.

Second, I am a first year medical student who has had a problem with her skin since high school. I noticed in college that I would get bad acne cysts on my face when I consumed tofu/soy. Since then, I avoid those like the plague. I’ve still suffered from slightly less severe breakouts though, and I’m coming to wonder if soybean oil/soy lecithin is still messing with my hormones in some way. (I also react poorly to flax seeds, another food with high phytoestrogens).

I was wondering if you’ve had any contact with a viewer of this website who has correlated soybean oil to hormonal problems, but not true allergies. It’s astonishing how much soy can disturb the endocrine system, and I cannot believe the FDA for allowing soybean oil in 90 percent of our food based on scant research.

Well wishes!
Priyanka

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Hi Priyanka,

All of my readers (up until you) have only been concerned with allergic reactions to soy. I’ll be curious if anybody else has had any experiences like you. Due to a 2006 article about the high estrogen content in soy, we were already avoiding soy in our home, having kids with soy allergies has required us to be more vigilant.