The soy free diet is a way of eating that does not include soy or soy derivatives, such as tofu, tempeh, and miso. Usually, an individual will adopt a soy free diet to test for or after discovering that they have a soy allergy. Soy contains estrogen-like isoflavones, called phytoestrogens. The exact mechanism of these constituents is not clear; however, some evidence suggests that soy may be beneficial in individuals with low estrogen levels, particularly post-menopausal women.
Soy has been a dietary staple in many Eastern cultures for thousands of years and has recently been adopted into Western culture.
The World Health Organization includes soy on a list of the eight most significant food allergens. The incidence of allergy to soy is estimated to be 6%, but this is thought to be an underestimate due to difficulty in recognizing the symptoms of the allergy. Soy allergy typically manifests in asthma-like breathing problems and skin rashes. In older adults, soy intolerant symptoms may include bloating, nausea, constipation, migraine headache, acne or eczema-like skin conditions, fatigue, and weakness.
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Pregnancy And Lactation: There is insufficient reliable evidence about the safety of the soy free diet in pregnancy and lactation. However, there is no reason to expect safety issues.
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There is insufficient reliable evidence about the effectiveness of the soy free diet.
Natural Medicines rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
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The soy free diet is followed to avoid allergic reactions to soy.