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03/18/2011 at 12:00 PM ET

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fuzibuni on

A word about the first article regarding foods to avoid during pregnancy… several times in the article the author suggests eating soy instead of lunch meats and cheeses. However, soy is probably best avoided during pregnancy as well, except in small amounts.

Ingesting moderate to large amounts of soy can be dangerous to your developing fetus because it has high levels of “phyto-estrogens” which mimic female hormones. Women who eat a fair amount of soy during pregnancy with boys can run the risk of their babies developing issues such as Hypospadius, which is a deformation of the penis.

People are eating soy in larger amounts than in the past due to it’s touted health benefits… but please be careful.

MiB on

fuzibuni, I don’t think that is true, there are several asian countries where soy products are a staple food (as in eaten almost every day) and I don’t think they have any more deformities than other countries.

JAl on

Most soy that is eaten in Asian countries is fermented, so if you’re going to eat it, eat miso or tempeh.

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