Food intolerances are becoming more and more prevalent. I’m no food expert by any means but if I had to guess, I’d say a lot of it has to do with the quality (or lack thereof) of our food.
Processed. Fake. Artificial colors and flavors. Our bodies don’t know what to do with it.
A while back I developed the worst stomach issues. Cramps. Bloating. Dagger-like pains. I’d have to lay in fetal position for hours. It sucked!
So I decided I would try an elimination diet. First I ditched the dairy. Y’all, hardest thing ever for this cheese lover so I was thankful when that wasn’t the fix. Then I tried cutting out gluten because that’s also a very common food allergen. That didn’t work either.
After speaking to my mom who’s a health guru (so thankful for all she continues to teach me), I tried cutting out soy. That’s not something I ever would have thought about but it’s in EVERYTHING. Especially everything processed. Check your labels. You’d be surprised. Apparently having a soy-intolerance is fairly common but most people don’t realize what it is that’s causing the issues.
Soy lecithin. Soybean oil. Soy milk. Soy sauce. It’s everywhere and in different forms. The ingredient labels don’t always mention ‘may contain soy’ if it is in some of these different forms, like soy lecithin. It’s important to read through the list of ingredients rather than trusting the allergen warning at the bottom.
I tried eliminating this from my diet and it’s insane how much it helped. But the best part is that it helped me eliminate so many processed foods that weren’t doing me any good. Win- win.
There’s some controversy over whether soy is good or bad for you. After doing some research, here’s what I found.
- Soy contains estrogen-like compounds called isoflavones. Some findings suggested that these compounds could promote the growth of some cancer cells, impair female fertility, and interfere with thyroid function. (source)
- While there are some health benefits to consuming soy, most processed foods contain soy.
- A study done in France found people who ate more processed foods were more likely to have heart disease. A similar study in Spain found eating more processed foods was linked to a higher risk of death in general. (source)
- The National Institutes of Health found people ate an average of 500 extra calories a day when fed mostly processed foods compared to those who ate natural, whole foods.
My conclusion is that it’s probably better for your health to avoid processed foods than it is to consume soy for its ‘potential health benefits’. And I feel 100x better when I avoid it.
(Side note: I have been able to find amazing substitutes for soy. One of them including a soy sauce substitute. I now use Coconut Aminos and I can’t even tell the difference!)
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Anyone else suffer from a food intolerance? I’d love to hear your story!