contributing factors

The Soy-Breast Cancer Connection: Oh No! Not My TOFU!

PJ Hamel Health Guide June 18, 2007
  • Soy milk (and creamer, and smoothies…). Edamame. Soy sauce. Soy nuts. Thanksgiving recipes for “tofurkey.” Soy energy bars. Soy crackers, soy flour bread. TOFU! I believe the only food I have yet to see re-created with soy is chocolate… Hey, I just googled it, and guess what? I found a sou...

9 Comments
  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    Jun. 25, 2007
    Marion, I only know what I wrote. If your doctor is advising you to stay away from soy, you'd best do it. Though perhaps you might ask him/her again if he/she still has the same recommendation, in light of this recent research. - PJH
  • Anonymous
    Marion
    Jun. 25, 2007
    My breast cancer was estrogen driven and my doctor at M. D. Anderson said I should not eat anything with soy and expecially do no eat sweet potatoes. And it is true if you read what is in everthing we buy it contains soy. I am afraid to eat anything with soy. Please let me know what you know about this.
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jun. 26, 2007
      A good book to read is "The Dark Side of Soy". There's lots of good info. in the book and it's in the FVRL library sytem. I was very diligently eating soy products a few years ago, as a replacement for dairy, only to find out its been wreaking havoc with my thyroid. Soy is in the majority of processed food products, especially in salad dressings and...
      RHMLucky777
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      A good book to read is "The Dark Side of Soy". There's lots of good info. in the book and it's in the FVRL library sytem. I was very diligently eating soy products a few years ago, as a replacement for dairy, only to find out its been wreaking havoc with my thyroid. Soy is in the majority of processed food products, especially in salad dressings and mayo. ,and baked items as it is currently the cheapest oil in the food industry right now. Soy is also in most of your frozen entrees (pizza, lasagna, frozen meatballs, etc.) because TVP - ( textured vegetable protein is simply made up of soy) is extremely cheap. Most frozen meatballs are just over 50% meat (by food industry law they have to have 50% meat content) and the rest is soy product plus salt and flavorings. My attitude is that soy is POISON to my body and I diligently read food labels, and try to avoid soy (also transfats, MSG & its derivatives, and artificial sweeteners) at all costs. Soy formula is also implicated in early onset menstruation in girls. Baby boys should NEVER be given soy formula because of soy's estrogenic effects. My suggestion is to simply eat whole foods: fruit , veggies, dairy, meats, and grains. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, and make your own mayo. salad dressings, and baked goods.
    • Tanya
      Jul. 13, 2011

      How scary is that!  And I thought I was been smart making my own tofu etc...

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jul. 13, 2011

      Tanya, from what I  understand in the current literature, soy in moderation seems OK, when it's in its natural form: tofu, soybeans, etc. There may be an issue when it's broken down into its components - particularly the isoflavone genistein - and marketed as a natural menopause aid, or another "natural" supplement... So I'd think your tofu would be OK,...

      RHMLucky777

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      Tanya, from what I  understand in the current literature, soy in moderation seems OK, when it's in its natural form: tofu, soybeans, etc. There may be an issue when it's broken down into its components - particularly the isoflavone genistein - and marketed as a natural menopause aid, or another "natural" supplement... So I'd think your tofu would be OK, eaten in moderation. Hope this helps - PJH

    • Tanya
      Jul. 13, 2011

      Hi! Thank you so much for the feedback!  I had a unilateral mastectomy end of January this year and had 5 weeks of radiation somewhere in amongst all the chaos).  And am currently on 20mg p/day of Neophedan (Tamoxifen citrate) for the next 5 years, think this is my 4th month on it.  So far so good.  What I am needing at present is some good...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi! Thank you so much for the feedback!  I had a unilateral mastectomy end of January this year and had 5 weeks of radiation somewhere in amongst all the chaos).  And am currently on 20mg p/day of Neophedan (Tamoxifen citrate) for the next 5 years, think this is my 4th month on it.  So far so good.  What I am needing at present is some good nutritional advice/guidelines...  If there is any you can perhaps e-mail to me or a website you could refer me to that could assist me with healthy guidelines (and I'm not sure exactly what it is that I am looking for either - I just feel like I'm lost somewhere in the twilight zone...)  

      Thanx in advance! T

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jul. 13, 2011

      Tanya, the best diet for breast cancer survivors is the all-around healthy diet: no fad diets are necessary. No smoking, as little alcohol as possible, lower fat if possible. Fiber/whole grains, fruits and veggies, sufficient protein. In other words, a little bit of everything, without focusing too much on any one food group. Lots of exercise. Yes, it's boring,...

      RHMLucky777

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      Tanya, the best diet for breast cancer survivors is the all-around healthy diet: no fad diets are necessary. No smoking, as little alcohol as possible, lower fat if possible. Fiber/whole grains, fruits and veggies, sufficient protein. In other words, a little bit of everything, without focusing too much on any one food group. Lots of exercise. Yes, it's boring, but it's the best advice we have right now. Good luck to you - I hope you continue to feel good and do well! PJH

    • Tanya
      Jul. 14, 2011

      Thanx PJ!! Laughing  Your feedback is most appreciated!!

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jul. 14, 2011

      We're here to help! Come back and visit whenever you need support. Be well - PJH