"My experience has clearly shown that, compared to patients who do not ingest soy, those patients that ingest the most soy have more thyroid problems and more severe imbalances in their hormonal systems.  In fact, I have found it nearly impossible to balance the thyroid and the rest of the endocrine system in those patients who ingest large amounts of soy in their diet."
– David Brownstein, M.D.

"Soy is a very cheap crop to grow and it has found its way into countless food items and dairy products, not to mention cosmetics, shampoos, and vitamins.  Therefore, many people are exposed to soy on a daily basis without even knowing it!"
-Sheryl Shenefelt, C.N.


What Food Items May Contain Soy?

Soy is found in many common foods including meat and vegetarian products and, unfortunately, baby foods.  According to the United Soybean Board, soybean oil accounts for 79% of the edible fats used annually in the United States.  It is found in many margarines, spreads, sauces, and dressings.

Keep in mind soy also hides in many unsuspected items in your refrigerator and in your pantry such as ice cream, yogurt, pasta, and cereal.  Common baking items that contain soy include flour.  Why would flour have soy in it?  The food industry puts soy in fortified flour so the label can boast more protein.  Chocolate is often a place where you will find soy lecithin or if it’s a liquid chocolate it may have soybean oil.  Frostings often have soybean oil in them to make them more creamy and moist.  Even sprinkles often have soy lecithin to keep them from sticking together and soybean oil to keep them moist.

It is important to read labels to determine what food items contain soy.  This is a list of possible foods that often contain soy to be aware of:


  • Baby formula and food
  • Bacon
  • Bagels
  • Bread
  • Burgers
  • Cereal
  • Cheese
  • Chocolates
  • Condiments
  • Dressings
  • Frozen foods
  • Imitation foods
  • Margarines/spreads
  • Marinades
  • Milk
  • Nuts and nut butter
  • Non-dairy desserts
  • Pasta
  • Protein bars
  • Protein powder
  • Sauces
  • Sausage
  • Seasonings
  • Snack foods
  • Soy sauce
  • Tofu
  • Turkey
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vegetable protein
  • Waffles
  • Whipped toppings
  • Yogurt



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