A 18-year-old male asked:
why is soy in food if its estrogenic in the body ? does the world not like men with high testosterone? why is it given to baby boys ?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Specializes in Pediatrics
Estrogenic soy: I have never seen definitive information that soy has an estrogenic effect on the body in any study. Soy is an excellent formula choice if breast milk is not available for baby girls and boys. The chemical formula of soy is similar in structure to estrogen; the chemical structure of chocolate is similar to that of heroin.
4068 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Misinformation: Much of the primary nutrition in Japan and other oriental cultures is based on soy protein. It has never impaired their ability to thrive as a population or created girly boys in their culture. Media attention to supposed estrogenic effects is more myth than fact.
629 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Jul 5, 2017
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$15 per month
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.