Soy tends to be a major player in most plant-based diets, and some studies have suggested that consuming soy foods, like tofu and soy milk, benefits cardiovascular health, weight loss, and prevention of certain cancers. But conflicting soy studies have confused the issue for most consumers, especially women, leaving us all to ask: Is soy safe?
I cut cow’s milk out of my diet over a year ago, so I’ve known for some time that soy milk is delicious and full of protein. But until recently, I didn’t know what research says about soy and women’s health. More specifically, I didn’t know that soy is actually safe for women. Here’s the thing though: Recent studies, like this one from Tufts University, show that soy isn’t just safe—it may even inhibit development or recurrence of breast cancer cells.
I’ve had to unlearn so much about nutrition since becoming vegan that I figured there was probably a lot I needed to unlearn about soy. So a few months ago, I started Googling the heck out of “is soy safe for women.”