Soy. . . Does It Make A Body Good??

Life After Cancer — By on December 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm

After my treatment for breast cancer I began to really look at what I was eating. And in the process made significant changes to my diet. In my quest for healthier foods I became interested in soy. I had never eaten soy before, no edamame or tofu, but I was willing to try. I had always heard that soy was good for women. Women I knew were drinking soy milk and eating Luna bars. The only soy I had ingested at that point was the type included in processed foods which I suppose is not the good kind. Everything in a fresh state is best.

What I became concerned about was hearing that women with breast cancer should avoid soy. Reason being that soy, a plant, when it is ingested gets processed as a form of estrogen. For women with estrogen receptor positive tumors this would not be a good thing. Or so I was told by my doctors. I am one of those ER positive women. So I began running from soy. Reading labels like a lunatic and becoming afraid to ingest any food or dietary supplements that included soy as an ingredient.

That was 8 years ago. Since then the verdict on soy and breast cancer has been mixed. I found a recent article revealing the results of a study about soy. It says that soy is safe for breast cancer survivors and may even reduce mortality rates. However, in the medical community there is still debate about the topic. One MD says that he feels soy as part of a balanced diet is safe however he would not go so far as to say it will reduce mortality rates in women with breast cancer. Read the article here.

I am a big believer in moderation. Over the years I have stopped running in fear of soy. I was glad to hear this news although you never know what the next verdict will be…

As a breast cancer survivor do you include soy as a part of your diet? Did you ever fear soy after your treatment? How do you maintain a balance in your diet?

Cathy Bueti is the author of Breastless in the City. Visit her at

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