The Truth About Soy

Therefore, there is no need to worry that the phytoestrogens contained in soy milk will be harmful. On the contrary, soy milk is a beneficial drink for women of all ages and can be enjoyed with confidence.

Precautions for Drinking Soy Milk

Do not drink raw soy milk. Raw soy milk contains saponins, hemagglutinin and trypsin inhibitors. Drinking untreated soy milk can cause food poisoning, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

When soybean milk is boiled to 80 ℃ to 90 ℃, a large amount of white foam will appear. This is a “false boiling”. You should continue to heat it for 3 to 5 minutes until the foam has completely disappeared before removing it from the heat.

The purine content in dried soybeans is very high, but after soaking or making soy milk, the purine content will be greatly reduced. Nevertheless, it is true that those suffering from gout should not drink too much soy milk. It is safe for menopausal women with gout to drink soy milk in small amounts but try to avoid excessive intake of concentrated soy milk, and do not consume it with other high-purine foods.

About Maggie Xu, the Resident Dietitian at SANGHA Retreat

Maggie graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo and studied bioengineering (pharmaceutical direction) at Nanjing Normal University with a bachelor’s degree. She is very experienced with the various clear or potential risks of TCM and western medicine on the human body and has explored the importance and necessity of nutritional support and intervention for maintaining health, preventing disease and shortening the duration of illness. Maggie firmly believes that: “Nutrition is the foundation of health, how to eat nutritiously, and build a healthy lifestyle is important and always needs our attention for long term health benefits.” 

  • Registered dietitian
  • Master’s degree in Nutrition Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • China Science Communication – China Nutrition Society-Health and Nutrition Science specialist
  • Nutrition Society
  • National Senior Health Manager
  • Health science writer for《LifeTimes》
  • Writer of 《Mixed Feeding Guide for Babies》for DingXiangMaMi
  • Member of Chinese Nutrition Society
  • Member of the American Society for Nutrition
  • Member of ICNYSN

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