• For those with ER+ breast cancer diagnosis re: soy in everything these days

    Asked by Bengal on Sunday, June 7, 2020

    For those with ER+ breast cancer diagnosis re: soy in everything these days

    I became frustrated while grocery shopping the other day. I have become very much more ingredient conscious since my diagnosis and learning that those who are ER+ should avoid soy products (among other things). They have special sections in the super market for diabetics, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant etc. but we are left to fend for ourselves. It seems EVERYTHING these days has soy in it, not because it is necessary but because it is a cheap and plentiful filler. Every label I looked at had soy. I understand that small amounts of soy probably would not be an issue but if everything has soy then it starts to add up. This concerns me.

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    • legaljen1969's Avatar

      @Ashera, never mind. I just looked some of it up. Wow!! There truly is soy in almost everything. I am going to be having a major change in my nutrition. I think I am going to have to throw out almost everything in my kitchen.
      I know healthcare is expensive, but so is eating completely soy free. One of the sites I saw had eggs @$9.95/dozen in 2017. I can only imagine they are closer to $12 now. Nothing is inexpensive for sure. I think my grocery budget is going to increase 500-700%. I guess I better get a second job. LOL

      6 months ago
    • MarcieB's Avatar

      You know, we could scare ourselves to pieces if we aren't careful. (!) I never really thought that much about it, but now I just checked my favorite chocolate bar and sure enough - soy lecithin. What the XXX is soy lecithin? Even my popcorn cake, that is topped with dk chocolate has soy lecithin on the label (probably in the chocolate). I have to admit it kind of freaks me. So I just re-read ChicagoSandy's post and am relieved to note it was not one of the first four ingredients...still...I never realized it was ever there. I think balance is the key here - fresh food and splurge every once in a while with chocolate (for the soul). When you think about it, it's the best way to go anyway. I suspect the worry and anxiety about what we are ingesting could be more harmful than a few soy lecithins here and there. ;-)

      6 months ago
    • Ashera's Avatar
      Ashera (Best Answer!)

      Just this morning, heard something on a food show that made a bunch of sense to me : "If you look at the ingredients on the label of something...and there are items listed on that label, that you could not go to the shelves and find by themselves, why would you let the food manufacturer put it into your food?" Back to my statement about trying to eat single ingredient - real - foods.

      6 months ago

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