In the blog below “The Truth About Soy” by John Robins, he gives a detailed review of the controversy. Sadly, over 90% of soy in the USA is GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) and should absolutely be avoided. I get food sensitivity panels on most of my patients who have neurological or developmental conditions, asthma, eczema, or intestinal issues, and a very high percentage are very sensitive to soy. I don’t recall seeing this as a big issue 10-20 years ago, so I’m fairly certain this is the result of the GMO soy that is now in almost anything you buy in a bag or a box (read your labels).
Breast milk, when compared to soy (OR Cow milk), formula for at least 6 months results in significantly less (300-1400% fewer ear infections, UTI’s, allergies, serious illnesses or chance of hospitalization, less intestinal issues, diarrhea, constipation, SIDS, asthma, eczema, allergies, diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease.
I’m not a huge soy fan, but used in moderation and ALWAYS GMO-FREE, it is a good and healthy source of protein, especially for those who don’t eat meat. Tofu, Tempeh, Miso (especially great as it contains probiotics as well), Tamari or Shoyu are fermented soy sauces for flavor, Soy milk (consider also almond and rice milks), soy nuts and soy butters, edamame, and soy ice cream are some of the options.