Who Should Not Drink Soy Milk?

While soy milk is generally considered safe for most people, there are certain groups of people who may want to limit their consumption or avoid soy milk altogether. These include:

  • People with soy allergies: Individuals who are allergic to soy should avoid soy milk and all other soy products. Soy allergies can cause a range of symptoms, from mild hives or itching to severe anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.
  • People with thyroid issues: Soy contains compounds called goitrogens, which can interfere with thyroid function in some people. While moderate consumption of soy products is generally safe for people with normal thyroid function, people with thyroid issues may want to limit their intake of soy.
  • Infants and young children: While soy-based infant formula is available, it should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Some studies have suggested that high levels of soy intake in infants may be associated with negative effects on growth and development.
  • People taking certain medications: Some medications, such as certain types of hormone therapy, may interact with soy products and affect their effectiveness. If you are taking any medications, it’s important to check with your healthcare provider before consuming soy milk or other soy products.
  • People with a history of hormone-sensitive cancers: Soy contains compounds called phytoestrogens, which can have a weak estrogen-like effect in the body. While research on the potential link between soy consumption and hormone-sensitive cancers like breast cancer is mixed, some healthcare providers may recommend that people with a history of these cancers limit their intake of soy products.

If you have any concerns about incorporating soy milk into your diet, it’s a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian to determine if soy milk is an appropriate choice for you.