My personal opinion is that the dairy industry is feeling very threatened by the new popularity of soy products (as they tend to replace dairy products)...
I went to medical school for three years and from my knowledge the phyto-estrogenes found in soy are different from human estrogenes and subsequently have a different effect in the body. It is *not* proven that plant-derived estrogenes have harmful effects.
I am 38 weeks pregnant, on a vegan diet, and I eat soy products every day. I am perfectly healthy, and according to all the medical information I have received, my baby is too.
I don't know if this is due to my diet (wholefood organic vegan
) but I have had none of the typical pregnancy complaints: no oedema, no heartburn, no stretch marks, no back pain, no anemia, perfect blood pressure... and I still have LOTS of energy at 38 weeks!
If I am feeling this good, and my baby is this active, perky and happy, I don't see how my diet could be all that bad. www.vegfamily.com
has some good articles on soy, and doctors and nutritionists opinions on it.