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26 Apr, 2024

Myth busting around hormones and nutrition

Navigating the intricacies of female hormonal health can feel like traversing a labyrinth of conflicting information and misconceptions, especially concerning nutrition. We hope to debunk this a little for you to help you make the right choices for you and your body.


From fears surrounding soy's impact on oestrogen levels to the belief that certain foods hold the key to fertility, there are a plethora of myths regarding women's health. By examining the scientific evidence behind these myths, we aim to empower you with accurate information to make informed choices about your diet and hormonal well-being so that you can work with your body, rather than against it, to optimise your health - starting with soy.

Myth: Soy Products Mess With Your Hormones

Soy's reputation for disrupting hormonal balance is unfounded, as scientific research consistently shows that moderate soy consumption is safe and may even offer protective effects against hormone-related conditions like breast cancer. Phytoestrogens in soy, such as isoflavones, can actually provide hormonal benefits by binding to oestrogen receptors in the body, without causing imbalances, and have even been shown to help reduce menopausal symptoms like hot flushes. Therefore, incorporating soy into a balanced diet can be part of a healthy lifestyle, making soy products like tofu and edamame a valuable addition to a balanced diet for female health.

Myth: Balancing Your Hormonal Health Through Specific Diets Is Most Optimal

While some advocate for tailoring diets to specific phases of the menstrual cycle to support hormonal balance, the reality is that such an approach can be challenging to implement consistently. While it may work well for some individuals, managing a highly regimented diet can be intrusive to daily life and difficult to sustain in the long term. Moreover, the focus on constantly adjusting food intake according to hormonal fluctuations can overshadow the importance of a holistic approach to nutrition. Instead, prioritising a balanced diet consisting of whole, nutrient-dense ingredients can offer more sustainable benefits for overall health, including hormonal balance. By embracing a broader perspective on nutrition, individuals can cultivate sustainable habits that support not only hormonal health but also their general well-being.

Myth: Dairy Products Increase Oestrogen Levels

The belief that dairy products increase oestrogen levels is a misconception. Scientific research indicates that consuming dairy products does not significantly impact oestrogen levels in humans. Dairy products contain various nutrients essential for overall health, such as calcium and protein, and are a valuable part of a balanced diet. Therefore, there is no evidence to support the notion that dairy products lead to increased oestrogen levels in the body.

Myth: Certain Foods Can Boost Fertility Significantly

The notion that specific foods can significantly boost fertility is a common misconception. While maintaining a healthy diet is essential for overall reproductive health, there is no magic bullet or superfood that guarantees increased fertility. Fertility is influenced by a complex interplay of factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and medical conditions. While some foods may provide nutrients beneficial for reproductive health, such as antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, their effects on fertility are likely modest and cannot overcome underlying fertility issues. It's crucial to focus on overall dietary patterns, exercise, and seeking medical advice if experiencing fertility challenges, rather than relying solely on specific foods as fertility boosters.

Myth: Sugar Causes Hormonal Imbalances

The myth that sugar causes hormonal imbalances oversimplifies a complex issue. While excessive sugar intake can impact insulin levels and contribute to conditions like insulin resistance and diabetes, it does not directly cause widespread hormonal imbalances. Hormonal regulation involves a multitude of factors, including diet, stress, sleep, and overall lifestyle. While reducing sugar intake can support overall health, considering various factors when addressing hormonal balance is essential rather than attributing it solely to sugar consumption. Our plans include unrefined sugars, such as honey, agave nectar, and maple syrup in small amounts to provide the same hit of sweetness but with a smaller blood sugar spike, meaning you can curb your cravings while simultaneously balancing your glucose levels.

Navigating the complexities of nutrition and health requires understanding the importance of balance and moderation. Common myths surrounding foods like soy and dairy often overlook the nuanced role they play in overall well-being. Rather than focusing on singular "superfoods" or demonising specific nutrients, embracing a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods is key to maintaining optimal health and hormonal balance.

Meghan Foulsham ANutr, Senior Nutritionist for Detox Kitchen.


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