I could not find any articles in your archive discussing the possible
negative effects of soy milk on the male body. About a year ago, I switched
from drinking regular skim milk (cow milk) to a fortified, vanilla
flavoured, soy based beverage called “Silk”. I like the taste of this ‘soy
milk’, it has more protein than cow’s milk, a much longer expiry period, and
a great amount of our daily recommended vitamins. It costs about the same
as skim milk as well. I would estimate I drink about 1.5 litres of it per
My question relates to the presence of trace amounts of estrogen present in
soy and its effect on male levels of testoterone and such. Is drinking this
stuff (or soy milk in general) consistently going to reduce my sperm count,
make my breasts larger, reduce facial hair, etc. What are the long term
effects of consuming soy? I have read articles, likely put forward by the
milk industry, attacking the benefits of soy milk with claims that it can
adversely affect male fertility.
Since there are billions of Asians consuming soy regularly, I figure the
stuff cannot be all bad. However, asian males, it can be argued, also tend
to have less body hair, and more feminine-type bodies compared to North
American and European counterparts.
What is the straight dope on this subject?
Toronto, Ontario, Canada