Remove Soy From Your Diet – Live Healthier

We have all been conned into believing that soy is healthy!
The fact of the matter is, soy products are creating more health problems, not preventing them, including obesity.

After developing a severe soy allergy and nearly dying, I learned how bad soy is at any age. Over 60% of products on the shelves that you eat contain soy. When I eliminated soy from my diet, I lost 32 pounds – weight the doctors told me was tied to menopause. For eight years I complained to doctors about my nausea, bloating and unusual weight gain.

This can be a challenge because soy is in so many products where we would not expect it. It’s in canned tuna, canned soups, chocolate, pizza, frozen dinners, most bread, muffins, donuts, cake mixes, hot chocolate, some baby foods, and tens of thousands of other popular products.

Soy has many aliases so beware…

Food processors don’t always list “soy” instead to name a few, you see labels with “textured vegetable protein” (TVP), “textured plant protein”, “hydrolyzed vegetable protein” (HVP), “vegetable oil” or “MSG” (monosodium glutamate). Other ingredients to watch out for are “lecithin”, “vegetable broth”, “bouillon”, “and natural flavorings” (unless flavors are listed). In the beginning, this was the most frustrating for me because soy is “hidden” – you have to know what to look for.

Beware that food labels and ingredient lists change so always read them…

Manufacturers can switch the ingredients used in food products without warning. Allergic consumers like myself, need to check the labels every time I make a purchase. When I go to restaurants (which is very rare) I carry a card with ingredients listed that I cannot have. If you buy packaged deli items make sure you read the labels. If you buy from deli counters where they slice it for you, if you are allergic like me, you need to make sure there is no cross contamination from other meats using the same slicer for everything. I can buy Boars Head, but only if the supermarket carries that brand only. Otherwise, I can’t buy it at all.

Believe it or not…

Vitamins, over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions may contain an unwanted dose of soy. Beware of pills with soy oil bases; Vitamin E derived from soy oil, and soy components such as isoflavones. The inhaler Atrovent is one Rx products that contain soy. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on supplements, eating the right foods will supply you with the nutrition you need.

I was surprised to learn that soy is also found…

Soy inks, paints, plastics, carpets, mattresses, cars, etc. are just a few of the industrial products that may be green for the environment but deadly for highly allergic persons. So far, I have been lucky and have not had any reactions.

To learn more and live healthier – I’m living proof! And I lost 32 pounds within eight months and never gained it back – just by removing one ingredient – soy!

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After developing a severe allergy to soy that nearly killed her, Dianne Gregg learned the truth behind this supposed health food. “The Hidden Dangers of Soy” is the culmination of her efforts to educate others on the issue in hopes more will avoid soy’s underreported—yet widely researched—negative health impacts.

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  1. Kare Kare
    February 23, 2009    

    I have suffered from depression, anxiety, panic and ocd in increasing severity over the years. I have also suffered from constant fatigue, steady weight gain, and I more recently came down with the painful symptoms of Morgellons Disease. This is a painful skin disease that many people are suffering from which involves horrific skin lesions that don't heal, fibers growing out of the skin, sharp glass-like or sand-like particles coming out of the skin, excessive bloating and liquid coming out of the skin, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, fatigue, inability to concentrate, memory problems, etc. Somewhat intuitively, I set about eliminating items from my diet. At the time, I was drinking soy milk on a daily basis, usually 3 times a day minimum. I eliminated soy milk and other soy products from my diet. I also switched to organic milk products. It took some time but my skin eventually improved as did my other symptoms, my depression, anxiety, memory, and ability to think clearly.

    At first, when I gave up soy, I had very severe headaches every time I would lie down to rest. My emotions even became worse before they got better. It was like I was going through withdrawal symptoms. Then one day without giving it much thought, my husband served a vegetarian dish made with soy. My husband became moderately ill from the dish. My son's stomach was upset by the dish. I became terribly ill. I had the worst headache I have ever had in my life. I felt like the pain in my head was going to propel me to the moon. There was no doubt left in my mind that soy was the culprit. I have done everything possible to avoid soy since, and I have felt happier and healthier than I have felt in 20 years.

    This last week was Valentines Day. I slipped and ate a few chocolates that contained soy lecithin. I did not think that a small amount would make a huge difference. I was wrong. I have been a miserable basket case all week. The headaches came back. The crying came back. The fatigue came back. The ocd and the panic came back. For more than a week now, I have been wondering how long it will take for the effects of this mistake to clear my system. I know now, that I cannot afford to take in the slightest amount of soy, but I am very frustrated because it is in almost everything!!! I am also frustrated because I know there are a lot of people suffering from Morgellons Disease and I think that a good portion of their suffering could be alleviated if they were made aware of the ways in which soy might be contributing to their difficulties.

    • Betty Wells Betty Wells
      April 15, 2011    

      It is in the inhaler Combivent, and it is in the pam oil spray that they call Canola oil spray, …my vit. E, I have found a vit E. from puritans pride, but it is a capsule, also Cal and Vit E, without the soy…another for…tiatium dixoxide sounds like a cool whip, in aspirin, allergy meds..wood rison in orange drink from a can for…

    • corinne fahey corinne fahey
      August 1, 2011    

      I would love for you to contact me. A daughter suffering from allergic reactions to SOY.

  2. February 23, 2009    


    Thanks for contacting me. Glad to hear you removed soy from your diet and are feeling much better.

    I understand your frustration when it comes to buying food products. I go through it all the time. However, I have learned to read the ingredient labels very carefully, and when I find products that are safe, I get creative with my cooking using spices, olive oil, and coconut oil.

    If you take supplements, be sure to read the labels as well. There are many supplements that contain some form of soy.

    You don't have to give up chocolate either. I buy all my chocolate from

    If I get anxious about something I ate, I take a benedryl, and that seems to help me.

    • Betty Wells Betty Wells
      April 15, 2011    

      Some of the benedryl has the titanium dioxide…I can't understand, I ate those products years back and they didn't bother me, now it is horrible…Cadbury eggs, I am allergic to tree nuts, so that leaves out the coconut

  3. Kare Kare
    February 23, 2009    

    Thank you Dianne I am glad that you are here!

  4. April 9, 2009    

    dangers diet pills…

    I usually agree with your article content, but in this case I am sorry to say that I do not share your views….

  5. Amy Amy
    April 22, 2010    


    I have just realized that I have a soy allergy or intolerance. I have been off soy for almost a week and I'm experiencing pretty bad withdrawl symptoms. I didn't realize how many food and other products contain soy and it's really hard to avoid. Do you know how long the withdrawl lasts?



  6. April 23, 2010    

    Hi Amy,

    I started feeling much better within 2 weeks and lost 35 pounds in eight months. I know how challenging it is to find soy-free products! I was frustrated too. Now, after 8 years, I have it down to a science. It takes time, but you will get use to it.

    Beware that the bread, canned soups, frozen dinners, frozen vegetables in sauce, and canned tuna in the grocery store has soybean oil too. I buy Trader Joes' Organic Bread – no soy – and it tastes great! I had to make my own bread before I found this brand.

    Hope this helps.

  7. April 30, 2010    

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  8. Elizabeth Miller Elizabeth Miller
    June 1, 2010    

    I am severly allergic to soy. It is also used as a carrier agent for some surgical anethesias so BE CAREFUL! Speak personally with your surgical staff and they will take care of you. Also, buying bras has become a nightmare because they are using soy foam. I have found that some fruit is sprayed with a soy based preservative. Also, I can not eat eggs if the chickens have eaten soy. I can not eat Tyson chicken either. This is by far the most challenging thing I have ever had to deal with. More and more undeclared soy is coming on the market in a variety of ways. Often in the most unsuspecting places, like bras. I have been told that I can not be allergic to soy oil…I have news for them. And yes, soy ink is becoming very popular and I can not touch it. Check make-up, face creams, hand creams anything that comes in contact with your body. Inside and out…Vagisil has soy in it and believe me it was a most painful experience. I can not eat eggs if the chickens have eaten soy. No "fresh" Tyson chicken. I rarely eat out. With diligence, Elizabeth

    • Betty Wells Betty Wells
      April 15, 2011    

      Last year I was going to Chinese rest, but now with it in the buns, I am afraid to even eat a sandwich out.

  9. June 1, 2010    


    Thanks for sharing your story.

    I share your frustrations to a T! I can't eat the chickens from the grocery stores either, unless they specifically state no hormones, antibiotics, etc…People don't realize that you also have to make sure it is not minimally processed.

    I guess I have been fortunate that consumer products have not had an affect on me, but I do watch everything like a hawk. Like you said soy inks are used a lot – I don't have a reaction. Ingesting anything that may even be processed on equipment that used soy is what I have to watch out for.

    Once you've gone into anaphylactic shock, you never want to have that happen again – it's awful!

    I found the best place to buy soy-free chocolate: – you have to check it out.

    They even carry chocolate cake and brownie mixes. Now I don't have to bake from scratch and scramble around to substitute the bittersweet chocolate.

    I can't eat out either. If I do (which is very rare) I order a salad and bring my own salad dressing.

  10. August 28, 2010    

    Hi, for your post. You've helped me a lot.

  11. August 28, 2010    

    Hi Billie,

    I'm glad I was able to help. It's so rewarding to me when people keep me posted and let me know how I have helped them.

  12. September 15, 2010    


    I am happy to see more and more ppl are becoming aware of the danger that soy is. I discovered how truly bad it is very recently. My husband and I run a rattery/rescue in Chicago and have kept our rats soy free since February, when it was brought to my attention the damage it has done to rats. We tend to refer to soy as poison (although this upsets some ppl and has actually gotten me banned from one rat group because of my anti-soy beliefs).

    Soy cuts a rat lifespan in half, it compromised the immune system, it speeds up sexual maturity, to the point of messing with their lifespan AND it causes 2 different type of cancer in rats, mammary tumors (breast cancer) and pituitary tumors (brain cancer), both of which are estrogen fed cancers. I do not know if it causes other types of cancer, but I know these are a fact.

    Recently, my food supplier, FM Brown's, decided, after stating that they did not believe that soy was beneficial to small animals so would not add it to their food, added soy into their food with no warning. Unfortunately, I did not realize it until after I had fed it to my rats for almost 3 weeks. Those poor babies were getting so sick, some of my rats were actually refusing to eat, virtually starving themselves to death, to keep from eating the soy. So many of them lost so much weight because they refused to eat the food. I have lost 11 rats, thus far, because of the soy.

    My husband and I, on Saturday, when into the rat room to clean cages and try to get the rest of the soy out of the cages to help them to be able to recover more easily. On Sunday, our immune systems crashed and we were both sick in bed, coughing, headaches, diarrhea, just feeling like your basic crap. As of today, Wednesday, we are now both on antibiotics, when Saturday, we were both fine, other than my husband having increasing issues with his asthma over the past month, starting the same day that we got the food, getting worse when I was in the hospital for brain surgery (non soy related) and during my recovery.

    THank you for taking the time to help to raise awareness of the poison that soy is. If I had any doubt in the past few months, I now have ZERO doubt about the dangers of soy. WHile I know that we will be unable to fully avoid all soy products for us, we are dedicating ourselves to creating a healthy soy free diet for our rats, as they do not have a choice to go to the store and get the foods they need. I intend to keep up my fight to raise awareness on the dangers of soy as I have been for the past few months. It can be hard, at times, when ppl are so sure that soy is good for them, but I have to keep in mind that if the real truth about soy were fully known to everyone, the soy industry stands to lose not millions, but billions of dollars, including Monsanto, the leading soy manufacturer and the creator of all of the GMO Round Up Ready foods that make things like soy that much worse.

    So, From Social Rats in Chicago, IL. Thank you for raising your voice, raising awareness and do not let anyone tell you that soy, in any form, is safe. IT IS ALL POISON!!!

  13. corinne fahey corinne fahey
    August 1, 2011    

    I would love to speak to Kare in regards to removing SOY from her diet. Betty I sent an email to.
    I am new at this, my daughter has been diagnosed but the doctor is guessing is how I feel. I need to speak to someone who has dealt with a SOY allergy.
    Kare or Betty please contact me, I would really appreciate it.
    Paulfahey2@cox. net
    Thanks Corinne

  14. Kendra Kendra
    December 9, 2011    

    Hi Dianne,
    Thank you so much for this website! I got online to research health effects of soy consumption after a day of eating it with every meal. I had the weirdest stomach rumbling the night of and felt hungry even though I had plenty to eat that day. It was the first time I've experienced such a reaction to soy! After my research and reading about your story, I'm making up my mind to cut it out of my diet for at least a month to see if I notice any significant changes. Do you have any tips that will help me as I make this adjustment? It seems like it is going to be quite a challenge for me! Is your book available in bookstores or Barnes and Noble or do I need to order it online if I want to purchase it?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • hiddensoy hiddensoy
      May 18, 2012    

      Hi Kendra,
      It may take a couple of months. Make sure you read every label even manufacturers that you trust. They can change the ingredients. My book is at Barnes & Noble, and if it isn\’t in stock, they will order it for you. But Amazon has it as a discount.
      Sorry it has taken so long for me to respond, but this is the first time I am seeing this.

  15. Guest Guest
    May 13, 2012    

    I am also going through soya withdrawal symptoms. Ive been off soya for a month now and the symtoms mostly started 3 weeks ago. They are getting less and less but things like trying to get back into regular exercise at the gym again cause them to relapse a bit. Could someone please email me too about how long the symtoms lasted for you and how you handled it? Luckily Id only been having the soya so much for a couple of months.

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    • January 11, 2016    

      Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I thank you for your support and I’m glad this info helped you!

  17. Kol Kol
    January 11, 2016    

    I stopped eating Soy 10 days ago. I’ve already lost 3 pounds! I have MS and read how it can trigger symptoms. I also stopped aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) on the 23rd and had like 2 weeks of bad headaches, anxiety (unexplained), depression, extreme fatigue, pimples, etc. And continued when I stopped eating Soy. Hard to say which withdrawal symptoms were from what. Although I didn’t get get the pimples until I stopped the soy. I’m sure there’s some hormonal changes because of soy affecting hormones. I’m glad I’m starting to feel better, not a 100% yet, but getting there.

  18. Melissa Melissa
    January 14, 2016    

    I am glad to have come across this page and the comments on here. I used to drink a soy latte everyday for the past 2-3 years working in a city office then early December I decided to cut down to 1 a week mainly because buying coffees everyday was becoming too expensive. I was still having a black coffee here and there just cut the soy. After a week or so I noticed acne on my face and back and thought it must be down to stress and then when I broke up for Christmas break I decided to cut the soy completely. I had unexplained mild depression and anxiety and extreme tiredness and lack of energy or motivation to do much of anything. I then developed two ear infections to boot. Its now 14th Jan and I am finally starting to feel myself and only just realised it might have been the soy! I have also lost 1 stone in just over a month and my appetite has changed dramatically. I used to crave sugar and bread all the time now I don’t at all. Really weird. I thought I was going insane for a while there, especially as I never really intended to come off of soy and had no idea there would be withdrawal symptoms! I guess everyone reacts differently and also depends on how much you consumed to begin with. Now I’ve been through this I have no desire to start eating soy again if it had such an impact on my health. Just thought i’d share 🙂

    • March 5, 2016    

      Thanks for sharing your story! It took me 8 months to feel like myself again.

  19. Tarn Tarn
    June 10, 2016    

    Hi it was also good to come across this Thankyou.
    I have just gone off soy lattes only usually would have 1-3 per day. I suffer Rheumatoid Arthtritis but in remission for 2 years however I still get pain daily and some flares ups (inflammation pain).
    I replaced my dairy milk with soy but have read a lot of things this week and decided to go off soy milk to almond.
    It’s early days but I defiantly feel less muscle aces in the body so time will tell.

  1. Jessie on April 9, 2009 at 4:11 am

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