Soy bad for estrogen receptor positive?

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Question from KathyS: Is soy really bad for you if you are estrogen receptor positive?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. The estrogen-like substance in soy protein is much, much weaker than your own body's estrogen. If a weak estrogen sits in the estrogen receptor instead of the stronger estrogen then this is a good thing. Therefore, I think that eating soy foods which are a healthy source of protein--low or no fat, no cholesterol--as a substitute for meat and chicken is probably a healthy choice. I do not feel comfortable with the use of soy supplements--powders or pills--which may give you too high a dose of plant-like estrogens. Fortunately, or unfortunately, soy foods don't taste good enough to eat too much of them.

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