Soy, Coconuts and Bread – FAQs


Soy is considered to be an anti-nutrient which means it blocks the absorption of other essential nutrients. It also has the potential to inhibit thyroid hormone production in some women and decrease the absorption of essential nutrients and minerals.

Commercially grown soy is often grown using pesticides which can then in turn disrupt our bodies balance and metabolism. Soy also contains phytoestrogens (plant oestrogen) which are much more mild than environmental oestrogen found in plastics and pesticides, however are also found in common foods such as garlic, lentils, cabbage, some meat and dairy. So depending on your own health it might be an idea to use sparingly if you feel you are becoming affected.



Coconuts are a rich source of electrolytes, which are good for muscle function and hydration. They are packed full of fibre which helps you feel fuller for longer and assists in bowel function. They are rich in lauric acid which is only found in coconuts and breast milk. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid that not only promotes bowel health but also enhances immunity. It has great anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and is a stable oil which mean your can cook with it and it won’t oxidise when heated.

Try and buy 100% coconut milk or cream when you can as this is a great dairy substitute for teas and smoothies.

Coconut water is hugely popular as it is full of electrolytes! However just be careful as it has 1 tsp of sugar per glass so only have it in moderation, I wondered why my belly would swell each time I had this… but it is sooooo good 😊



We find that more and more people are having trouble digesting bread as it contains so many unwanted ingredients such as sugar and preservatives, as well as gluten. As bread is traditionally prepared via soaking and fermenting, the nutrients become more available for digestion. Most of the breads we find that line the supermarket shelves today are high in phytic acid, which reduces the absorption of minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and iron.

If you do choose to indulge every now and then look at a dense gluten free alternative, spelt sourdough or sprouted loaf from your local markets or health food store.

Nicole McDermott

I am passionate about working with people on a holistic level to balance hormones, improve mood, manage weight all whilst educating people on the benefits of a balanced whole foods diet. Follow more great advice from Nic here.