Soy, Coconuts and Bread - FAQs

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. It can also decrease the absorption of essential nutrients and minerals.

Commercially grown soy is grown using pesticides which can then, in turn, disrupt our bodies balance and metabolism. Soy contains phytoestrogens (plant oestrogen) which are much milder than environmental oestrogen. This oestrogen is found in plastics and pesticides. However, they 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. That’s 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. It is a stable oil which means you 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. 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 bread 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.


For more on how to utilise these foods and supplement them in and out of your daily food intake take a look at our nutrition options available to you. Our personalised meal plans and support group are great for helping you overhaul your diet and explaining exactly what  and how much to eat… See more HERE

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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.