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For individuals who are not allergic to soy, no serious short-term or long-term side effects have been reported from eating soy foods.
Common mild side effects include stomachaches, constipation, and diarrhea.
Soybeans also contain moderate amounts of a natural substance called purine. Consuming large amounts of purines can make gout worse. Persons with gout should not eat a lot of soy products.
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Nedrow A, et al. Complementary and alternative therapies for the management of menopause-related symptoms: a systematic evidence review. Arch Intern Med. 2006 Jul 24;166(14):1453-65.
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