Eating soy foods may help
protect against reproductive effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical in many
plastic consumer products and lining the inside of some canned foods, according
to a study of women undergoing fertility treatments.
results were actually exactly what we were expecting to find," said lead
author Dr. Jorge E. Chavarro of the Harvard School of Public Health-Nutrition
BPA is known to mimic
estrogen in the body, and therefore it's believed to disrupt conception and
implantation of a fertilized egg in the womb, the researchers write in the
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Experiments in rodents suggest that soy, which also interacts with estrogen
receptors, could offset or mitigate those effects of BPA, they add.