UK Food Standards Agency Report Examines Impact of Phytoestrogens on Health

Thursday, 01 May 2003m --A COT report (Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment) to the Food Standards Agency examines the implications of phytoestrogens in diet.

Phytoestrogens are natural compounds which mimic or block the physiological action of estrogen, and are found in many plants, including soya.

In this examination, the COT looked at whether phytoestrogens pose a risk to infants fed soya-based formulas, whether there are implications for other groups of people and whether there are benefits from eating phytoestrogens.

The group has recommended that the Department of Health review its advice on the use of soya-based infant formulas, and has concluded that phytoestrogens could adversely affect people with hypothyroidism.

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