Can You Eat Soy Sauce While Pregnant [Explained]

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You’ve probably heard conflicting information about soy sauce and if it’s safe to eat while you’re pregnant. Some will say no, while some will say yes. We’ve broken down all the facts you’ll need to know about the safety of soy sauce and if you can still indulge in your favorite dishes while pregnant.

Can You Eat Soy Sauce While Pregnant?

In moderation, yes – soy sauce is considered safe to keep in your diet while pregnant. However, because of the high levels of isoflavones and sodium, consuming soy sauce regularly and in large amounts is not recommended while pregnant.

Now that you’re pregnant, you might wonder if including soy in your diet is safe for you and your growing baby. The good news is that you can enjoy foods that contain soy, at least in moderation.

One tablespoon of soy sauce can contain as much as 1000 mg of sodium, leading to high blood pressure levels and preeclampsia when too much sodium is introduced during pregnancy. In addition, isoflavones are a plant-based compound and are a form of phytoestrogen, which interacts with your body much as estrogen does. Therefore, moderation is what we suggest when consuming soy sauce during your pregnancy.

What Sauces Can You Not Eat When Pregnant?

Any sauce with raw/uncooked egg is best avoided while pregnant, such as mayonnaise, certain salad dressing, eggnog, meringue dessert, mousse, and other sauces.

Fresh garlic sauce when eating out is also to be avoided as most are prepared with raw eggs and are not good for you while pregnant.
Also, look out for sauces with high sugar and sodium levels, as these should be avoided to ensure the best health for you and your baby.

Can Soy Sauce Cause Miscarriage?

There is no evidence to suggest soy sauce causes miscarriage, but there are health risks associated with consuming soy sauce in large quantities or on a highly regular basis due to the sodium and isoflavones used to make soy sauce.

Is Dark Soy Sauce Safe During Pregnancy?

Dark soy sauce is much the same as any other type made, and it’s best to keep an eye on the levels of sodium, sugar, and isoflavones used. Always remember that moderation of things you can eat while pregnant is always the best route to follow.

Is It Good To Have Soya Chunks During Pregnancy?

Soy comes from the soybean plant and is from the legume family. Depending on the source of your soya chunks and how you prepare them, soy foods have health benefits if eaten in moderation. Soy is a good source of dietary fiber and plant protein because of its low saturated fat levels.

Our Conclusion

As always, all good things should be enjoyed in moderation. While pregnant, this is especially important. Soy sauce doesn’t need to be excluded from your life during this time, and as long as you don’t consume large amounts, it’s considered safe to still enjoy.

Sources:
https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/soy-pregnancy#too-much