There are many estrogenic foods that can lead to obesity and make you sick. They can also inhibit sperm production and cause humiliating feminization of the body for men. However, some plant-based sources of estrogen such as apples and carrots are actually healthful. They help to slow bone loss, lower cholesterol and help alleviate some issues associated with menopause. It's important to know which estrogenic foods cause harm, says Ori Hofmekler, editor of the national health and fitness magazine "Mind and Muscle Power" and author of "The Anti-Estrogenic Diet."
Processed soy foods are extremely estrogenic, especially if they are fractionated or processed. Look out for soy milk and food containing soy isolates or soy isoflavons. Generally anything that is not fermented needs to be avoided because it will have a high phytate content. Phytates bind to essential minerals and prevent them from being absorbed by your body. Fermented soy, such as edamame, can be OK because fermentation reduces the phytate content.