Gluten Free Guerrillas
8,426 members3,484 posts

Soya Villous Atrophy

Soya Villous Atrophy

There is currently much talk in coeliac communities about soy. Soy is a fairly new food group and has been increasingly added to foods to keep costs down. It is often added to foods designed for the coeliac and gluten intolerant market.

I was going to wait until I had gathered further information before adding a post about soya here in the forum. I thought that I would add it sooner rather than later as this food could be affecting some who have excluded all gluten from their diets and yet still feel unwell. So here's what I have found out - I may modify the information when more comes to hand.

Soya has the same ability as gluten to cause extensive damage and atrophy of the villi in the small intestine. So much so, that doctors allegedly cannot tell when they do a biopsy whether the atrophy has been caused through gluten or soya.

This is a cause for concern as if we are taking gluten out of our diets and still consuming soya will there be a proportion of us who will always have some evidence of coeliac symptoms and shortage of essential vitamins and minerals? If anyone is taking prescribed vitamins and minerals long term - are they eating soya - and if so could this be the cause of the vitamin/mineral shortage?

It appears that the medical profession has known of this problem for quite a while - this is a French paper from 1976:

(Other information about soya but not directly related to the above post.)

Note: Other names used for Soya are as follows - hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP); vegetable oil or MSG (monosodium glutamate); textured vegetable protein (TVP); textured plant protein; vegetable protein concentrate.

Brain Atrophy - links to soya:

Eczema - links to soy and dairy:

Further note: it is alleged that unfermented soy products may be harmful to health in other ways too, as they have high phytate content and sometimes are contaminated with aluminum.

Animals connected to villi atrophy from soya:

3 Replies

Hi Lynxcat, this is very interesting, now a couple of points.

Soya contains phytic acid in very high levels this phytic acid binds to essential minerals like calcium and zinc and can be a negative food in that it stops the bodies absorption of vital nutrients. Even soaking and washing soya beans does not remove all the phytic acid.

So please see this link:

My other concerm with soya is it has been GM'd since the mid 90's as has corn and in the US they reckon that 70% of food in supermarkets contains GM corn or soy and there are studies which show that GM soy and corn makes us fatter than non GM corn or soya and some call this, plastic fat as it's very like trans fats.

So what worries me about soya and corn is they are eaten a lot by coeliac as a substitute for the dreaded wheat and whether they are from a GM source is very important.

Just to reassure anyone who is also lactose intolerant and uses Alpro products these are all manufactured in the UK with non GM soya.

Lastly well done as you have gone to a lot of trouble with this and it shows how being a coeliac can make us much more aware of what we are really eating.


This is very interesting to me, as i recently had to do a dairy free diet and i replaced it with soya products which made me so ill i definately felt like i had been glutened?, thankfully i was taken off of that diet and i am now able to have dairy again its taking a long time for my stomach to settle again but it is slowly getting there.

thank you for all the research.


hi i would urge everyone to check all medications with regards to calcium supplements for coeliacs they all contain soy bean oil had to prove it to doctor and pharmacy i have also cut out corn and touch wood my ibs has improved


You may also like...