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04/12/2011

Question:

What foods are rich in estrogen?

Answer:

Foods containing phytoestrogens include soy products, whole grains and legumes, lignin-rich foods like flaxseeds, millet and barley. 
 
Here's a more specific list of foods (in alphabetical order) with either estrogens or phytoestrogens (phytoestrogens are estrogen-like compounds found in plants): Alfalfa, Animal flesh, Anise seed, Apples Baker's yeast, Barley, Beets Carrots, Cherries, Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), Clover, Cowpeas (black-eyed peas), Cucumbers Dairy Foods, Dates Eggs, Eggplant Fennel, Flaxseeds Garlic Hops Licorice Oats, Olive oil, Olives Papaya, Parsley, Peas, Peppers, Plums, Pomegranates, Potatoes, Pumpkin Red beans, Red clover, Rhubarb, Rice (relatively high) Sage, Sesame seeds, Soybean sprouts, Soybeans, Split peas, Sunflower seeds Tomatoes Wheat Yams.

How much estrogen you ingest may be low even if the food contains a lot but is eaten in small quantities.

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Response by:

Sharron   Coplin, MS, RD, LD Sharron Coplin, MS, RD, LD
Former Lecturer
Food & Nutrition
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University