Why soy lattes may be a no-no for post-menopausal women

Phyto-oestrogens could contribute to weight gain in some women

Phyto-oestrogens, such as those from soy and red clover, might contribute to unwanted weight gain in some postmenopausal women, according to a review.

While hormone replacement therapy remains the most effective treatment for typical symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes, many women choose to take phyto-oestrogens instead, says lead author Dr Marija Glisic of University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

However, it remains unclear whether phyto-oestrogens help or hurt with regard to the weight gain and other body changes that typically accompany menopause, the study team writes in Maturitas.

To investigate, Dr Glisic and colleagues reviewed 23 randomised controlled trials involving a total of 1880 postmenopausal women.

All the trials compared women assigned to take phyto-oestrogens or placebo, who were at least four years past menopause, and who were