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So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy!

How to Incorporate Soy Foods into Your Diet

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DLBROWNJACKSON
3/16/2008 8:25:14 PM

Several years ago I began my soy adverture. Soy in all its forms are a wonderful sub. for animal proteins. It just takes on the flavor of what it is cooked with! Yum!
3/16/2008 7:48:12 AM

PSPMOM's SparkPage
I cut back all dairy as my son is lactose intolerant. I don't know why I haven't switched to soy milk years ago. The vanilla is a staple in the house for use for everything and the benefits are so much better than whole milk. Also we are so addicted to tofu now. The same son who is 17 searches for tofu recipes to make.
3/6/2008 4:44:40 PM

ABURRING's SparkPage
I am just beginning to explore the benefits of soy. And I am finding some very tasty treats. The vanilla soy milk is like having a smoothie in the mornings. It is something that I really look forward to in the mornings. I was weary about trying tofu, but now I might give it a go, now that I know how it is made. This has been a great article!
CHAMBER_CHICK
2/19/2008 7:43:24 AM

I love soy milk. I love tofu. And I believe they are better for me, all things considered, than whole milk and beef. Since I won't drink milk at all (except in cooking), soy milk makes it possible for me to enjoy a bowl of GoLean or an herbalife shake in the morning...otherwise I'd be skipping breakfast.

The question of soy is like the question of Splenda to me...we don't eat an ideal diet but we also don't live in an ideal world.

Don't know if this makes any sense, but I was just thinking about how soy helps me start the day with breakfast instead of just a cuppa coffee.
BIGGSOO
1/24/2008 12:03:20 PM

I have been eating soy milk with my cereal for 1 week- and the gastric distress was unbearable- stopped drinking soy- and what a relief- the marketing on the packages really reeled me in- now I have read up on the negatives- I will no longer have soy milk-if you need protein consider whey protein- certainly read something other than the packaging before trying soy milk-
11/28/2007 8:45:04 AM

FORCEOFNATURE's SparkPage
People here have already mentioned that soy is a thyroid inhibitor, so avoid it if you have hypothyroid issues. Soy that is fermented is better than plain tofu or soy analogs. Did anyone mentioned GMO soy? It is not a good alternative to anything and shoud be avoided. Always buy organic, non-GMO soy. The soy milk products that taste good are loaded with sugar or sugar substitutes or alternatives. Avoid these, since they can increase insulin resistance and ADD WEIGHT. The fat content is mostly from Omega-6s, which we have too much of in our diet already.

Soy and corn are easy to grow in the U.S. and agribusiness loves them. Promoting soy and attributing the health of the Japanese to soy consumption is like saying Americans eat at McDonalds, so we are tall. Traditional Japanese consumption of soy was much lower than we might think, they did not eat soy milk, ice cream, yogurt, analogs, or excessive amounts of tofu. They primarily eat fermented soy, as in soy sauce or tamari, tempeh, natto, and a small amount on occasion, in the traditional Japanese diet.

Just because the US gov't says soy is a health food, doesn't make it true. People were told margarine and trans fats would help them avoid heart disease. We all know how that truth was discredited.
SNERDGUY
11/24/2007 6:58:07 AM

We make our own soy milk and tofu using a soy milk maker. Besides soy milk being healthy alternative to cow's milk, it's also far cheaper when I make it at home. I figure about 25 cents a quart when I amortize the cost of the machine over a few years. As with any food product (even water), soy should be consumed in moderation.

I believe that the best evidence of any food being unhealthy is the human evidence, not a report from some lab that fed animals a pure soy diet. To me, the proof is evident. People have consumed soy and tofu for thousands of years and (at least) I have never read or heard of any societal health problems. It's just good sense not to eat any food that causes an allergic reaction. Those who are allergic can probably drink fortified rice milk.
DRAGONFLY88
11/24/2007 12:08:07 AM

The site that some people here have linked to is hardly an unbiased scientific opinion. There is a lot of misinformation about soy out there, so you really have to be careful about the source of your information. Anyone can put up a website and say anything they want.

Obviously it is best to eat any food in its least processed states and soy is no exception. Tofu, tempeh, soymilk and edamame are the least processed and therefore the best choices, but a soy burger is still a far better choice than a hamburger. If you are having adverse reactions to soy, you may be allergic to it and clearly you shouldn't eat it in that case. But let's not forget that the Japanese have been eating soyfoods (again, the least processed, not the meat analogs) without incident for thousands of years, suffering none of the alleged horrible side effects that some of these articles warn of.
11/23/2007 10:32:16 PM

ACLAYJAR's SparkPage
I've heard that soy is not good for those with hypothyroidism.
SUNILMAMGAIN
11/23/2007 9:15:37 PM

Article is highly informative. I would like to mention a bit about Tempeh. It is almsot a staple on Indonesia. However, mostly people deep fry it before eating. Being an Indian, we have learnt to cook Tempeh the way typical Indian curries are made. That way it tastes 1000 times better than the fried stuff eaten in Indonesia. I believe, it is one of the best soy products I have ever eaten.
11/23/2007 11:29:46 AM

GEORGIA1959's SparkPage
I believe that when we process any type of food .....it can only be bad for you. So all these SUB - miracle food alternatives made from soy are a BIG Question....
11/23/2007 11:29:45 AM

GEORGIA1959's SparkPage
I believe that when we process any type of food .....it can only be bad for you. So all these SUB - miracle food alternatives made from soy are a BIG Question....
BARBARALYNN4
11/23/2007 11:06:08 AM

I loved this article. It thoroughly explained all aspects of soy products and their uses. I have had soy burgers and soy milk, but now that I am more informed, I'll try the tofu and tempeh as well in my cooking. Thanks so much!
ARIELLYNN
11/23/2007 9:11:34 AM

That's odd- I thought it was that Soy products dont increase estrogen but in fact quite the opposite. It blocks all testosterone thus creating a false image of esgtrogen. In effect, that's why anyone on any hormone replacment therapy or taking all forms of testosterone wil be told strictly not to consume soy products as to the known effects of soy.
Being lesbian, i guess it's part of our "culture" to be knowledgeable of soy.. lol So i have been reading alot lately about soy. Best to everyone! Hugs!
11/23/2007 8:41:26 AM

NOVA_ENFP's SparkPage
Please read: http://www.westonaprice.org/soy/index.html
. It explains why unfermented soy is unhealthy. In summary:
High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.
Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.
Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women.
Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.
Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body's requirement for B12.
Soy foods increase the body's requirement for vitamin D.
Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein.
Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing and additional amounts are added to many soy foods.
Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.

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