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Tofu 101

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7/14/2008 3:40:43 AM

JIBBIE49's SparkPage
Great article.
BOSSMOMMY
5/26/2008 11:07:01 AM

Soy: Does it worsen hypothyroidism?

Is it true that people with hypothyroidism should avoid soy? - Mary / No state given

Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and men's health specialist Todd Nippoldt, M.D., and colleagues answer select questions from readers.
Answer
There's no evidence that people with hypothyroidism should avoid soy. Standard treatment for hypothyroidism is synthetic thyroid hormone. Theoretically, it's possible that eating very large amounts of soy could impair your body's ability to absorb this medication. In such cases, signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism may persist despite treatment with synthetic thyroid hormone.

Certain foods, medications and supplements such as high-fiber foods, iron and calcium supplements, and some antacids may also affect absorption of thyroid medication. To avoid this problem, take your thyroid medication on an empty stomach and separate from such foods, medications and supplements.

If you take synthetic thyroid hormone, consult your doctor before starting any new diets, medications or supplements.

BOSSMOMMY
5/26/2008 11:06:40 AM

Soy: Does it worsen hypothyroidism?

Is it true that people with hypothyroidism should avoid soy? - Mary / No state given

Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and men's health specialist Todd Nippoldt, M.D., and colleagues answer select questions from readers.
Answer
There's no evidence that people with hypothyroidism should avoid soy. Standard treatment for hypothyroidism is synthetic thyroid hormone. Theoretically, it's possible that eating very large amounts of soy could impair your body's ability to absorb this medication. In such cases, signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism may persist despite treatment with synthetic thyroid hormone.

Certain foods, medications and supplements such as high-fiber foods, iron and calcium supplements, and some antacids may also affect absorption of thyroid medication. To avoid this problem, take your thyroid medication on an empty stomach and separate from such foods, medications and supplements.

If you take synthetic thyroid hormone, consult your doctor before starting any new diets, medications or supplements.

5/26/2008 9:45:46 AM

GRAMMABANANA1's SparkPage
For Coolinjeans- I was reading an article that iodine was put into salt because many midwesterners ate very little ocean fish and seafood and the lack of iodine was causing them to have thyroid problems. Possibly before starting a diet with soy people should check in with a nutritionist or dietician.
FAKHRAT
3/17/2008 3:38:39 PM

I love using soft tofu in place of eggs to make scrambled egg omlette. Everything's the same. You can put what every veggies you like such as parsley, onion, spinach, tomato, mushrooms, capsicum etc.. spice it up the way u like it and then add chopped up soft/silken tofu in place of egg. YUMMY!!
I have it as a sandwich for breakfast.
COOLINJEANS
3/17/2008 2:01:57 PM

I quit eating tofu and all soy products because of the negative effect on the thyroid gland
but not soon enough as it contributed to hypothyroidism.... we all need a functioning thyroid to help regulate the metabolism, which helps us burn calories.....I wish I had of been informed about the damage soy and soy based products can have on the body.......
It is not good for everybody and it's about time, all packaging carried warnings on the labels....





PREMMERIDIAN
3/17/2008 10:55:51 AM

When I lived in Saskatoon I lived across the street from a bulk food place that sold these fantastic flavoured tofu dessert cups - they were twice as big as a standard yogurt cup and came in flavours like key lime, coconut, and banana. I can't seem to find them here in Calgary, but they were so good in smoothies. My favourite was the banana dessert with a banana and some Ovaltine for chocolaty flavour. :-) I think the brand was called Pete's.
3/2/2008 1:45:56 PM

MRSWHITE072895's SparkPage
This article is helpful. My husband became a lacto-ovo-vegetarian six months ago, and since I'm the cook in house, so I have I. However, I've been stuck as to what to make since meat used to make up so many of our dinners. Today, I'm marinating some TOFU which I will combine into a larger dish. I'm excited. Articles like this have really helped me.
JULIAE1
11/23/2007 9:33:18 PM

I have eaten tofu between 2 slices of bread and it looks just like egg salad when you mix it with mustard and it is very good.
JULIAE1
11/23/2007 9:32:45 PM

I have eaten tofu between 2 slices of bread and it looks just like egg salad when you mix it with mustard and it is very good.
11/23/2007 2:00:18 PM

JIBBIE49's SparkPage
I had a diet recipe that used tofu and sugar-free jello. It was like a sponge, but very filling and low cal. Have to look on the internet for it again.
11/23/2007 12:33:24 PM

TOMNJERI's SparkPage
I use tofu in soups, but would like some recipes on smoothies.

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