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So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy!

How to Incorporate Soy Foods into Your Diet


5/26/2008 10:41:14 PM

M_DAVIDSON75's SparkPage
Firm tofu is great marinated if you like then fried in a bit of oil (or deep fried) to get a semi-crusty outside and creamy/chewy inside. My favorite way. Eat it as is w/ a sprinkle of salt if you like or throw some into a broth. Yum.
5/26/2008 9:04:43 PM

CMHLLAMA's SparkPage
Well of course too much of anything is bad for you, but I think vegetarians are the only Americans who should be concerned about OD'ing on soy :-P. Just because soy can harm you in high doses doesn't mean you should give it up. Too much iron can be toxic too, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't consume it.
5/26/2008 6:42:47 PM

LDBEAMS's SparkPage
I agree. There seems to be quite a discrepancy as to how truly healthy soy is. Being post menopausal, I personally stay away from it. I get several health newsletters and a couple of those doctors and very much against eating much soy.

The thing that's sad is when will we ever know for sure, one way or another? Every other day they're changing their minds on what's good for us.
5/26/2008 2:38:42 PM

NJAGU7's SparkPage
I tried soy ice cream on Friday night, vanilla and mango flavor. It was GREAT! My husband is latose intolerant, but he was able to eat it also with no bad effects. I now have Soy Ice Cream and Milk on my diet agenda!

5/26/2008 12:52:07 PM

What about allergies to soy? I'm severely allergic to it, but very few health websites (including this one) talk about this. Soy is often touted as essential to women's hormonal health, but virtually zero alternatives are presented.

It's helpful to know that I may not be missing out after all, if it may also cause thyroid problems.
5/26/2008 12:43:14 PM

The jury is still out on soy and menopause, so it's best for menopausal women, AND WOMEN WITH ESTROGEN DOMINANCE AT ANY AGE, to stay away from soy. Hypothyroidism as well. It's not the "health food" slick marketers want to make it out to be. As in nearly every food, a little bit goes a long long way!

I agree with the comment about "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."

OPEN YOUR EYES!!!! Is there a marketing ploy out to sell the cheapest and easiest crop to grow and no other way to foist it onto people unless telling them how healthy it is? Remember margarine!
5/26/2008 12:24:56 PM

I prefer rice milk on cereal
5/26/2008 11:17:50 AM

I've always been a tofu junkie. Prefer it to meat! However, whne I as looking for a natural way to control my hot flashes during menopause, I not only loaded up on tofu and other soy foods, I started to take a soy supliment.
Well, I started to have thyroid problems. My doctor wanted to give me meds. I hate taking meds, so I researched and discovered that loading up on soy may give you a slow thyroid. I quickly cut out all of it for one year and was able to get my thyroid readings back to normal. Now I can have my tofu occasionally and it is not a problem.
5/26/2008 11:15:36 AM

MZZCHIEF's SparkPage
Soy is a known endocrine disrupter and is contra-indicated as many have mentioned here for people with hypothyroid disease in addition to those with hormone related cancers such as breast cancer.

Asians may have been eating it for centuries, but generally in small portions as fermented condiments, where the active ingredients are minimized. Not as protien powders, a main dietary stable, substitute for meat or dairy.

If you've ever been to an Asian market before, you'll see what has kept Asians healthy... its the goops of fresh produce their shopping carts are full of.

Caveat Emptor.

: )
5/26/2008 11:05:21 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.
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 11:03:23 AM

SHERRY9300's SparkPage
I think the average healthy individual can benefit from incorporating soy into her diet. Soy milk has become a staple in my house since I realized it is much kinder to my stomach than cow's milk. I don't rule anything out in my diet, though, besides junk food and fast food. I think eating a variety of foods in moderation is beneficial and I will continue to incorporate soy into my diet.
5/26/2008 10:51:36 AM

I too have Hypothyroidism, and I have read if you have this, soy is a NoNo!!!!!!!!!!!
5/26/2008 9:40:12 AM

My mother in law told me I should drink soymilk. Ever since I started eating it with my cereal I've noticed that my skin is softer. I read elsewhere that soymilk effects estrogen so I guess that makes sense.
5/26/2008 5:22:53 AM

Anyone ever heard of Lecithin Granules ? Its obtainied from the Soya Bean. Its supposd to be a very efficient emulsifier of fats.
Active ingredients of one teaspoon:
Phosphatidy choline....886 mg
Phosphatidy inositol....504 mg

It is baught in Health Stores and in Chemists and is recommended for people with High Cholesterol.
3/16/2008 9:45:13 PM

Thanks to years of consuming soy products, I developed hypothyroidism. While researching hypothyroidism, thankfully, I discovered the truth about soy, and quit eating it........ moderation may work for some if it is fermented.....
NOVA_ENFP has given a lot of valuable info in her comment....
Do with it what you want...........just keep in mind the old saying, "I told you so"

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