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So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy!

How to Incorporate Soy Foods into Your Diet


11/23/2007 7:17:28 AM

It might as well be worth mentioning the soy's alternative for regular spreads and frying-roasting oils, which are gfully available in Europe. All them fantastic alternatives as they are lower in fats than regular margarines and alike products.
11/23/2007 6:44:07 AM

Here's a site with additional information:

Also, take a closer look at the ingredients in the processed foods in your freezer, refridgerator and pantry. It's surprising to see how many foods contain some form of soy. We unknowingly eat more processed soy daily than we realize.
11/21/2007 8:41:52 PM

KRYS873's SparkPage
I don't know about the estrogen problems but i do know from my personal experience it can be bad and is not a wonder food. I was diagnosed with gout (at 24 which is fairly uncommon) the doctor told me it was due to my increase of soy. I do not eat the meats which are generally associated in most peoples minds (liver and such) and i don't drink (also can cause)but at the time i was eating a lot of meat substitute and protein bars. It is like anything else you need to be realistic, and people with gout should watch out. To this day soy is the only thing that gets to me.
11/13/2007 11:05:54 PM

NITAINMN's SparkPage recommends that we eat soy products for protein (instead of meat that promote more horomone and antibiotic consumption) comparing US to Asian women with fewer instances of cancer, closer to ideal weight, tend to drink less alcohol and eat more vegetables. However, they are unsure how soy reacts with women on horomnal therapy and recommend avoiding soy products.
11/13/2007 8:05:52 PM

I read that soy after age 50 is a mistake. I also saw an article on television that said the same thing.
Both articles went on to say that your body will read it just the way it reads testosterone, and may increase the risk of breast cancer!

Have you any ideas on that subject?

I hate all of the confusing messages drs. on nutirtion send out. I realise its a comppicated topic, though.

HELP!! I love soy and tofu both now!

11/13/2007 6:48:36 PM

I just finished one of my all-time favorite meals: stir-fry with extra-firm tofu. Yummy! Kind of funny to sit down and log the calories and come across this discussion.
11/13/2007 6:41:10 PM

LAWLI56's SparkPage
I'm intolerant of dairy so I eat and drink soy all the time... far as I know I'm still normal, just going through menopause with no symptoms. Was that conservative guy a beef baron or something?
11/13/2007 5:21:45 PM

TAYLORLIV31's SparkPage
Since menopause, I truly believe that the addition of soy products and soy milk have reduced my hot flashes. Give it a try. An educated opinion is far better then one that makes no sense. No one is going to consume the high levels in a day or week that would make this natural product dangerous. Let's try to use foods productively instead of just based on taste and what's marketed to us.
11/13/2007 5:17:31 PM

I'd hope everyone would agree that too much of ANY one food is not healthy and in fact could be harmful.
11/13/2007 4:09:48 PM

EGOREISE's SparkPage
I also heard about the possibility of too much soy raising estrogen levels too high. Of course, the study it was based on was done on rats and they pretty much had a continuous supply of soy being fed through an IV or something for 24 hours per day.
11/13/2007 3:55:03 PM

JANEDOE12345's SparkPage
It is total hooey that a little extra estrogen will make a man gay. (Men just hate to get used to tofu 'cause it sounds funny.) The amount in soy foods is too tiny to make you sexually inactive or cause breast cancer. The Asian coutnries where it originated have LOWER breast cancer rates than us beef-eaters in the USA. And their population sure hasn't dropped. It's okay to eat, really.

Actually incorporating it into your diet: I put edamane beans on every salad I make. The highly-prepared items (Barbecued soy ribs? Yuk.) somewhat defeat the purpose of healthy eating if the soy has been flavored with fake tastes, so why bother. I used to bread and fry the firm tofu as a cheap meat alternative, but now I hesitate to bread and fry anything! Getting used to soy is a challenge but it is okay after some time. Keep trying it and serving it, it's good for you! And you will not notice any changes in your male friends unless you force feed them buckets of tofu--and the force-feeding will knock them out anyway.
11/13/2007 2:54:50 PM

KELVIA's SparkPage
I, too, saw the article about how eating too much soy is dangerous. However, the amount of soy was something like 50 pounds a day...a ridiculous amount to comsume.
11/13/2007 1:38:48 PM

RIZADA's SparkPage
This article seems helpful, though it's a couple of years old:

According to the article, three studies have shown a decreased cancer risk from eating soy, and other unnamed studies suggest that "high levels of intake might actually increase breast cancer risk in US women, especially among those already considered to be at risk". Also according to the article, the FDA's only official word on soy involves reducing heart disease--nothing about cancer.

It's an interesting question--how much is "too much", if it's even a problem at all?
11/13/2007 1:12:57 PM

i to have heard soy has been associated with breast cancer
11/13/2007 1:09:07 PM

R0S1E430's SparkPage
I have heard recently that soy can be dangerous if one consumes too much of it. I understand than consuming anything too much can be dangerous; however, can someone please speak to this? Also, recently there was a conservative columnist who irrationally stated that eating soy can make men gay because it produces too much estrogen. Likewise, there have been studies into the idea that too much soy can make you sexually inactive. Can someone clear any of this up for me? Thanks!

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