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Tofu 101

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11/8/2009 10:03:57 AM

There's a lot of conflicting evidence about the relationship of soy and breast cancer. Since soy is almost a daily part of the Asian diet and the incidence of breast cancer is lower in countries such as Japan and China than in North America, this could be an indicator that soy has little effect in this regard.
10/30/2009 12:57:10 PM

ANNERS8's SparkPage
tofu rules. as far as soy being harmful to one's health... seems like there are risks and benefits to eating it - I'm not going to cut soy out of my diet. I just think everything, including soy, should be enjoyed in moderation!!
9/29/2009 6:39:47 PM

There may be studies showing that soy products hav negative health effects, but everyone agrees that saturated fats found in many meats are bad for you. Which is the lesser of two evils? Once you add in the ethical and environmental concerns involved in meat production the soybean curd doesn't look so bad. :)
8/22/2009 10:45:15 AM

*AMBER512's SparkPage
I stay away from soy. I probably wouldn't as much if I were in a different country, but certainly not here. I know there is some soy in some of the processed foods I eat, but I generally stay away from straight soy like tofu. Genetically modified foods aren't exactly my desire.
6/30/2009 1:32:07 AM

JULIEN*'s SparkPage
Thanks for the article! I've been eyeing the tofu in my store for a couple weeks now but I was a little wary to actually *try* it. I found a cool recipe where you marinade extra firm tofu in BBQ sauce and bake it in the oven. I think I'll try it for the 4th of July. : )
6/25/2009 9:18:42 AM

Soy products can be harmful to people at risk for breast cancer or with a history of breast cancer. For this reason it is a bit misleading to say "it won't harm you." There are studies which have shown a troubling connection between soy and certain cancers, so people should be aware of this.
5/15/2009 12:31:03 PM

Coolinjeans, correlation =/= causation.

You feel better eating only fermented soy, that's great! Tempeh is amazing stuff, for sure. YUM! You should absolutely do what is best for you and your health.

However, you have no proof, except your own anecdotal evidence, that soy "caused" your thyroid issue. Just because something happened at the same time as something else doesn't mean it caused that something to happen. It also doesn't mean it's applicable to the vast majority of the population.

Of course, there are a few places where this is not true. A bullet wound appearing after you're shot is one. So, sometimes the causation is readily apparent. This, I feel, is not one of those cases.

As for replacing eggs with tofu, I'm much too fond of chickens to ever eat their ill-gotten eggs again. Even "free-range" is not free enough, IMO.

Tofu scramble, FTW. :)
I'm moderate in my soy intake just because it's never great to eat too much of one thing - except maybe veggies and fruit! :)
5/15/2009 7:48:20 AM

The jury is still out about soy and thyroid problems. FYI soy has a weak estrogen-like behavior. In sensitive people or people on thyroid medication soy can have negative effects. There are studies supporting both sides of the question.

One thing you must do: know where your information comes from. For example, the Mayo Clinic says soy foods (not soy supplements!) are fine as long as you aren't taking any thyroid or hormone medication. If you do take such medication, wait at least four hours before eating soy. ASK.COM's medical board says there is evidence eating soy can be bad under certain circumstances. The "soy committee" (just another lobby) says it's fine. Certain individual doctors take one extreme stance or the other ("It's great for you!" or "Don't eat soy; it causes cancer etc!").

I don't think drinking a cup of soy milk a day is going to harm anyone except those on HRT or, in certain cases, with thyroid problems. I'm not a doctor, so ask your own doctor or dietician.
5/15/2009 7:38:51 AM

The other day I went hunting in Africa and shot a tofudebeest. Thanks, Mr. Larson!
3/20/2009 12:38:10 PM

What about all the evidence that soy damages the thyroid?
2/23/2009 10:12:25 AM

ORCA_0574's SparkPage
I love the IDEA of tofu but as I am very texture orientated... I can't take the texture. It's like eating globs of snot (sorry for the visual). I can consume it in "drink" form (aka- smoothies and such) and in something that is supposed to be smooth textured like "cheese"cake but to actually eat it as a meat substitute. I just can't do it. Of course, I have been a vegetarian for so long the actual meat substitue foods-quron, boca and such- sometimes gross me out too as they have too much of a "real meat" texture. Damned if I do and damned if I don't!! LOL
2/13/2009 11:36:19 PM

I love tofu. I was almost over my calorie limit and was hungry so I made myself a mixed green salad and added a diced slice of tofu with Kraft Asian Sesame dressing. It came to about 150 calories. It filled me up and tasted good. Plus tofu mixed up like an egg salad sandwich is good also.
12/19/2008 2:55:50 PM

Tofu is very versatile. Search the web for recipes. You can use it to make dips, fake meat, non-dairy dessert. etc
Try it. Like everything it is healthy in moderation. :)
11/6/2008 3:53:17 PM

mmm... I LOVE tofu!!
7/15/2008 5:16:10 PM

K.D011FACE's SparkPage
Thanks to this article I am not so scared to give tofu a try!

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