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Tofu 101

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DAN_ODEA
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.
DAN_ODEA
5/15/2009 7:38:51 AM

The other day I went hunting in Africa and shot a tofudebeest. Thanks, Mr. Larson!
WISEWIFE
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

VICTORIAUSAR's SparkPage
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

EATYOURVEGGIES's SparkPage
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. :)
IMAGIN8
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!
COOLINJEANS
7/14/2008 3:31:58 PM

I use natural thyroid, not the synthetic as it didn't work for me. I have always taken my meds on an empty stomach. I grew up eating fish and still do so a lack of iodine wasn't a problem and isn't a problem where I live.
I started eating soy and soy products as it is suppose to help ease some the perimenopausal symptoms and make menopause easier. Actually perimenopause wasn't a problem and neither was menopause.
I have always exercised and have been very active for ever. I do know my energy level dropped and I developed hypothyroid symptoms after consuming soy and soy based products. Since discontinuing all soy and soy products except for occasional fermented soy, such as tempah, my energy level is back to normal and by removing and limiting certain foods I have managed to decrease the amount of meds.
There has been more than one research article written about the pros and cons of soy .
I have opted to believe that it is not good to consume a lot of it and I personally will only eat it if it is fermented.
Soft tofu, in place of eggs.....an egg contains to many good things for me to replace it with tofu........ a perfect hard boiled egg with pepper and onion powder, is awesome!!
BLONDE_AMBITION
7/14/2008 11:28:02 AM

This was a very informative article. I have never tried Tofu before, but I might give it a try. Thanks!
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.

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