Soy: the good, the bad and the ugly
Info on soy products is conflicting and confusing.
Soybeans are made of complex chemical components, mainly proteins, essential fatty acids and isoflavones (the phytoestrogen version.) Soybeans naturally contain plant estrogens, toxins and antinutrients and essentially mimics estrogen in our bodies.
Soya products in the U.S. are largely non-fermented and highly processed. And due to agressive marketing by the soy industry, Americans have 'Soy Overload' , which is linked to infertility, breast cancer, hypothyroidism and thyroid & breast cancer. Soy Overload reportedly carries the highest risk for infants who are fed only soy (formula.)
Know that the soy industry is one of the world's wealthiest and powerful multi-billion dollar industries. Clinical nutritionist Kaayla Daniel, author of the Whole Soy Story explains: "The 1999 FDA-approved 'health claim' pleased big business, despite massive evidence showing risks associated with soy, and against the protest of the FDA's own top scientists."
In Mary Terrain's article, The Dark Side of Soy, she writes:
Soy is everywhere in our food supply, as the star in cereals and health-promoting foods and hidden in processed foods. Even if you read every label and avoid cardboard boxes, you are likely to find soy in your supplements and vitamins (look out for vitamin E derived from soy oil), in foods such as canned tuna, soups, sauces, breads, meats (injected under poultry skin), and chocolate, and in pet food and body-care products. It hides in tofu dogs under aliases such as textured vegetable protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and lecithin ~ which is troubling, since the processing required to hydrolyze soy protein into vegetable protein produces excitotoxins such as glutamate (think MSG) and aspartate (a component of aspartame), which cause brain-cell death.
As always, primary sources of food (whole foods in their natural, unprocessed state) are the best for our bodies. Moderation with fermented soy products seems to be the best best for good health.
So in moderation, here are our tofu recipes for you to enjoy on this Meatless Monday :)