I know that my readers and friends of my readers get their vegan underthings in a tangle whenever we hate on soy over here. I know. I understand. It goes beyond dietary choices to animal rights and cries for compassion. The point we continue to try and make, however, continues to be missed, or misunderstood. We're not saying you have to up and start mowing on the farm animals if that's just not you're thing. Allow this to be another attempt to help you understand why soy needs to have a conscious place in your diet.
As many argued with past posts, there are claims of health benefits, claims of it being better than that, claims that it's high in protein, that it's easy, convenient, affordable and all that jazz. The thing is, when we buy our tofu, tempeh, soy milk, soy cheese, soygurt, faken bacon, Yves veggie dogs and oddly beloved and well defended (which I will never understand) Tofurkey, we know we're eating soy. We're making the choice to eat soy and everyone is free to make that choice as often as they choose. Though I would warn that making that choice too often could result in man-boobs in our gents and totally wacked out hormonal imbalances in our women, as well as support GMO crops if we're not ensuring organic goodness. Still, the choice is yours.
I personally avoid soy on a daily basis. I have great reason for this. It is in absolutely EVERYTHING!
A friend of a friend recently posted this photo on Facebook. Did you see it?
You know what else is a source of hidden and not so hidden soy?
There is a list from Health Canada here
Food and products that contain or often contain soy:
- Bean sprouts
- Bread crumbs, cereals and crackers
- Breaded foods
- Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), hydrolyzed soy protein (HSP) and hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
- Imitation dairy food
- Infant formula, follow-up formula, nutrition supplements for toddlers and children
- Meal replacements
- Meat products with fillers, for example, burgers and prepared ground meat products
- Mexican foods, for example, chili, taco fillings and tamales
- Nutrition supplements
- Sauces, for example, soy, shoyu, tamari, teriyaki, Worcestershire
- Simulated fish and meat products, for example, surimi, imitation bacon bits, vegetarian burgers
- Stews, for example, in gravies
- Vegetarian dishes
Other possible sources of soy:
- Baked goods and baking mixes
- Beverage mixes, for example, hot chocolate and lemonade
- Canned tuna and minced hams, for example, seasoned or mixed with other ingredients for flavour
- Chewing gum
- Cooking spray, margarine, vegetable shortening and vegetable oil
- Dressings, gravies and marinades
- Frozen desserts
- Milled corn
- Meat products with fillers, for example, preprepared hamburger patties, hotdogs and cold cuts
- Seafood -based products and fish
- Seasoning and spices
- Snack foods, for example, soy nuts
- Soups, broths, soup mixes and stocks
- Soy pasta
- Spreads, dips, mayonnaise and peanut butter
- Thickening agents
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) (may contain hydrolyzed protein)
Non-food sources of soy
- Cosmetics and soaps
- Craft materials
- Milk substitutes for young animals
- Pet food
To translate, this includes everything from your margarine, your crayons, your lip balm, your bread crumbs, your Oreo Cookies, your Kind Bars, and your cartoned vegetable stock. There's just no need to add more soy to the soy. Now, on top of all of that soy infusion and the added argument that soy dogs make people's kids happy or that a veggie burger makes for such an effortless transition, is it possible that you might be serving your kids and garnishing that transition with a side of Hexane? What???
Here are two easy reference guides from The Cornucopia Institute
The bottom line- If you are going to choose to eat soy, do so mindfully, consciously and in serious moderation. Okay?
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