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Soy: Masquerading As A Whole Lot Of Other Stuff


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
  • Miso
  • 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
  • Tempeh
  • 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
  • Lecithin
  • 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
  • Mono-diglyceride
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) (may contain hydrolyzed protein)

Non-food sources of soy

  • Cosmetics and soaps
  • Craft materials
  • Glycerine
  • Milk substitutes for young animals
  • Pet food
  • Vitamins

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?

Get empowered! Enjoy this directory of Healthwashing resources that will empower you to understand food labels. Learn More

Question of the Day: Are you surprise with the amount of soy in everyday products?


56 Responses to “Soy: Masquerading As A Whole Lot Of Other Stuff”

  1. Sarah said… April 9, 2018
    Well for me soy is a life saver..., I have absolutely paralyzing period pains and I find soy to be the only thing that helps... I even have to start increasing my intake. It raises your estrogen levels which explains why it makes me feel better.
  2. Kim Bruce said… April 23, 2018
    I have been wanting to get rid of Soy in my diet due to the phytoestrogens, 'genistein' and 'daidzein' in it. But it appears I will have to quit eating altogether to rid myself of this dangerous (for men) food.
  3. Lori said… May 25, 2018
    Soy does not raise estrogen levels. Rather, it mimics estrogen in the body (basically ticks the body into thinking it has enough estrogen) and too much of it can create hormonal imbalances.
  4. Melissa Payne said… June 3, 2018
    Soy, my natural answer to help me during menopause. I heard horror stories from my friends on hormone replacement. So, since I have a nutrition degree , I decided to go the natural way, and I was glad to find soy in many products to incorporate in to my diet. I am glad it did it the soy way.
  5. Jennifer New said… June 12, 2018
    I recently had to have a full hysterectomy and it threw my body directly into menopause. I would love to hear some of the foods/products that you used to help. I can't do HRT because of the cancer, so I am trying to get creative and do it naturally.
    • Hi Jennifer - it sounds like this is a challenging time for you. I'd definitely recommend working with a health practitioner to determine which foods are best for you in your situation.
  6. Jaquie said… June 17, 2018
    Thank you so much for this article. Our daughter was recently diagnosed with a soy allergy and my husband and I are astounded by how many products have soy in them!
  7. Veronica Mayorga said… June 21, 2018
    Actually, most Mexican food does not contain soy. Also, legit tamales, chili sauces, and taco fillings do not contain soy. Some prepackaged foods may contains it but it’s extremely rare or not genuine Mexican food.
  8. Em Noz said… July 25, 2018
    I think it’s silly to worry about soys’ PLANT estrogens and not worry about real testosterone, estrogen, and all the other REAL hormones we get from eating animal meats and secretions. Cows milk is absolutely stacked with strong hormones to turn a baby calf into a giant cow. I’d rather not become a giant cow... maybe that’s just me.
  9. Chris said… December 3, 2018
    I have an adult onset life threatening allergy to legumes. Soy is in nearly everything (but not, in Worcestershire Sauce). I just foind out they are making fabrick from soy. This means I have to fear leaving my house. Literally.
  10. Julie said… December 26, 2018
    I have been trying to eliminate Soy from my diet for 10 months to due an allergy. I have found the biggest issue is eating out, or at other peoples homes. I just stumbled upon this article and found it very helpful. Thank you

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