How I wish I could sing the praises of the Vegetarian Food Fair's choice of food to eat. Sadly, myself and the other nutritionistas who were there were left with little choice but to bring our own lunch and dinner with us. Remember last year's write up about the fair? Despite my best efforts that included meeting with a Veg Association staff member earlier in the year, who is no longer with the organization, and a call and recommendations to a current staff member, the fair was still overwhelmingly swarmed by the worst of the worst when it comes to vegetarian food: soy in all manner of configurations.
There are many reasons people may choose to go vegetarian and vegan and sadly, the Vegetarian Association seems stuck on its original mandate of saving animals. This is, and rightly so, a super fantastic reason to choose a veggie or vegan lifestyle but it fails to take into account what is best for personal and environment health. Loads of soy does nothing to benefit either. Not to mention that unless certified organic, all soy grown in North America is genetically modified, it can also be incredibly tough to digest, many people are prone to sensitivities and when we start molding and shaping it to resemble our favourite meat foods, it starts to require a whole host of preservatives, additives, chemical processing, and packaging which sucks the life force out of the food, moves it from healthy building to disease building and requires massive amount of energy to produce.
Question Of The Day: What is your fave plant-based pantry staple?