The Soy Issue

Ok, typically my little one consumes the carton of Silk (or almond or rice milks as well) before I can get to it; I typically fry in soybean/vegetable oil; we eat tofu twice a week;  TVP and edamame once a month. However, this month we ate less tofu, more TVP, and the same amount of milk.

Now, my hubby and I have flatulence, upset stomachs, and mood swings. Like any food, too much of a good thing is bad...very bad.

Some manufactors of soy products such as Silk Soymilk add ingredients such as carageenan and this ingredient causes the same symptoms of lactose intolerance. Over processed food of any kinds is unhealthy, but I've recently learned that soy is one of if not the most over processed foods. So, we should limit or eliminate the consumption of soy products that are overly processed (which read in the ingredient list as defatted, hydrolyzed, or a partial rather than whole soy bean).

Although soy is a great substitute and protein replacer eating large quanities of highly processed soy is not beneficial. Our diets must be well balanced and large consumptions of soy will cause cause side effects. However, moderation is the key- as always. It is assumed that eggs are beneficial in a diet, but logically eating a high cholesterol food everyday will take it's toll on the body.

If you are lactose intolerant, soy is not your only option. There are other non dairy options that are good as and even tastier than soy such as vanilla rice milk, rice or coconut ice cream, and almond milk.

Enjoy your dairy free life without limits by embracing a variety of foods.
I found a few wonderful links that truly educated me about the truth about soy- it's not all bad, but too much of anything is not good.

Depending on how it is prepared it can be an antinutrient- Oh NO!!!!!

http://www.rwood.com/Articles/Soy_Toxin_or_Tonic.htm

To much consumptions gives major problems!


The key is minimum processing and moderate consumption.

http://www.utne.com/2007-07-01/Science-Technology/The-Dark-Side-of-Soy.aspx


I will probably be making my own tofu from now on, but we share see after the elimination method.

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