Update (10/7/14): I do not consume soy foods, because it is not good for my body. Be careful when consuming soy foods and if you choose to eat soy foods, make sure they are fermented. Always listen to your body. – Evelyn Parham
I recall a time tweeting that I had Tofu Scramble for breakfast. Someone in my timeline replied “Friends don’t let friends eat tofu.” I was like what? I ignored the reply and went on about my day.
I also had a person send me a video about the dangers of soy, of which I was already knowledgeable. I ignored that too.
I have always wanted to write about soy, but I know this is a controversial topic. I have put off writing about this topic for too long, now is the time.
It is best to find out what the research and doctors are saying about soy, because this helps you understand things better.
The Beginning of my Research
I started researching soy in 2005-2006, because of fibroid tumors. I remember taking Natto, which is a fermented form of soy. Those days, I wasn’t serious about much, just finding my way. So I ditched the Natto and moved on to something else.
I stayed away from soy like the plaque and just kept going my way. I didn’t get back into eating a plant-based diet until 2008, when I started the raw vegan diet.
I ate a raw vegan diet off and on from 2008-2010. I realized that a raw vegan diet wasn’t for me. I leaned more towards eating a cooked vegan diet that includes some raw foods and I’m happy with that.
With any diet, you want to make sure you give your body what it needs for good health.
I began reading vegan books and in almost every vegan book that I read, they recommended soy foods as a source of protein.
If soy is toxic and bad for you why do people continue recommending it and including it in recipes? Conclusion, it is probably not all that bad.
There is Some Good
There are people out here who will persuade you not to eat any soy foods and that’s fine. You can survive on a vegan/plant-based diet without ever eating soy. But there is no reason you cannot eat traditional soy foods in small amounts, if you like.
Dr. McDougall explains it very well in a newsletter published in April of 2005, entitled Soy – Food, Wonder Drug, or Poison? This article is very helpful and informative. After reading this newsletter you will have a better understanding about what’s good and not so good for you.
Here’s something in the newsletter that is important to remember.
“We recommend that you use traditional soy foods, like soy milk and tofu, only as a small part of your diet, at most 5% of your daily calories. “Synthetic soy foods,” like meats, cheeses, and soy bars, should rarely, if ever be consumed.” – Dr. McDougall
If you are going to consume soy, make sure it is from a traditional source and not from a fake source.
Traditional Soy Foods
Have you ever noticed that when Asian people consume traditional soy foods, that it is in small amounts? I have and that should give you a heads up on how much soy foods you should consume.
The processing of traditional soy foods include: grinding, precipitation, and fermentation. Resulting in most of the soy’s ingredients remaining intact. (Source)
- Edamame – boiled soybeans
- Tofu – soybean curds
- Natto – fermented soybeans
- Miso – fermented soybean paste
- Yuba – by-product of soy milk
- Kinako – soy flour
- Soy sauce
If you consume soy foods do your best to eat the traditional forms of soy and make sure its organic, non-GMO (genetically modified organism), or make it yourself.
I’m not telling you to eat soy products, but I am saying that everything isn’t always as bad as people say.
Every time you turn around there is someone saying that a certain food is bad for you. Pretty soon there will be nothing left to eat, then what will you do?
Always do your own research and make the best decision for yourself. You know yourself and your body better than anyone, so follow your body’s lead.
Source of Information: The McDougall Newsletter – April 2005