Goodbye Soy

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Goodbye Soy
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After reading about the dangers of soy I persuaded Catherine to stop drinking soy milk. We also had a full can of soy protein she used in shakes. Then there’s the fake meat we put in burritos and my vegetarian shepherd’s pie. I’m also going to throw out the mayonnaise made with soybean oil. Our bread is baked in soy oil, but I can’t throw that out because almost all bread is. Then there’s soy lecithin which shows up in chocolate and just about everything needing an emulsifier to keep oil from separating from other ingredients. But the Weston Price site which has a campaign against soy does not seem so worried about that.

Because of her endometriosis Catherine was already limiting her soy intake since it is an estrogen mimicker that would make her endometriosis worse. Treatment involves surgically removing the extra growth outside of the womb.

When I mention the dangers of soy to others, they immediately think I am talking about GMO soy and that it is okay to eat tofu and fake meats and what all as long as it is organic. Somehow it escaped us that soy is actually an anti-nutrient. Unless it is fermented as is the case in traditional use of soy, it is, in fact, a toxin; an industrial waste product left over from making soy oil. When I saw, at the museum of science and industry, that the U.S. was the biggest producer of soy I was suspicious.

Then in my research for my diet makeover (following my pre-diabetes diagnosis), I learned the truth about soy and found many articles online that confirmed my reading. The worse affect, in my eyes, is that it interferes with the function of the thyroid and has been linked with autoimmune thyroid disease in infants. One of the symptoms is that your voice goes all croaky and I was beginning to feel that. I also don’t like that it has Trypsin inhibitors which interfere with protein digestion and phytates that reduces the assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. It also has a compound that mimmicks B12 which can cause B12 deficiency and some companies add a synthetic vitamin D2 which is toxic. The aluminum, manganese, MSG and the blood clotting compound isn’t good either. A vegetarian diet is already poor in nutrients so why would you make it more difficult for those nutrients to be absorbed?

I was told three years ago that I was deficient in Vitamin D and Catherine is even more so and was given a prescription for clinical doses of Vitamin D as well. We already knew about B12 being a deficiency of a vegetarian diet. When I met Catherine I was already a convert to eating low on the food chain and made a lot of veggie tofu stir fry. I was not a diehard vegetarian because I don’t believe in being a diehard anything, but Catherine did become a vegetarian after watching a documentary about factory farming. And I complied as far as the meals I cooked for us. And apart from an egg for breakfast and salami or ham in a sandwich I only got to eat meat at restaurants. Catherine also remained a salami consumer and there was always pepperoni pizza. She did still eat eggs and fish. Otherwise she would probably have even more health issues.

The Buddhists at IMC (Insight Meditation Center) have vegetarian potlucks every month which I quite enjoyed going to. And at Tassajara, the Buddhist monastery near Carmel, the meals are also strictly vegetarian. This appealed to the Buddhist philosophy to do no harm, but considering that industrial agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to global warming, uses huge amounts of fossil fuels, causes desertification which leads to destruction of wild life habitat to clear more land for crops, you really have to ask what is the impact of a vegetarian diet when observing this do-no-harm precept.

Soy milk doesn’t even taste good. I did like tofu because of the many ways it could be cooked, but not that much. Fermented soy is okay so tempeh may become a new staple for us. Fermented soy is a traditional food of Asia. They only ate tofu when they were starving. I didn’t once see it during my years growing up in Asia.

7 Kommentare zu “Goodbye Soy

  1. Coal and Ice Autor des Beitrags
    "Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is among
    the largest processors of soybeans and soy products.
    along with Dow Chemical Company,
    and Monsanto Company,
    support the industry trade associations United Soybean Board
    and Soyfoods Association of North America.

    These trade associations have increased the consumption
    of soy products dramatically in recent years."

    I could have stopped reading
    right there

  2. Earthworm Autor des Beitrags

    Yes, with heavyweights like those you have to wonder what’s being pushed on us. I shouldn’t be so appalled except that in my neck of the woods everyone bought it, hook line and sinker. No one ever questioned the food value of soy, except one father who’s 8 year old started growing breasts. But I didn’t even hear that story until Catherine told it to me when I brought this up.

  3. dot dream Autor des Beitrags

    Most soy products championed as meat substitutes are so loaded with sodium that I’ve stayed away from them (as part of my effort to control hypertension and because my dad trained me early to dislike extremely salty food). I guess I should renew my search for lower-sodium tempeh, because I do like the stuff.

    When I was in high school, my dad and I got caught up in the wok craze here in the SF Bay Area (Taylor & Ng was the name of the local company that made and sold authentic — we thought — woks that sparked an interest in asian stir-fry cooking in the average anglo omnivore kitchen). It was then that I developed a taste for tofu … because I learned how to make it taste good. It’s quite a bit of work to do so, though, so I’m just as happy to give that up.

    I’m relieved about soy milk; it’s just sooooo difficult to like. I enjoy the taste of only the "enriched (and sweetened) vanilla" version, so when I eat my cereal with it, or mix it into oatmeal, I guess I might as well be eating Cap’n Crunch or some other super-sweet kid’s cereal. And when I drink a small glass of it it’s like enjoying a milkshake.

    Although I’m horrified to learn the truth, I’m happy to stop worrying about the complications of choosing and preparing it — and give up even the few products I’ve been using. You’ve spun me around 180-degrees, Amanda, and you’ve done enough research to be able to answer any questions or doubts I may have had. Grazie mille!

  4. Earthworm Autor des Beitrags

    Glad to be of service Dave. I’ve been drinking unsweetened almond milk which also has phytates in it, but if the almonds are soaked it doesn’t. I may also try coconut milk or hemp milk.

    I’ve also been reading that hypertension is the result of the body retaining salt due to excessive carbohydrate intake. So dietary salt is not the problem. In fact we need it. (I don’t know in what amounts though, but I remember the day that hikers carried salt tablets to offset sweating in hot climates.) When salt is retained in the body it must also retain water which then raises blood pressure. This was confirmed by Martine’s doctor who advised that she reduce carb intake, but she loves her neighbor’s homemade bread too much.

  5. dot dream Autor des Beitrags

    Thanks for the additional insights, Amanda. The baseline requirement for those of us with a desk job and 10 or 20 minutes of exercise a day is supposedly far, far less than we typically consume. It may be true that dietary salt is not the problem, but since I believe (and have witnessed many times) that not every body responds to what’s put into it in the same way I am just a tad wary of approaches that focus mostly on biochemistry or other scientific approaches that don’t account for lots of variables.

    So far, I’ve had success with a mixed approach that takes everything I’ve learned and experienced into account including 10 years of bad side effects of lisinopril, the drug my MDs prescribed. I’ve been off the drug for well over a year now and what I’m doing seems to be working.

  6. Earthworm Autor des Beitrags

    Yes everybody is different and I hardly wish to set myself up to be yet another diet guru espousing a pet theory. One needs to do what is best for oneself. And when I get too overwhelmed with all of my own theoretical dietary demands I ask the pendulum which seems much less particular about what I have for breakfast. Cereal is still as viable as eggs. (Just not toast on top of cereal.)

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