Processed ‘fake’ soy products: Why eating Tofu may be healthier

I am sure you have heard a lot about the health benefits of soy. I have eaten soy burgers, other processed soy products and tofu. Tofu is the traditional Asian food which has been fermented.

Populations of people, like the Chinese and Japanese who consume a large amount of soy foods, have lower incidences of heart disease, cancer of the breast and prostate and osteoporosis. Research authorities have found soybeans to have anticancer, antihypertensive and anti-cholesterol ingredients.

I have gotten away from the ‘phony meat’ made from soy beans. Why?

‘Processed’ (phony) soy foods may increase your risk for…

  • Cancer
  • Brain function
  • Cause you bone loss
  • Reproductive problems
  • Impair your thyroid
  • Immune system

But, traditional soy foods have not been proven harmful to millions of those living in Japan and elsewhere. The Japanese have the longest life expectancy in the world (Japanese women live 84.93 years while men up to 78.07 years.)

Soybeans are high in protein and fat. Try to limit high fat foods like tofu, nuts, seeds, avocados, and olives for weight loss and if you have cardiovascular issues.

‘Except for people with soy allergies, soy is believed to be safe when consumed in normal dietary amounts. However, the safety of long-term use of high doses of soy extracts has not been established [1]’.

Traditional soy is usually eaten in Asian countries such as…

  • Soybean sprouts
  • Boiled soybeans (edamame)
  • Tofu (soybean curd)
  • Natto (fermented soybeans)
  • Miso (fermented soybean paste)
  • Okara (by-product of tofu)
  • Soymilk
  • Yuba (by-product of soy milk)
  • Kinako (soy flour)
  • Soy sauce

All these are made by natural means and are unaltered. Less than 5 percent of typical diet calories for Japanese and Chinese comes from soybeans. As far as I am concerned, I believe it best to eat food in its most natural state. To me, processed is fermented like tofu.

Therefore, if you desire eating soy, do so in its plant based whole food state, which is simply eat Edamame, which is the soy bean in its pod. The soy bean pods may be boiled in water, steamed, or microwaved.


Website Title National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Article Title Soy
Date Published December 01, 2016
Date Accessed March 03, 2018

Note- contact your doctor before you change your diet.

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