You hear good and bad about soy products. As I’ve said earlier, I experiment with the food I eat until I know for sure it is healthful. I know I had to stop eating crumbled soy because of how it made me feel.
As a rule of thumb, eating food whole is the healthiest way to eat. For example, people in Japan and China are long known to eat soy products. They also have lower rates of heart disease, cancer of the breast, osteoporosis and prostate.
‘What Have We Learned?
Consuming soy protein in place of other proteins may lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol to a small extent [1 nccih.nih.gov/health/soy/ataglance.htm#know]’.
The bad side to soy foods we hear about is that it may increase risk of cancer, cause thyroid, immune system, brain function, bone loss, even reproductive problems. But, this is mainly related to synthesized or processed soy or ‘fake meat’, not about people who eat traditional soy foods (like tofu, tempeh and miso) as a small portion of their diet.
‘I recently gave up the ‘fake meat’ called crumbled soy I mixed in with my beans and rice. I don’t eat the phony cheeses and soy candy bars. Best bet is to stick to the traditional soy foods like soy milk and tofu stir fry, but keep it a to a bare minimum of your total diet. For example, use a little soy milk in your cereal and don’t drink glasses full. Soy products do have high fat content’ ~ your author
Some of the oldest people in the world (Okinawan) live in Japan. What do they eat? Part of it is soy products like tofu. That’s what I’ve included in my diet. Last night I made stir fry with tofu and vegetables.
Here’s how I make my tofu stir fry…
- 1 bag of bean sprouts
- 1/4 tub of tofu cubed
- 1 cup of frozen peas
- 1/2 sliced onion
- 1/2 cup of finely sliced cabbage
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1/4 teaspoon powdered garlic
- Squirt of sriracha hot chili sauce
- Dash of sesame oil
- Teaspoon of miso
- Tablespoon tamari (soy sauce) to taste
- Ginger optional
- I cook it all on medium heat stirring occasionally for about ten minutes
- Heat your bowl of brown basmati rice in the micro
- Scoop what you want on top of the rice
- Add more soy sauce
To conclude, a very low percentage of daily calories in a traditional Japanese or Chinese diet are derived from soy. This is usually only a few ounces. But, what brings the Asian’s health is they eat primarily whole vegetables and fruits with lots of rice.
‘If you just have to eat soy, eat the pods called Edamame which you can steam, boil or microwave’ ~ your author
Their food is low in fat, medium protein, high carb with almost no bad cholesterol. They use low amounts of animal products. Hopefully, the overall diet will compensate overcoming any negative health effects in eating smaller amounts of high sodium soy sauce, cooking oil, fermented soy products and chicken, fish and meat.
Source- 1 URL nccih.nih.gov/health/soy/ataglance.htm
Website TitleNational Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Date PublishedDecember 01, 2016
Date AccessedMarch 02, 2019
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.