Lets Really Talk Soy!

I am really sick and tired of the rumors that soy foods are bad for you. I know there’s a lot of hearsay about how it can cause hormonal imbalances, and not be good for you, but it takes one fool to make people believe a rumor. Let’s debunk this noise with some facts and science! I really want people to know truth. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask me I will get back with you.

Soy products include tofu, some vegetarian replacement foods such as veggie burgers and Veggie “meats”, soy milk and edamame. Also Tempeh, Natto (known to be a good blood thinner.) and miso, which are said to be considered the better of the soy products because they are fermented and no trypsin inhibitors are used.  The fermentation process of soy may improve mineral absorption and may give rise to other beneficial compounds, but nothing’s been proven that this process is superior to unfermented where trypsin inhibitors are used. In fact soy foods in China and Japan have been unfermented for the last thousand years.

Much of the aggressive slander about soy comes from the imitation estrogen in Soy called isoflavones. These Isoflavones mimic estrogen in the body called  phyto-estrogen.   While soy does not have estrogens, the isoflavones in soy are estrogen-like, and soy can function like estrogen to alleviate hot flashes associated with menopause and reduce bone loss.  Also the isoflavones are asscociated with lowering cancer rates among Asians who consumed more soy than any other culture.

 

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Non fermented soy

Soy products are a great source of protein and calcium, and has been repeatedly studied for having substantial benefits.   Studies done by the FDA in 1999 and 2005 found soy foods safe were good in staying off coronary heart disease and certain forms of cancer. They’re rich in Omega 3 and 6, which help the immune and cardiovascular systems and also support brain functionality. It’s been proven to lower cholesterol, as per a USDA study. Research shows that isoflavones prevent the onset of osteoporosis and may protect against various forms of cancer for both male and female. In 1995 soy protein was recognized for lowering cholesterol and in 1999 the US food and drug administration approved the claim.  From 1991 to 2000 a US study with thousands of woman with results showed in four studies show that post diagnosis soy intake improves the prognosis in woman who have had breast cancer.   And, no, it doesn’t do anything bad to your thyroid. Studies done by the National Institute of Health in 2006 have shown it doesn’t affect it at all.

 

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DRINK ME!! IM NOMMY GOOD MILK FOR YOU

And there are plenty of benefits for MEN too.   DO not believe the ridiculous rumors that soy is not good for  you. Please refer to the scientific research studies of Mark Messina. http://www.soyconnection.com/sites/default/files/soy-mens-health.pdf

Or, if you don’t feel like clicking, here’s a quick summary:

The way the isoflavones work is to attach themselves to estrogen receptors in the human body and actually keep estrogen levels low. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine, hosts a highly respected medical journal called “Ferility and Sterility”.  Recently  they published an article and there was no evidence from the  nine clinical studies done on humans that  isoflavone exposure affected levels of estrogene in the male body. The studies also showed that the soy intake did not reduce sperm or semen parameters even at a higher intake levels.  In fact there was a six month long study with couples that were having trouble conceiving proved men with a  low sperm count to increase to normal and the couples were able to conceive. And if that wasn’t enough, research has shown that isoflavones prevent the onset of osteoporosis and may protect against various forms of cancer for both male and female.

Ten Great reasons to include soy for your kids

  1. Soy provides essential nutrients for growth and development such as calcium, zinc, iron and folate.
  2. Soy is a high-quality source of protein.
  3. Soy can provide added fiber to kids’ diets, which generally need a boost.
  4. The neutral flavor of soy allows for use with extreme flavors.
  5. Soy product development is possible for every imaginable food category.
  6. Soy blends well with other ingredients.
  7. Combining soy protein with cereal grains increases protein quantity and quality in cereal products.
  8. Soy is a cost-effective ingredient, making it ideal for food service and for products that fit into the family budget.
  9. Parents respond favorably to seeing soy on the ingredient label and consider foods containing soy to be healthy.
  10. Low-calorie, nutrient-dense soyfoods can help reduce malnutrition and combat the obesity epidemic.
Time to add some sarcastic, bitchy, but funny humor in this debate. First off the people that speak negative about soy are going off research done on mice. LOL  Are we rats? Or do we even come close to resembling a rodent ? Why in the hell do we torture these poor animals trying to relate them to us. These torturous tests can not predict the effects for humans . Duh, isn’t it obvious?? You can not duplicate the complexities in the human organisms to an animals. Which leads me recommending  you guys read an amazing Book called “When Elephants Weep”.
This book not only will give you instances how animals have feelings,  it also makes a point to teach us that testing on animals will never be compared to the human body. Hello people haven’t we learned by now ? This is why we haven’t found the cure for cancer!  We are doing it all wrong.
If you want to educate yourselves further please check out Jeffrey Massons book and link below.

In conclusion PLEASE consider the totality of the scientific research with humans not rodents.  And FYI soy is MUCH better for you than meat!  It’s up to you if you want to eat soy all the time, but keep up with the studies and don’t believe every rumor you come across. Unless allergic, which is relatively rare, soyfoods are a great part of your diet.:)  SO NOM IT UP!!

 

elephants and soy

We have feelings too bro…

 

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NOM ON ME!!! VEGGIE CHEESE

 

 

 

Chickpea Salad and Special Bonus Chickpea Crunchies

chick pea salad

Chickpea Salad.. D- lish!! 🙂

Guys this is so good for you and its all too easy to make. The prep time is about ten minutes. The recipe can also be tweaked in various ways depending on your taste buds. Add some hot sauce for that.

Chickpea Salad

1 can cooked Chickpeas

1/2 cup of carrots

1/2 chopped up red onions

 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1/4 tiny cut scallions

1/4 fresh chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon of olive oil(optional I usually do not use it)

1 tablespoon of rice vinegar

Some salt and pepper and any other spices you may want

DONE! It’s that simple!! Eat it all up.

You can also variate this by making it Italian – Use Italian spices and fresh grated parmesan cheese

****Added extra bonus I am giving you all a really cool healthy snack to make

Chickpea Crunchies

1 can cooked Chickpeas drained well.

1 tablespoon of olive oil optional – I do not use it !! I will spray fat-free pam on

1/2 teaspoon of pepper or more depending on your taste

1/2 teaspoon of cumin

1/2 ground coriander

1/2 cayenne pepper

Bake at 400 for about 40 minutes until they are golden brown

If you want to make your crunchies cajun add chilli powder, some cajun seasonings and remove the coriander

Low fat – High Fiber and SOOO NOMMMY GOOD! ENJOY!!