Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Ploy Against Soy

Confused as to whether soy is good for you or not?

Well this website states...
Only Fermented Soy Products Are Safe
To summarize, traditional fermented soy products such as miso, natto and tempeh-which are usually made with organically grown soybeans-have a long history of use that is generally beneficial when combined with other elements of the Oriental diet including rice, sea foods, fish broth, organ meats and fermented vegetables. The value of precipitated soybean products is problematical, especially when they form the major source of protein in the diet. Modern soy products including soy milks and ersatz meat and dairy products made from soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein are new to the diet and pose a number of serious problems....

More info from another website states....
FERMENTATION OF THE SOY BEAN
The soy bean did not serve as a food until the discovery of fermentation techniques sometime during the Chou Dynasty. Thus, the first soy foods were fermented products like tempeh, natto, miso, and soy sauce. At a later date, possibly in the second century BC, Chinese scientists discovered that a puree of cooked soybeans could be precipitated with calcium sulfate or magnesium sulfate. Calcium sulfate is plaster of Paris, and magnesium sulfate is Epsom salts, and they used these compounds to make a smooth pale curd called tofu. So you might be interested to know that tofu is made with plaster of Paris or Epsom salts....

Please decide for yourself. But when making your decision please look at the source of information. Many times when a source boasts about a products benefits they may have an alterior motive. As we all know huge corporations have deep pockets and can pay to sway the publics view about a product by pretty swanky advertising. Don't be fooled by ignorance. Educate yourself and make your own decision about what's right for you. Trust your inner voice.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not really sure if pro-soy articles are lies from powerful agribusiness lobby groups or if anti-soy articles are lies from the meat and dairy industry worried about rampant creeping vegetarianism. My personal perspective is that neither large amounts of meat nor large amount of meat replacements (soy) are healthy. We seem to be quite fanatical about protein and amino acids even though it is proven that you can get all the protein you need from non-meat, non-soy foods in common distribution so long as you are eating a diet of sufficient calories. A healthy balanced diet is far more important than protein. Best strategy, in my opinion, is to stop worrying about meat vs. soy and just don't eat much of either. Red beans and rice do the job nicely.

Jessica said...

@anon
Thank you for your comment. It did make me think about the meat industry. One thing I remember about anti-soy propaganda is it does mention that soy should only be eaten with meat to absorb the phytic acid. I just know that several people, vegetarian or not, have problems with the effects soy has and it's been proven through scientific research. Plus the fact that I'm miserable when eating soy, it's proof enough for me to avoid it altogether. ;-)

Thanks for reading my blog and feel free to comment anytime.

kingtubby said...

first of all ,most of the articles were written by government agency ,not private citizens