Soy really isn't all that and a bag of chips...
Tofu with meat or seaweeds is fine
and so is Miso (fermented soy)
But other kinds of soy products aren't very easily digested.
My DD's pediatrician tried cluing me in in his own primitive way: "they make plastic out of soy"
I finally got the real dirt from Susun Weed, herbalist and author of Herbal for the Childbearing Year at her website: http://www.susunweed.com
Type "soy" in the search box.
Here's a synopsis:
THE DARK SIDE OF SOY
Herbal expert reveals too much tofu can be dangerous.
Consuming large amounts of unfermented soy-including soy milk, tofu, "fake" cheese and lunchmeat, tofu hotdogs, and soyburgers can lead to a myriad of health problems.
Herbal healing expert Susun Weed says soy can promote brittle bones, thyroid problems, memory loss, vision impairment, irregular heartbeat, depression, vulnerability to infections, and increased risk of stroke. Are all soy foods bad? Weed explains:
· Why tamari and miso are the soy family's "good guys"
· How soy interferes with the body's ability to liberate, utilize, or create key nutrients,
such as calcium, zinc, B12, and thyroid hormone
· Current research showing soy isoflavones may promote breast cancer cells
· What complementary foods, such as seaweed, counteract soy's negative effects
Real food for real people. What is real food? Real food contains no added ingredients.
Which is real food: milk or soy beverage?
Which is real food: margarine or butter?
Which is real food: hamburger or soyburger?
The above is also from Susun's website. Note: vegan alternatives need not contain soy. What about natural oils like olive (delicious on bread)
or veggie burgers assembed from whole grains, nuts and sprouts? Yum.
I loved the full article - she's really done her research. Available at: http://www.susunweed.com/Weed_letter...1.htm#surprise