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Processed vs. unprocessed soy?

post #1 of 9
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I'm a little bit ashamed to admit that I don't really know what the difference is. What does it mean when soy is processed or unprocessed? How do you know which is which?
post #2 of 9
Virtually all soy is "processed" unless you are eating edamame or something.
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post #3 of 9
I've got to admit that I'm a little perplexed when it comes to soy.



I've seen articles that warn of the use of any soy that is not feremented, as soy in it's "natural" state has many toxins that are dangerous.



I've done searches and have found ample evidence for both sides (soy is bad vs. soy is good).



The best advice I've been offered is "everything in moderation".



The one fear I do have is when the "evidence" suggests that soy product can be harmful to expectant mothers and unborn babies...that's something I wouldn't want to take a chance on.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by SonicEarth View Post

Virtually all soy is "processed" unless you are eating edamame or something.



Exactly. If you're eating edamame, or even loose soy beans, you're eating unprocessed soy. If you eat natto (fermented soy beans), you can call that processed or unprocessed soy depending on your view. If you're eating soymilk, tofu, veggieburgers, anything that isn't just a soy bean, it's processed - meaning not in its natural state.
post #5 of 9
This is so confusing to me! I've tried to research this as well, and have found so much evidence on both sides. I eat edamame beans a few times a week, and eat tofu and soy-based products too. Should I be worried?? Is this bad for me?? I've also read that fermented soy is ok.. but I don't eat any fermented soy.. *sigh*
post #6 of 9
I personally think that the whole "soy is bad for you" thing was started by the meat industry to discourage the use of faux-meat products.
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post #7 of 9
Here's a breakdown of what I've very recently learned, and I have to admit, it's pretty interesting. It's true that soybeans are soy in a pure state.

However...it's best to eat soy products that are fermented, like tempeh or miso, because the fermentation process neutralizes the phytic acid.



Phytic acid is found in all beans, but in very high quantities in soybeans. Too much phytic acid actually causes malnutrition if ingested in too high of quantities.



I prefer to use tofu as a treat now, and I really try not to buy any fake meats, sausages, or fake deli meats, etc. I don't think processed foods are all that good for you. I think that many people have the argument that our bodies are not designed to digest meat, yet they're eating up all sorts of processed soy foods. Well, our bodies are REALLY not designed to eat that stuff, I don't think.
post #8 of 9
Tofu has been around for millennia and seems to have served much of Asia well.



Personally, I've heard more "soy is bad for you" statements from vegetarians than anyone else.
post #9 of 9
Everything in moderation, including moderation. So, it's not a good idea to eat huge amounts of any one thing - but if you do it very occasionally, it's not gonna kill you.



Soy is good for you. Ridiculous quantities of soy are not.
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