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#1 Old 03-08-2009, 02:03 PM
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I was wondering if anyone knew more information of having too much soy in your diet. I eat tofu on a daily basis, and do not consume soy meats or anything along those lines. But I am concerned about continually eating soy based products may be bad? I guess eating everything in moderation should kick in, but I was just curious. I've noticed that there are lots of people against soy.
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#2 Old 03-08-2009, 02:16 PM
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If you are only eating tofu every day, then I wouldn't really worry about it. Now if you were drinking three glasses of soy milk, having a serving or so of tofu, and eating a protein bar made with soy protein isolate, that might be a bit excessive. But honestly, a little tofu every day will not hurt you.



I personally would not eat over 15-20g of soy protein a day, though.
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Thanks for your reply.

I was also wondering if people were concerned about the processing behind the soy-based products, such as when you consume soy cheeses, meats and so forth?
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#4 Old 03-08-2009, 05:04 PM
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Yeah, some soy products can be pretty processed, like tofu and soy milk.

That's why for meats I go for natural tempeh. It's made with fermented soybeans, and they're still in their whole form. I only have it like once or twice a week though.

I drink soymilk... about 2 cups a week. I don't worry about the processed-ness of soy milk because I drink so little of it.

I eat more wheat than soy, which some people will claim is the cause of many health problems. My cereal and tortillas are wheat. But I don't worry about it because in that cereal, I've got blueberries and sunflower seeds, and in that tortilla is avocado and spinach.



I wouldn't eat tofu every day, I almost never eat tofu. Once I found tempeh, there was just no going back. ;-)



It is possible to have a healthy veg diet with out soy. For me, I could probably do it, but don't because soy is just a convenient source of protein. And efficient too!



For those people who are against soy, maybe they themselves have consumed a lot of it, and so are afraid of potential side effects. Or the estrogen thing... but I mean, to me, it's like... how can you be against the most efficient source of protein on the planet? If there were any one food that could provide every human being with protein in the most resourceful, ecological, sustainable way, it would be soybeans. Only prob is we're feeding half of our soy to livestock.
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#5 Old 03-09-2009, 02:28 PM
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I think 1-2 servings of soy a day would probably be ok for most people, although it doesn't agree with everyone (I can only have about 1 serving of it a day- usually in the form of soya pudding pots ) but after that I start to feel ill/stomach achey from it.



The debate about whether soy is 'good' or 'bad' has been going on a long time, I think you just have to chose the amount you feel comfortable with.



I think Bells gave some good advice though-bascially don't consume tonnes of it and I can't see it having any negative effect unless you're particularly sensitive to it.
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#6 Old 03-10-2009, 07:23 AM
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There are so many things that are pro- and anti- soy that I just go with what I feel in my gut (and have been told by my dr). My doctor is vegan and he has said that the only time that there is really an issue with soy consumption is if you are eating excessive amounts daily (as in lots of soy at every meal) and eat it that way for years. He also said it's just like with anything else...moderation is key.
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