Overwhelmed By The Soy Buzz – Is Tofu OK?
Feel a bit overwhelmed by the soy buzz – have eaten & fed to my 9 yr old boys for years – now feel scared of what I have done! Is tofu ok?
Hi – just found your site and am excited to have a good resource. Have been reading some “real food” blogs that are wonderful but not vegetarian. Feel a bit overwhelmed by the soy buzz (have eaten and fed to my 9 yr old boys for years – now feel scared of what I have done!).
So 2 questions:
Is tofu ok? How is it that Japanese have been ok with soy all these years – how does it differ from what we are eating (I do recognize the difference b/w soy protein isolate).
Also – what is a good vegetarian women’s one a day multi-vitamin for good energy! I do eat some dairy eggs and some fish but have been meatless for 23 yrs or so.
I appreciate any advice you can give me ! S. T.
Savvy Vegetarian Advice:
About Soy: The great thing about tofu is that you can do just about anything with it, and kids will eat it! Like any other food, you shouldn’t try to live on it.
But I think that traditional soy foods like tofu, tempeh, miso and soy milk are fine to eat, as part of a balanced vegetarian diet, including a variety of whole grains, beans & lentils, nuts & seeds, hemp, rice and almond milk, fresh & dried fruit and lots of fresh veggies.
Read this excellent article about soy by Virginia and Mark Messina, RDs – The Truth About Soy.
One big difference between the traditional soy products of Japan, and the soy products we get in this country is genetic engineering. It’s so important to eat organic, non-gmo soy food, because GE is scary stuff! Non-GMO expert Jeffrey M. Smith explains why you should avoid GMO foods like the plague that they are.
Here’s a liquid multivitamin which I haven’t tried: Adult Complete Liquid Nutrition from Go Natural Health.
Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian