That is the question, and has been the question for over a decade amongst many in the Nutirion world. It of course is not only a go-to for non-meat eaters, but is found in many processed foods and hidden in places you wouldn’t expect. Think everytime you see the phrases: soy protein, soy protein isolate, soy protein concentrate or textured vegetable protein listed in the ingredients. For the most part, the jury is still out on whether consumption of soy products, like Tofu, are harmful to the health. Some of the opponents to soy products argue that soy raises estrogen levels in humans, which is particularly concerning in men as reports of breast development, sex drive decline, and hair growth slowing has been reported. As for women, the argument follows reasoning being fertility issues, thyroid issues, and infant abnormalities. Again, the jury is out, but there is one thing for certain: If you do chose to consume soy products, they must be organic. Moreso than any other of the “dirty dozen”, soy products which are not organic, are RIFE with harmful chemical pesticides, that are directly linked to hormone regulation.
Anyway, choose your soy products wisely, and don’t be afraid to experiment. If you currently drink soy milk, try almond. And if you love veggie burgers, but are now reading the ingredient list in horror at the amount of NON-organic soy is contained in each one, try these. Dr. Praeger’s California Veggetable Burgers. I love these because they are ACTUALLY vegetable burgers. Not some strange concotion of barely readable ingredients, and mounds of unhealthy soy. Remember, just because it doesn’t have meat, doesnt mean you shouldn’t read the label! Dr. Praeger loads in the vegetables and has minimal binders, making these a healthy, not to mention absolutely delicious choice for anyone looking for a satisfying “clean” veggie burger experience! Have with an Ezekial burger bun, arugula, red oinion and some stone ground mustard…YUM!