IS SOY HEALTHY OR DANGEROUS ?

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Soy is one of the most blessed and most coursed food nowadays: many people debate wether is soy healthy or dangereous for eating while many others could not imagine their diet without soy and various soy products.

It was not easy for me to write this Hub, because all the time I had in mind very aggressive negative propaganda against soy which started several years ago and frightened very many people.

This article is based primarly on my 14 years long experience of eating soy (as well as on experience of the others who regurarly eat it for many years).

I love soy, started to eat it while listening my intuition (my decision was not influenced by any propaganda) and thanks to it I easily quit eating meat with only most positive impacts of vegeterian diet on my health. I used to eat a lot of meat before, as people today usually do, and loved the taste of meat, but my body did not take it well (I felt tired and sleepy after meat meals, had all sorts of infections, poor immune system, problem with joints, hormones, digestion...) and due to that switched on vegetarian food that literally saved my life (the other reason was compassion for animals). 

I mainly used soy meat products to replace meat in my meals and thanks to the texture of soy meat, I did not feel any phsychological troubles through that transition, and my body enjoyed benefits of much healthier food and became stronger and healthier then ever before. With a little bit of experience and playing with spices, soy meat can be as tasty as any other meat - I tested it on people who cannot imagine diet without meat: they did not even notice that they were eating soy meat instead of meat of animals.

While normaly eating soy for years (of course I did not eat ONLY soy to replace meat, but have eaten soy reasonably often), as well as I eat many whole grains, other beans and vegetables, effects of my diet on health were amazing:

  • I got much more energy then ever, started to look younger and be healthier, what was more then enough of good reasons for me to stick to this diet.

After many years of innocently eating soy as great source of proteins as well as many people I know, several years ago I first time observed one my British friend panickly refusing to eat one small soy steak in the restaurant - he said that soy could interfere with his testosterone levels. Well, I had to laugh on his panick, because I know many men who normally eat soy as a part of their diet for many years and who do not have any problem with lack of testosterone - on the contrary.

Recently I have read bunch of articles about allegedly dangerous effects of soy on health: human imagination can go very far when intentionaly decides to give negative marketing to the product that is obviously good and healthy in it`s normal, moderate use (I doubt that anybody would benefit if eating soy only and nothing else).

So what is truth about soy?

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Truth about soy based on my experience and other facts

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My personal experience (14 years of eating soy) and experience of people I know who regurarly eat soy (some of them for more then 40 years) show that we gained only benefits while eating soy:

  • increase of vital energy,
  • quicker regeneration,
  • better health,
  • better mood,
  • better immunity
  • better digestion
  • no problem with weight

I had several health problems connected with unhealthy diet BEFORE the soy-era, not afterwords, so I cannot get scared with negative propaganda of those ones who do not eat soy at all, never tried it and without any personal experience frighten the rest of the world with alleged danger of this innocent herb, while my experience has proved that my health improved.

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Soybeans are considered to be a source of complete protein. It contains all the essential amino acids that must be provided to the human body because of the body's inability to synthesize them. According to the US Food and Drug Administration:

"Soy protein products can be good substitutes for animal products because, unlike some other beans, soy offers a 'complete' protein profile. ... Soy protein products can replace animal-based foods—which also have complete proteins but tend to contain more fat, especially saturated fat—without requiring major adjustments elsewhere in the diet"

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Soy is good source of vitamins B - especially B12 and iron. None of the people who are eating soy did not develop iron and B12 defficiency (only if they already had it before they started to eat soy). Soy is also rich on calcium, zinc and magnesium.

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Soy consists phytohormones especially isoflavones - phytoestrogens that have great antioxidant properties.

What are phyto-hormones (phyto estrogens)?

These are chemicals within the plants that regulate plant growth. Every plant has phytohormones, none of them could live neither grow without them. Plants do not have endocrine glands, so their "hormones" cannot be compared to the neither human nor animal ones - phytohormones are more sophisticated and even more intelligent then any of human or animal´s hormones - they have ability to transform in substance that plant in certain period needs the most and their most important duty is - TO ATTAIN BALANCE in the plant.

Phytoestrogens do not act as estrogens, neither like xenoestrogens, on the contrary: phytoestrogens do in the human body the same as in body of the plants: THEY REGULATE HORMONAL LEVELS. Phytoestrogens are even able to block too high level of estrogens in humans (when needed they act as estrogen-antagonist), so they always promote overall balance.

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Diet rich in soy is great for women - in all age, especially is helpful in perimenopausal period and menopause - soy promotes overal hormonal balance. Women can eat it as much as they need, also acompanied by healthy diet and as healthy life-style as possible. Soy also helps to prevent tumors and cancers of breasts and sexual organs - because it balances hormonal levels.

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Soy is great for prevention of prostate cancer, more about men and soy intake in next chapter.

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Isoflavones in supplements do not benefit everyone on the same way as natural soy - for some people they are great, for some they are not.

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There are 2 types of soy products:

  • non-fermented soy (as soy milk, tofu, soy meat (TVP) and soy beans)
  • fermented soy (miso, soy sauce, tempeh)

According to the researches, non-fermented soy is much more useful and healthier then fermented, because it consists all needed proteins and amino acids, what fermented products do not consists, except tempeh, because in the rest of fermented products (as miso and soy sauce) it is very small amount of soy.

Fermented products also did not show positive impact on prostate health in research about prevention and healing of prostate cancer with soy. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Urology/ProstateCancer/5272

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Can Men Eat Soy?

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Diet with soy can be very helpful for health of prostate, especially for preventing prostate cancer that is caused by testosterone imbalance and overal hormonal imbalance. Studies in Japan clearly show that for prostate cancer prevention is helpful soy that is not fermented (soybeans, soy-meat, tofu, soy milk). Isoflavones supplements do not have any impact of prostate improval, neither fermented soy (soy sauce as Shoyu or Tamari, tempeh or miso). http://www.medpagetoday.com/Urology/ProstateCancer/5272

Just to add, that moderate soy intake should be a part of overal healthy diet, acompanied by reasonably healthy life-style and positive attitude about life. Without other two conditions, it is naïve to expect that soy only can perform miracles.

Prevention is always the best: prostate cancer is result of many factors they preceed to hormonal imbalance (Please read my article: HEALTH OF PROSTATE ) high level of stress has a lot to do with it, as well as unhealed life traumatic experiences. When cancer is already occurred, it cannot be expected that will be immediately healed with increased soy intake only.

Men who are afraid of "too estrogenic" effects of soy, should understand that phytoestrogenes do not work as estrogens (they are very tender and healthy natural herbal chemicals that cannot be compared to real human or animal hormones). It is good to know that they are also at least two herbs that produce phyto testosterone that could balance testosterone levels for men who have naturaly too low levels of testosterone and these herbs could be and should be added to moderate soy consumption, so all fears from soy can disappear:

  • Fenugreek
  • Ginseng

It is also important to mention that meat has aggressive estrogenic effect as well as milk and diary products that succesfuly destroy production of testosterone (BTW, alcohol is also great killer of testosterone). Men who quit eating mentioned unhealthy food and replaced it with healthy food with moderate intake of soy, lost excess of weight and their testosterone levels are just fine, much better then before, because healthy food healed their livers (liver is very crucial organ for healthy metabolism of sex hormones.).

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More about estrogenic effect in environment that negatively influences health of men (and women) you can read in the article: MALE GENDER IS IN SERIOUS DANGER - EFFECT OF POLLUTERS

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Babies and soy milk

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Breastfeeding is always the best option for babies. If woman really cannot breastfeed , soy milk (in formula) is only one of various options that could be given to the child as replacement for human milk that is always the best option. Soy formula and soy milk is very often chosen as an addition to breastmilk, especially after age 1.

Majority of babies are completely lactose intolerant up to the 1 year of age so many of them cannot be fed neither by cow´s milk nor by cow´s milk formulas as replacement for breastmilk.

Soy milk and phytohormones (phytoestrogens)

Before attacking soy for "too estrogenic" effects, It is good to know that there are real estrogens in mother´s milk. (BTW, mother´s milk does not have testosterone at all and moms feed their male and female babies with the same milk). Cow´s milk or goat`s milk is actually full of estrogens (and have zero testosterone).

What about soy? Comparing to human or animal´s estrogenes, soy isoflavones (phytoestrogens) work on very tender way, and balance hormonal levels, they have ability to balance overproduction of estrogens, because when needed they suppress too high level of estrogens.

Soy milk is prepared of very little amount of soy beans so there is tremendous exaggeration about quantity of phytohormones that are allegedely taken in soy milk-formulas for babies, real quantity of isoflavones are actually very low and they can only be benefit for the health .

Some babies also cannot consume soy milk formula up to the age of 1 because it can be too heavy for them. It does not mean that baby is "allergic" on soy, it means that baby`s digestive system is still not developed enough for soy or other beans intake.

It is fact that there are also rice milk, almond milk and oat milk (in formula or pure) that could be used for feeding the babies, soy is not the only option.

Is it soy milk dangerous for the boys? No it is not. Will the boys become girls or hermaphrodits after drinking soy milk? No they will not. Why? They drink estrogens in breastmilk as well (that does have zero testosterone) and it is really high amount of real animal estrogens in cow`s or goat´s milk (also with zero testosterone) . Amount of estrogens in animal´s milks is much higher then in human milk and more hormonally active and aggressive that any isoflavone from soy could ever be. For difference, isoflavones in soy milk act very tenderly and adjust to the needs of the baby, because their impact on human hormonal levels are not the same as real hormones in animal´s milks, so they cannot be harmful for male or female babies, on the contrary. Just do not feed your children with soy only, there is no good in any exaggeration.

Herbs as soy do not have endocrine glands, so their phytohormones DO NOT ACT as human or animal´s - phytohormones actually balance human hormonal levels!

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Of course, every Mom who has baby should investigate on her own what works for her baby the best, because every child has different digestive system and different needs so it is very difficult to give advice that could satisfy all.

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Do I need to defend soy? Yes I do, because soy improved my health !

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It is a lot of really horrible and false accusations said about soy. Why is that? When soy is proclaimed as food that can completely replace need for meat or help people to lower intake of meat, meat and milk industry reacted with "revenge against soy". Money is, as always, involved in everything.

People also forget that today majority of the cattle is fed mainly by soy and soy products, so if they are afraid of soy, they should also avoid ALL MEATS AND DIARY PRODUCTS.

So many people now completely avoid soy because of false negative marketing, even they would benefit of moderate use of soy in their meals.

What is falsely said about soy:

1. Soy is falsely accused to cause hypothyroidism

This is impossible that soy might cause hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is very often caused by dropping down sexual hormones, among other reasons. Isoflavones in soy gently balance sexual hormones and other hormones, so they prevent that thyroid gland starts slowing down. Of course, soy cannot heal all conditions one human is exposed to: insufficient iodine intake, stress, too much work, life traumas, pollutants, radioactivity, arteficial hormonal therapies that negatively affect health of the thyroid.

2. Eating soy is linked to memory loss ?

This is nonsense. My brain works much better when I eat enough of soy products (as soy beans and soy meat), because I get sufficient amount of all amino acids. Last year I tested eating meat in certain period, but my brain functions and health of the joints started to be negatevily affected by meat intake, as well as my sex hormones quickly dropped down (due to the artificial hormones in meat) so I returned to soy what brought big relief for my brain, joints and hormonal levels (in addition to my remedies).

3. Soy has been falsely accused to be carcinogenic

Since I eat soy, I feel better, look younger and regenerate my cells more quickly then ever. If soy would be truly dangerous for health, I would be already dead after 14 years of regular eating of soy, as well as other people whom I know and who regularly eat soy (my Mum, a lot of my friends, my boyfriend). And all of them feel and are healthier then they were on unhealthy or meat diet. Of course, none of use expect that soy will perform all health miracles in our lives, neither we eat soy in all food products we consume.

4. Soy has been accused to cause osteoporosis

One more nonsense. Soy balances levels of sexual hormones, it is not "too estrogenic", because it acts as estrogen's antagonist when needed. Osteoporosis is caused by low level of sexual hormones, especially estrogens, so soy is one of the foods that can help women to attain hormonal balance again and prevent osteoporosis. Soy also has sufficient amount of calcium that is also beneficial for health of the bones.

5. Soy is allergen

Well, today many people are allergic on all sorts of foods, so nothing strange that some of them are allergic on soy as well. If soy is not organicaly raised, people might be allergic on pesticides they stay in all crops, as well as they stay in soy. Of course that people who are allergic on soy should not eat it.

6. It is said that soy has negative impact on minerals in the body because of phytic acid in soy that has ability to bind minerals so they cannot stay in the body.

The truth is that phytic acid almost completely disappear in the process of cooking, so what is not there, it cannot have negative impact on the body.

The truth is also that mentioned phytic acid through the mineral binding properties is able to prevent colon cancer, because it helps that body gets rid of excess of minerals and heavy metals that primarily stay deposed in colons. It has been shown that phytic acid is protective against Parkinson's disease in vitro. (It significantly decreased cell death) so small amounts of phytic acid in food are more then needed for the health of everyone.

Cattle is fed by raw soy and has problem with excess of phytic acid, because soy is not cooked. Humans eat cooked soy so cannot have any problems with excess of phytic acid.

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7. As a part of negative propaganda against soy, it is even said that Eastern Asians it much less soy then Americans and Europians

This is so funny that Eastern Asians can only laugh on that. Soy is very valuable crop in many countries in Asia and their daily soy intake (tofu, beans, soy milk, tempeh etc) is much higher then we can imagine and certainly higher then in any of Western Countries . While eating their traditionally food with a lot soy, as well as other beans, grains and vegetables, they are healthier then Western people with all their unhealthy eating habits.

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Conclusion

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Food is very delicate topic and people are especially sensitive on info about it, but from my side, there are only compliments to the soy, no matter what that ones who never tried it but critizise it could say .

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My experience with eating soy is only positive, as a part of overall healthy diet. Everyone who I know that is eating soy for many years never complained about it, but some soy products can be bad due to the various artificial additives (as sodium mono glutamate or artificial sweeteners), if soy is GMO etc. Such products should be always avoided.

The best is organically grown soy and organically soy products.

Healthy and balanced diet adjusted to the real needs of every person certainly differs from one person to another.

I feel much better when I eat more soy then less (soy beans and soy meat) and there is no animal protein that can replace that long term good feeling and increase of vital energy that I have thanks to the soy. My body feels the best when is on phyto-proteins - that`s me.

I wish that everyone of you find your own key of healthy eating: food should make you full of energy immedieately after eating, make you feel content, active and healthy, whatever combination you choose. Your body knows the best, the key is not only in what you find delicious or you are used to. You are free to experiment and find the combination that suits you best...

Just, please, do not be afraid of soy... no need for that !

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Tatiana-Michaela Pribic

Usui and Karuna Reiki teacher and alternative healer

Info about my healing services: http://hubpages.com/profile/Tatjana-Mihaela

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Comments 52 comments

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SEO IT! 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ

ALL of my children were fed soy formula. Each one had horrible cramps from the regular milk-based formula and behold, when I put them on soy, no more tummyaches. (Keep in mind I would have breastfed if I had been able to do so)I have recently started including more soy in my diet and have already noticed a difference in how I feel. I think it is possible some people are allergic to soy and maybe for some, it works differently in their bodies, but I have to say it has been great for me. Like the hub!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thenk you SI for sharing your positive experience with soy.

I was also lactose intolerant as baby, when my Mom lost milk I almost died on cow´s milk (no soy and that time). I am so glad that your children had such great experience with soy formula. Majority of women wittness that their babies easily adjust to soy formula and accept it so well!

Enjoy your soy meals, you will feel just great.

Thanks for the visit and comment.


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

Soy sounds like something I need because I have a poor diet, fatigue, poor immune health etc. but I don't know if I would like it. For some reason, it seems nasty compared to meat. I love meat. Maybe one day I'll try it.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Nice job Tatjana and good to see you back :)

If if wasn't for soy, children who are allergic to milk would not get proper nutrition. Most vegetarians rely on soy's protein and unbelievable versatility to stay healthy. The anti-soy propaganda is just that. Farmers feeling threatened by competition have become very powerful lobbyists. I even know some macho guys who are terrified that they'll grow ovaries and breasts if they eat soy. Ridiculous! Most of them have "man boobs" anyway from bad eating habits!


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The Old Firm 6 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Thanks for the article T-M. I agree with the benefits of soy, but have the western world problem that most of our soy products (which are imported)come from seed sourced in America, which is from genetically engineered crops.

Rather a Catch 22 situation. I'm damned if I use it and damned if I don't!

Cheers kid,

Peter


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

I love soy! It's really good for our health if taken in moderation. I make sure that we always have some soy-based dishes in our menu for the week.

Great hub Tatjana!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Tatjana: I just purchased a mix of soy and nuts to snack on, and love soy milk, but was also was starting to read of the "dangers" of soy, and its confusing as I have heard the Japanese consume soy and are as you mentioned generally healthier than their Western counterparts. I would love to learn how to cook delicious meals with soy, but admit, I don't know of any yummy recipes that I can trust. I dabbled many years ago in making soy meatballs, and it didn't come out very good. hehe. Next week when we do our food shopping, I am going to experiment with a soy recipe.

BTW, have been taking the remedies you sent me, and I am sleeping much better, (now that I come to think of it!) and feel pretty balanced. The first day, I was in shock how fast I felt a reaction to the remedies, LOL, then it became more subtle, with one uncomfortable day when I took the extra hormones, and the itchness came back, so I went back to the regular dosage and my body likes it. When I say my thank you to the universe, I give thanks to Source, to you and Hypnodude (he is a new Hubber) for being in my path, as you have contributed to my healing. THANK YOU so much for being a source of light and healing!

Thumbs up!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Lovelypaper, soy can be as great and tasty as meat! Spices give taste to the food, not meat itself. For the beginning, people usually mix soy with meat...and little by little learn how to prepare it, or go to the vegetarian restaurants and there is soy prepared on the way that nobody cannot see neither taste difference.

Wish you luck - it is really worthwile to try.

I love meat as well but soy is as great as meat and much healthier.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Haha GL, you just read my mind about men, their fears and boobs they already have because of overweight! I am not surprised that they really believe they will get ovaries - my friend reacted on very small soy steak like eating it would cause immediate castration !

Poor people got scared from nothing. I am just sorry because so many people could live much healthier lives without that fear.

So glad I am back, thanks for visit and comment.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Well Peter,

I do hope that there is still some non-GMO soy available for sale in your country. Maybe in special stores for healthy food?

We have here in Croatia ONLY non-GMO soy because we mainly refused to import GMO food as well as we still destroy all seeds we import and discover that they are geneticaly modified. (We are not in EU so we still can do it).

But honestly, can I be completely sure that any vegetable or crop or soy I eat is really not GMO ? No I cannot and I eat it anyway.

Many thanks for the visit and comment and wish you to find your soy soon.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Wow Jill I am so glad to meat one soy-lover more !

Thank you so much for the visit and comment!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi Mary, so glad you are well!

Trick for soy meat:

it requires more spices than meat (and more salt becuase meat is naturaly salty).. I basicaly prepare it on same way as I used to prepare meat. I never use soy that is already with spices, I prefere to spice it up on my own way.

F.E. we use for stakes - pepper, red paprika dust (sweet) and garlic so I do the same with soy stakes. I cook them few minutes in salty water, then squize excess of water from soy, then put pepper and paprika (enough of the both) on both sides of the stakes,add chopped garlic and fry them as meat till they are nicely brown.

For "Wiener Shnitzel" (stake) I put cooked salty and squized soy at first in flour, then in salty eggs, then in bread crumbs, fry them and is done.

For meat balls, I would mix together chopped fried (!)onions, pepper and red paprika with soy minced meat, I would add maybe slice or two of bread cut on small peaces, soaked in the water, and connect all with 1 fresh egg ,( instead of bread cooked rice is also a nice option)... then would make balls that I would fry... like small stakes, so after I make the balls, I would just cover them with a little bit of flour or bred crumps so they stay connected.

If I would cook soy meat balls, I would maybe add to above mentioned mixture some other spices as well: (maybe a little bit of soy sauce, or celery, or even fried peppers ?)depending on what is needed to adjust them to the sauce in which I would cook them.

It is just important to be brave enough to put more spices then for meat and adjust quantity of salt.

BTW, for the beginning, adding a little bit bacon for improving taste is also good option.

Hugs and love


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Tatjana: Thanks for the tips! I am going to give it a try. We love spices here at home, and I cook a lot with peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes, so maybe I can make it real tasty. Thanks again for sharing! I love experimenting in the kitchen, its very relaxing.

Lots of hugs and light~


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Just like all of your hubs after reading them, I'm walking away with a different way of looking at things. I'm not sure how you can constantly change the views of others in such a consistent manner but you do!

While working as the head cook at a summer camp in New Hampshire, I had to cater to three different diets among campers and counselors: Vegan, vegetarian, and of course omnivore. I had to learn proper techniques in making sure that the vegans and vegetarians weren't just eating salad three times a day. I did work a lot with tempeh and soy. I can certainly back you up with your extraordinary information and insight, Tatjana. Wonderful work as always. Thanks so much for sharing this and of course you put a lot of time and effort into it!

I hope you are well. It's great to hear from you again.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

Due to my daughters skin condition, and to my families lactose intolerence, we have opted to consume soy products in order to ensure they were getting a good supply of calcium.

I've never tried the soy formula for babies since I breastfed both of my girls, but around the ages of two I introduced them to soymilk, soycheese, and soy yogurt.

I must say, in additon to them continually receiving a clean bill of health (other then the occassional flareups in my youngest and other childhood illnesses), I have been very happy with my choice.

I think in the end, we just have to do the research and become more informed about what foods our family consumes. In addition, we need keep an eye out for any adverse affects and when in doubt, do without.

Thanks for this vital information.


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Susana S 6 years ago

Hi Tatjana - very informative article about soy - well done! I was interested in reading it because my youngest daughter has been eating and drinking large amounts of soy since she was about 6 months old due to a dairy intolerance. I'd heard some of the negative press that soy has got recently and wondered how true they were. You've put my mind at rest - thanks :)


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I am glad you put all these negativities into the right perspective. Thank you for a well reached and interesting hub.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Tatjana-Mihaela, Great Article, I'm a born vegan who eats soy but rarely. I'm amazed at the fear people have. People are creatures of habit. I'd like to add that I agree with your position and having never been a meat eater enjoy far better health than my peers. I look, feel and act years younger than them. Raw foods are amazing and I'd like for you to explore the benefits of raw nuts. Raw nuts are the main source of protein in my diet. The benefits and great taste of raw are a HUGE postive in life! I look forward to reading more of your work. Thanks SO much for your positive and honest hubs. Your impressive. Peace :)Katie


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

another great article! I started eating soy and drinking soy milk about 7 years ago. I stopped drinking dairy products from cows, eat yogurt made with soy and have cut down drastically on meat products except some white meat organically fed. Whenever the 'big boys' get involved and they're in for taking a profit loss, it becomes political.

I always feel better when I've not eaten too much meat and can tell the difference when I do. actually some of the soy meat is very good. thanks for sharing some good info. :]


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Incredible hub! Well now- you need to read my "Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego-Soul Food" hub. Did the religious connotation keep you away?

This is excellent. Thank you very, very much.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

I am fascinated by your article. I do not know the importance of soy so much. I shall start to take soy a fresh in my diet even though I might find difficulty in its preparation. Thanks for sharing.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks Mary I know you will cook excellent meals!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you so much Dohn, your comment always give me a lot of positive energy!

I have been very busy and afterwards I needed 1 week rest so now I am happy to be back!

It is not easy to be vegetarian - once I visited some members of my family who almost killed me with mushrooms (champignons) - in every meal, for 7 days, hehe!

It is good to know that you are excellent cook,bravo !

Thank you for your visit and beautiful encouraging comment.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you so much Veronica Allen, for your so valuable comment, based on your experience and experience with your children.

I am glad that you can witthness that soy can be of highes benefit for the health of children !


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

I am glad I helped you Susana S !

You can normally feed your daughter with soy milk,there will be no problems, just benefits.

Almond milk and oat milk can be added on days when baby needs a little bit of change. (they are not so good as soy milk, but they have their great nutritional properties as well).

Thank you for the visit and comment.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you so much, Hello, Hello I appreciate your comment very much.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi Katie, I often think how good would be for me that I was born vegeterian/vegan. I am glad that you witness all the best for that option.

Thank you, your comment is of the highest value for this Hub.

Peace and love.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Rebekah, when we talk about taste of soy the secret is in right amount of spices and right amount of salt (soy always require more salt and more spices then meat).

I am so glad that you improved your health with changes in the way of eating.

Many thanks for your comment.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi Mickey, will check your Hub immediately.

Religious conotation is always fine with me...

Thank you for your visit and comment.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi HPR, it is not difficult to prepare soy: if you cook beans, you prepare them as any other beans (spices etc).

If you choose another products (as soy meat), check my answer on Violet Sun comment above...there are some tips. Maybe I will write one Hub about that topic...(if I will have time).

Thank you so much for the visit and comment.


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stricktlydating 6 years ago from Australia

I'm too scared to eat any type of Soy products.

My Gyno told me even a small amounts of Soy interefere with a womans hormones and affects her fertility. Did you find any information on this?


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Well, strictlydating your Gino is just not well informed.

Fertility CAN be improved by eating soy, because isoflavones in soy positevely influence all hormonal levels. Soy is wonderfull for woman`s health... and fertility.

There is a lot of negative propaganda that speaks nonsense, because soy is dangerous for meat and milk industry because is better and healthier then any of their products.

As a healer I can tell you that PCOS and endometriosis (big causes of infertility) are directly caused by meat and diary products intake, so in order to heal them, woman needs to avoid them to restore fertility.

All women who are on soy, are usually normaly fertile.

No need to be afraid, soy cannot do you any harm.

Thank you for visit and comment.


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stricktlydating 6 years ago from Australia

Thankyou for answering my question! Best wishes!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

You are very welcome SD. Wishing you all the best as well.


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LadySeren 6 years ago from UK

A very informative hub Tatjana. I've never been a big soy eater, despite being veggie for many years. Somehow, I've never got the knack of cooking with it! I'll try some of your tips.

But what you have clearly stated throughout is the important message - phytoestrogen is a plant hormone, not human or animal. There have been many studies that have shown that these plant products may help prevent cancers and have many health benefits.

I set down a challenge for anyone to find a single recent research paper (not an article or news story) that actually backs up that soy is actually harmful.


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tim-tim 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

Very imformative! I never tried soy meat. Wonder how it tastes like? Thanks for sharing your opinion on soy.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

I have been eating soy in the form of soy chaps since 15 years now and I know the many health benefits it has. Soy is a wonderful vegetarian delight and any non-vegetarian who wants to turn into a vegetarian can try soy.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you so much, Lady Seren for your wise comment. I could not agree more with your idea about challenge...


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quicksand 6 years ago

It has been said that soy's real value is because of the presence of phyto nutrients and the fact that soy is a good substitute for proteins present in meat. The anti-soy propaganda is real amusing isn't it? ... especially after underlining the fact that soy contains substances which have anti-oxidant properties.

Thanks for the article, Tanja. Cheers!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

Very well researched and truly informative! I give my children soy milk often, so was really interested in this. But you've convinced me into adding this to my own diet too! Great hub....wishing you much health and happiness... :)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much tim-tim.

To me, soy meat has great taste, but it requires additional spicing up.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, Sony for the visit and comment. I am so glad you like soy.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much for the comment, QS. Anti-soy propaganda is so stupid, but people do not have time for their own research so many of them belive in it. So sad.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

I am so glad that I inspired you to eat soy as well, myownworld, you will soon enjoy the benefits of better health...and even better mood.

Thank you for visit and comment, wish you also all the best!


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GojiJuiceGoodness 6 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

We thought my Mom was violently allergic to soy for years, but then recently we got a high quality source & she didn't have any reactions. Therefore, I am wondering if it has more to do with the brand than anything else?


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

...It has to do with pesticides and herbicides - obviously now you have chosen the soy that is organically rised, so your Mom can enjoy.

Thank you very much, for the visit and comment, GJG.


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Tuesday75 6 years ago from Omaha, NE

I've been a vegetarian for years. In my studies at school, I've learned that soy is great for you. I love it. You did a great job explaining the benefits of soy.

I have no idea where all the negative ideas about soy come from. It's very sad indeed.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I gained a lot of information on soy.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Sandyspider.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

Great hub, very informative and well written. Great job! :)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you so much, Wrenfrost.


Kristana Ronti 4 years ago

There are different kinds of soy which are healthy and some of them are not, fermented soy like miso, tempeh and soy sauce are goo but those unprocessed soy like soy milk are dangerous according to what I read at www.mercola.com/Downloads/bonus/dangers-of-soy/report.aspx and that's why I'm always careful choosing one.

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