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There’s among many reasons why someone chooses not to fast. Some are practical and logical, but some can be rather closed-minded. Calling most vegan food bland to worrying about getting enough protein and being afraid to eat soy without no real explanation are three examples of a closed-minded response. I wish everyone a fruitful and peaceful fast. My goal with Crumbs is to help you become more open to trying new and affordable ways to enjoy your meals together and to debunk those myths.
I’m not going to tell you to stock up on soy. I eat it moderately, but I’m not afraid of it. I am going to debunk the popular soy myth and challenge you to remain more open about the fast this year.
Soy is a major form of nondairy protein. It is a complete protein that contains all eight essential amino acids. Soy are rich in isoflavones, which may also reduce the risk of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Isoflavones may also reduce the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Isoflavones are not the same as estrogen, as isoflavones have estrogen like effects because isoflavones have a similar chemical structure to estrogen, but isoflavones almost often produce very different effects.
But still soy gains a bad rap. A lot of the blame comes from the WAPF or the Weston Price Foundation that helped launch countless claims to instill fear tactics and confusion. Science isn’t all bad. And neither is all soy bad. In order to endure some of the myths of soy you hear, you would have to literally be gorging yourself on processed soy every day. And even then, the studies have been scant.
It seems all fine and good, but wait.
Another theory for how the soy controversy cropped up is soy production.. Most of us know that Asian countries produce and eat a lot of soy like edamame beans, tempeh, tofu, soy sauce and miso so surely that claim mentioning women can get breast cancer from eating soy would be higher in Asia, right? Wrong. Asia actually has reduced rates of breast cancer. This is because the soy they produce is fermented unlike over here in the U.S. where we unfortunately have processed GMO soy and organic, fermented soy. You will want to look for organic, fermented soy products.
Can I eat Soy?
In this day in age, soy milk isn’t the only option for plant milk on the market. From rice to coconut (my personal favorite) to almond and cashew, there’s many options to your liking and preference. Regardless if you give soy another try or prefer something else, that’s your choice. But choosing fermented soy products will not harm you in moderation. Choose fermented soy and enjoy it in moderation and in conjunction with whole foods – fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, seeds and a moderate amount of whole grains and oil.