Tofu also known as bean curd is a food that is obtained by coagulation of soy milk and pressing the resulting curds into white blocks. Although there are many different types of tofu products, there are two major categories: fresh tofu (produced from soy milk) and processed tofu (produced from fresh tofu).
Many people in America, over the last few years, replaced meat and eggs with tofu, as they are convinced that it will improve their diet. Still, it turns out that tofu is not healthy replacement for grass – fed meat, organic eggs or any raw dairy products.
HEALTH ISSUES THAT MAY BE CAUSED BY SOY PRODUCTS:
Weight gain, malaise, fatigue, hair loss, and loss of libido
Developmental problems in babies, children, and adolescents
Additionally, there are scientific studies that have proven that soy raises the homocysteine levels at many people. It comes to non – protein acid which increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and birth defects.
It is important to mention that babies and children are especially susceptible to soy`s hormone – mimicking effects. Namely, the Lancet study showed that daily exposure to estrogen – imitating chemicals for infants who consume soy formulas was up to 6 -11 times higher when compared to adults who eat soy foods. Better said, the infants that are fed with an average amount of soy formula receive estrogenic equivalent of 5 birth control pills (based on body weight). Although this decision is up to you as a parent, it is highly recommended to avoid feeding your children with soy infant formula or other soy foods.
ADDITIONAL (SCARY) FACTS ABOUT SOYBEANS
Soybeans are full of natural toxins – antinutrients, but also with large amount of inhibitors that deter enzymes needed for digestion of proteins. The result of this is gastric disease and chronic amino acids deficiencies.
Soybeans contain hemagglutinins, that causes red blood cells to clump together.
Goitrogens is another component of soy that can cause decreased thyroid function.
Even more shocking is that more than 80% of soybeans are genetically modified and contain the highest levels of pesticide contamination of all foods.
IS THERE A SAFE TYPE OF SOY?
There are several healthy types of soy, all of which are fermented. We recommend you to consider the following options:
Tempeh – traditional Indonesian soy product. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form. It is great that it contains many vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B2, B3 and B6, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, calcium and manganese.
Natto – traditional Japanese food made from soybeans that are fermented with Bacillus subtilis. It is abundant in nattokinase, a very good blood thinner. It also contains vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, iron and dietary fiber.
Miso – traditional Japanese seasoning that is obtained from fermented soybeans with salt and the fungus Aspergillus oryzae. It contains vitamins B2, B6, and K and it is also rich in sodium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and iron.
Keep in mind that all processed soy products, including soy milk, soy burgers, soy cheese, soy energy bars, soy ice cream, soy protein powders are not health foods.