When you become vegetarian, or vegan, there are a wide variety of soya-based highly processed products that support you in that transition, such as soya milk, mince, burgers, sausages, soya cheeses, ice-creams and tofu. It is easy to throw ourselves on these foods and cling to them (I did in a big way), when what we should be doing is focusing on nourishing ourselves with food. It is always important to remember that we should limit the amount of processed foods that we eat, as they are unhealthy compared to wholefoods, especially in excess. Tofu I think is a good processed food for many but it is good to focus on reducing processed foods in your diet and maxing nutritional and nurturing foods.
all soya products are highly processed.
And many are genetically modified, and should be avoided. Soya is also particularly controversial as it contains phytoestrogens, which can cause hormone imbalance if consumed too highly, and lead to possible disease. This is a grey area medically, but then what isn’t when you’re talking about the effects of food? Not much. I would listen to your body, and if you feel it may disagree with you, eliminate soya and see if your health improves. I wouldn’t overly worry about it, I think stress is more toxic than many things, but it isn’t wrong to be concerned and to look into these things.
use your common sense when researching, and eat a balanced diet rich in low-processed, wholefoods, fruit and vegetables.
And if you are a coeliac (celiac) then I would especially recommend following an elimination diet to see the effects of non-fermented soya on your health. And also cutting out sugar, corn, and non-fermented soya out of your diet, as well as gluten. See my coeliac page for more information.
Fermented soya products such as tempeh are far healthier options, for everyone. They are easier to digest and are probiotic, nourishing your body and your gut flora.
Please do share your thoughts on and experience of soya, and feel free to leave a comment or to contact me.