I have a history with Soyabean, good bad and ugly
When I got married in 2008 ,me and hubby both were doing our postgraduate training
Due to erratic schedules we often ended up eating late.
My favourite snack was a glass of cold milk and a cream biscuit.
Now this came to such a pass that I was having 1 litre of milk a day.Skimmed milk was not always available. Plus the packaged variety was expensive .We were poor little med students saving money for our own home.
But I was gaining weight.
This I didn’t like . Because that meant restricted eating out and no chocolates.
So I thought I will shift to soy milk.
A very popular brand had delicious chocolate flavoured variety. I loved it.
Started soy. Great right not really.
Back then I didn’t really research what I was putting in my body.Luckily my hubby was more aware.
Back then soya was the greatest high protein health food.A dream food.Cheap and high quality.
There are more source of hidden soya that you never knew.
The effect of soya the good bad and ugly has as many stories as there are stars in the sky.
The 3 main things which determine effect of soya :
Amount: Not more than 6 gram per day(1 teaspoon roughly)
Type of soya:Fermentation products are preferred
Age:Better avoid in children
The 10 truths about soyabean
# Truth 1
Soy milk is the fastest way to obesity/hypothyroidism .
When you have tasty soy milk it’s very easy to drink a lot .That way our daily soy intake is more than the amount recommended in a year.
# Truth 2
Next soya shock.
Since it’s a cheap source of first class protein.Infact it’s the only plant source of complete protein.
It’s added in many packaged food which show enhanced protein content.You have more soya in your diet than you knew
It’s present in paneer chunks(they will not tell you) and many packaged bakery products
Including instant noodles.
Soya is a known common food allergen.Food allergies never go away. They just become worse and you don’t know why.
But What’s soya bean actually?
The bean of soya is used to make soya oil,tofu,soya lecithin(added in baby food),soya milk.That’s the bad part of soya.
The soya that you eat is byproduct of soya oil and was initially used strictly as animal feed.chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, and even fish.
The soya bean plant due to its high quality nitrogen was used to improve soil quality during rotation of crops.
In Asian countries it has been used for centuries but mostly as a fermented products. Soya sauce,miso, tempeh.
But even in China, Japan they don’t have more than 8 gram of soya product per day.
What soya has?
Phytates and other antinutrients(nutrient blockers)
The Good of soya
- Cheap high quality protein source
- May help in improving bone health in postmenopausal women(controversial).
- May be protective against breast cancer and prostate cancer
- Helps with certain menopausal problems
The Bad and the ugly of soya.
- Soya has certain nutrient blockers.
These are compounds which prevents your body from utilising certain nutrients present in soya and other food
- Enzyme inhibitors
- Phytates :These compounds are present in most beans and pulses.They form insoluble complexes with calcium iron zinc ,iodine and prevents their absorption
in the body
Soya has the highest Phytates among most grains and pulses.
It does not breakdown with soaking or slow cooking(The way we remove Phytates from pulses)
The only way to break it down is Fermentation.
Soya milk ,nuggets, dust thus have high Phytate levels.
The raw soya product is horrible to taste and smell.They add artificial flavorings, preservatives, sweeteners, emulsifiers and synthetic nutrients.The
cattle feed makes a tasty meat substitute for us.
Just imagine.Does t it make you want to take out every bit of soya from your kitchen.I did.
My kitchen is a Free zone.
Free from soya nuggets,chunks,soya dust or soya milk.Even those promoted by celebs.
But soya sauce,miso tempeh has much less problems
Tofu is in between these two as it is formed by a separate process.
So yes ,you can still have these but in moderation.
Soya protein isolates need:
- Acid wash
- Alkaline baths
The journey to isolate the soya protein makes it impossible to digest.
It can get rid of many but not all the antinutrients.
Imagine what’s going into your body as soya nuggets and soya chap!
In a diet where soya is the main protein source,FDA suggests fortification
with extra methionine, lysine, vitamins, and minerals
.So does that make this a good option?