In my late teens, I was vegan. I didn't know what I was doing, and ended up doing lasting damage to my body. Now, I'm 30, and flirting with the idea again. But my main hesitation is around the amount of soy used in vegan "meats" and other substitutes. Soy is an estrogen disrupter, which creates a cascade of health concerns. The reason I can not commit to a vegan diet is the dangers involved with soy consumption; does anyone consider the health threats from soy intake?
absolutely and that's why i don't consume very much of it. i don't eat any processed soy (textured vegetable protein) i don't do veggie burgers or meats. i have found a great veggie burger that's soy free. i think it's amy's california style. i don't do soy cheese (daiya is a much better replacement). i substitute rice milk in all the recipes. it's not hard to avoid or only have as a treat and even then i'll do tempeh or something fermented. hope that helps.
Acumindy - if you are going to follow a vegan diet - you don't have to use soy. I think so many people are so worried about where they will get protein from, that they forget that it can be found in everything we eat - and the need for a huge protein punch from soy at every meal is really not necessary. Most of the stuff you will buy in stores is high in sodium anyway - other than tofu and tempeh. You're better off eating whole grains and trying to get as many veggies in as you can than focusing on meat replacements anyway. Beans eating with meals will also add protein.
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