Why should I never eat tofu?
Nevertheless, a vitamin B12 deficiency was not found in them more often than is the case in western nations, where many animal products and thus a lot of vitamin B12 are consumed (but rarely live to be 100 years old).
The researchers concluded that there must be vitamin B12 sources in Korean cuisine that are not yet known and suspect that it could be fermented soy products (Doenjang other Chunggukjang) as well as algae. The latter is also repeatedly accused of only containing analogues.
Thus, neither fermented soy products nor algae could prevent the centenarians examined from turning 100, which would have been difficult with a vitamin B12 deficiency.
20. Vitamin D is lacking in soy
Claim: Soy does not contain vitamin D, which is needed for normal growth and strong bones.
ZDG: Soy can cause a lack of calcium and vitamin D, both of which are needed for healthy bones, some anti-soy sites say.
Maybe this is the study you're referring to? It dates from 1946 and is definitely not relevant, since it was carried out with no less than two participants.
This again lists phytic acid as an anti-nutritional substance (which inhibits the absorption of vital substances). However, as we have already seen under 10, phytic acid cannot inhibit calcium absorption to such an extent that it could lead to calcium supply problems, let alone weak bones.
As far as vitamin D is concerned, soy products - like most plant-based foods - are naturally free of vitamin D (exception: mushrooms). Soy critics believe that simply not eating - we quote - "seafood, lard and offal" suffers a vitamin D deficiency. Because only these are the ones that protect against osteoporosis in Asian countries.
Well, according to this table, pork lard provides exactly 0 µg of vitamin D. This is not just any table, but the values of the federal food key, which are always used as reference values for scientific studies. The US authorities do not find any value at all.
Even fresh beef liver provides only 1 µg of vitamin D per 100 g. Calf's liver is even less. The requirement is at least 5 µg (officially). So even with the foods recommended by soy critics, it is not very easy to meet the vitamin D requirement through diet.
However, vitamin D does not have to be taken in with the diet. Food is generally low in vitamin D. Therefore, the body forms the vitamin D quantities it needs best and fastest when it is exposed to the sun. And in the cold season with little sunshine, it is better to use correctly dosed vitamin D supplements than liver sausage, the vitamin D content of which has to be advised and is only minimal anyway.
Apart from that, we had already shown under 9 and 10 that soy products do not pose a risk of osteoporosis.
21. The soybean does not contain any cholesterol
Claim: Soy does not contain cholesterol and is therefore a very bad food because cholesterol is essential for life.
ZDG: Even properties that are said to be beneficial in other foods are suddenly considered terribly unhealthy when combined with the evil soybean. Like all other plant-based foods, soy products are cholesterol-free. But cholesterol - according to the soy opponents - is necessary for the development of the brain and nervous system.
There is hardly any other argument that makes it clearer who is behind it than this: The Weston A. Price Foundation, which wants all of us - and especially children - to drink as much cow's milk as possible and prefer to eat butter, meat, bone broth and offal . It is understandable that in this case you have to love cholesterol.
It is possible that the news that has been known since at least the 1960s that cholesterol can be produced by the body itself and is therefore not considered essential has not yet reached the leaders and supporters of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Yes, cholesterol cannot even cross the blood-brain barrier, so the brain has to completely synthesize the amount of cholesterol it needs, which it can do without any problems. So you can eat as many offal as you want, the brain certainly does not benefit from the cholesterol it contains because it cannot get into the brain.
22. Soy increases the risk of prostate cancer
Claim: On a Paleo website under the title "The Soy Lie" it is written: "In men, the risk of prostate cancer increases with high soy consumption." A meta-analysis from 2009 is cited as evidence for this statement (58).
ZDG: In this meta-analysis it says:
The results of this meta-analysis indicate that the consumption of soy products plays a protective role in relation to prostate cancer. It is possibly the weak, estrogen-like effects of isoflavones that can help prevent prostate cancer. Our results should be reviewed in future studies.
In 2018 appeared in Nutrients then another meta-analysis on this topic (59). In the corresponding summary one reads:
This meta-analysis is a comprehensive and updated analysis showing that soy foods and their isoflavones (genistein and daidzein) are associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. Thirty studies were analyzed. Consumption of unfermented soy products resulted in a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The consumption of fermented soy products showed no such correlation.
23. Soy has a bad ecological balance
Claim: Soy products are laboriously processed and a lot of energy is required to finally turn them into soy milk or soy sausages. The ecological balance of soy products is therefore bad.
ZDG: Taifun's Tofu Viennese, for example, have a CO2-Balance of 0.79 kilograms of CO2 per kilogram of tofu wiener (ex works) (56). On the other hand, 13.3 kilos of CO are converted per kilogram of beef2 released. There is 0.75 kg of CO per kilogram of mixed bread2, per kilogram of apples 0.5 kilograms of CO2 and 0.2 kg of CO per kilogram of tomatoes2 (57). So the ecological balance of soy products is by no means bad. In fact, it's very good - especially when you consider how nutritious it is.
The power-hungry soy industry
It is interesting that in connection with the "commercial profit-oriented propaganda for soy" of "lies and deceit, of power and greed, corruption and opportunism in business and science" as well as of a "refined, perfidious and unscrupulous marketing strategy the gigantic US food industry "is the talk of the town.
Of course, it cannot be denied that the soybean industry is also thinking of profit - just like any other industry, e. B. the meat and dairy industry, which also acts much more aggressively in public. Because how often do you see advertisements for tofu & co? And how often do you see advertisements for yogurt, sour milk, sausage, etc.?
In addition, factory farming in particular can be described as perfidious and unscrupulous, in which millions of animals stand tightly lined up under the most unworthy circumstances, are fed with GM soy and GM maize and after a few months are carted through half (or all of) Europe to end up on the plate for meat, sausage and ham. A condition that, hopefully not for long, will cause our posterity to shake their heads in disbelief at the cruelty, insensitivity and thoughtlessness of their ancestors - their ancestors, who preferred to grumble and - as we have shown above - completely unnecessarily pounce on the soybean instead to dedicate oneself to the abolition of a torture called meat and milk production.
Soy is - if it is eaten in the form of wholesome soy food and not in excess - neither harmful to health nor carcinogenic. Soy does not make you sterile, and foods made from soy are difficult to digest. Likewise, the low soy content of a plant-based diet does not destroy the environment. On the contrary.
And that is exactly what is at the end of the 450-page anti-soy tome by Kaayla T. Daniel: "Old-fashioned whole-food soy foods that are quite health-promoting when consumed in moderation had to give way to substitute products that inevitably lead to malnutrition and disease. " (By "substitute products" she means protein isolates, soy baby food, soy flour, soy oil and preparations with isolated isoflavones - ZDG editors note).
So a monster work is written, only to admit in the end that moderate amounts of tofu & Co. are okay, even healthy. Did one of the soy haters read the book to the end?
Healthy Soy Consumption - What To Look For
Here we summarize again what to look out for when consuming soy foods:
- As with any food, when buying soy products, you should use natural products from high-quality manufacturers, such as: B. on tofu, soy milk, soy yoghurt, soy cream cheese, etc. from Soyana.
- Of course you choose soy products in organic quality - ideally made from German or Austrian soybeans.
- Of course, you don't eat exclusively soy products, so you don't drink gallons of soy milk every day and you don't eat a pound of tofu a day. Instead, 100 g of tofu and z. B. 200 ml soy milk for an adult is no problem.
- Soy is not a baby food. Infants should therefore not be fed soy baby food.
- Soy products such as soy protein isolates and textured soy (e.g. soy slices, soy granules) are usually not recommended.
- Food supplements with highly concentrated and isolated soy isoflavones are not recommended.
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