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Oy, I’m confused about soy

October 3rd, 2013

Soy much confusion, so little time. In today’s blog, we sort out the fact and fiction about soy foods. Are they flooding us with estrogen? Or can you get health benefits from eating protein-packed tofu and tempeh? (Hint: The news is mostly good, but the devil’s in the details.)

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The top 9 soy milk and tofu brands

January 21st, 2011

People who depend on soy milk, tofu and veggie burgers as staples of their vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diets get good news nearly every day about the healthful benefits of eating a low-fat diet that’s rich in plant foods and antioxidants.

Now here’s the bad news: If you don’t know where and how all those soybeans are grown and processed, you could be eating a lower quality product that relies on cheap imported food, contains genetically modified (GM or GMO) soybeans and is not certified Organic.

Yes, its true, just as you need to know where your meat, produce and dairy comes from — you need to run a background check on your soy products. The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin advocacy for small farmers, coops and organic and better quality foods, can help.

In 2009, Cornucopia rated tofu and other soy-based foods, giving the highest marks to those that are owned by families or farmers; buy mostly or exclusively organic soybeans; produce a high percentage of products that are certified Organic; buy mainly or exclusively non-GMO soybeans; buy North American-grown soybeans (or grow their own).

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A no-Turkey Thanksgiving, no kidding

November 15th, 2010

Our friends in vegan-land issue a call every year about this time asking people to consider celebrating the holidays without eating animals.

(For those of you already looking for turkey substitutes and other veggie friendly recipes, you can jump off right now to Gentle Thanksgiving, where they’ve got a recipe for juicy, tofu-based stuffed Not-A-Turkey.)

We recognize that some people might find this call to action needless, strange, even an affront to their position atop the food chain. That is certainly understandable considering that the Thanksgiving turkey and the Christmas ham (or brisket or pork loin roast) are a big part of the American holidays. Other events that fall around this time, like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, also have their meat components, kosher or otherwise. Having meat is usually part of the repast.

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