Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Healthy Eating - Soy in your Cupboard

Makeup of Soybeans

Soy is a bean that originated from Asia and has made it's way to farms in the United States. A fact that is not alarming is that 90% of all soybeans grown in the United States are GMO (genetically modified organism).

The soybeans that are grown are generally processed into soybean oil and the excess soybeans are fed to cattle in feedlots. With this being said human consumption of raw soybeans is poisonous.

Why is Soy in so many Food Products?

Soy is one of the cheapest crops in the United States so food manufacturers use it in processing food in order to save some money. Soy is used as a food emulsifier. Meaning it keeps oils and water from separating in processed foods, helps bread dough rise better and keeps those cookies and breakfast bars moist. Hence the word "Gluten" because it glues ingredients together.

What Products have Soy?

First, soy is not only found in most manufactured foods it can be found in inhalers and other medications. Bet you didn't know that.

Tuna and Salmon in Cans and Packets - The fish is poached in "vegetable stock" which contains soy.

  • Breakfast Bars
  • Cereals
  • Bread
  • Breaded Frozen Foods
  • Breadcrumbs - this is why it is best to make your own
  • Powdered Milk
  • Crackers
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Mayonnaise
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Steak Sauce
  • Non-Dairy Creamers
  • Peanut Butter - this is why it is best to make your own
  • Beer
  • Yogurt (some yogurt not all)
  • Baby Foods and Formula
  • Broth (Canned and Boxed)
  • Chocolate
  • Rice Mixes
Soy Why go Gluten Free

Over 21% of Americans are turning to a soy (gluten free) diet due to health issues associated with soy. However, not all people are affected by adverse reactions to soy. 

Gluten can be a cause for migraines, Celiac Disease, some digestive cancers, harms the immune system in some people, causes tiredness and muscle weakness and even anemia, just to name a few medical issues.

Read Labels

Learn to read your food labels if you have a sensitivity to Soy. You just never know where it will be hiding. 

Eat Healthy, Healthy Living

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