Since the proliferation of soy foods in our supermarkets in the past few years there have been claims that soy is both the best food we can eat for optimal health and also the worst. So who is to be believed when it comes to the value of soy in our diets? Much of the information out there on soy is extremely bias one way or the other, either coming from the meat and dairy industries who want people to eat more meat and less soy or coming from soy food manufacturers, such as Silk, who want you to drink more of their product and less cow's milk. All of the conflicting information can be confusing, but here are some key points that should help you make sense of it all. Additionally, we'll review why organic soy is the clear choice when choosing soy foods as part of a balanced, plant-based diet.
Let's start with the things we know about soy that are negatives to consuming it on a regular basis:
Here are some reasons why you should consider adding soy to your diet:
Eating organic soy foods provides you with soy that is free from toxic chemicals and organic soy is also less likely to contain GMO (genetically modified organism) soy beans, which can be leached of their essential nutrients. Additionally, eating organic soy foods is essential to establishing sustainable eating habits. While soy is a great addition to your diet, you should strive to eat minimally processed soy foods, because just as with any other food, when overly processed, soy becomes less nutritious and can lead to other health and weight issues.
While eating organic usually means you are more conscious of eating less processed foods, there are organic soy foods that are still very processed, so be sure to always read the labels of foods you are buying and eating. Eating organic soy foods can be a great addition to your diet and and can provide you with cancer-reducing nutrients and can be a great meat replacement when you start your plant-based, vegan diet or for Meatless Mondays.