The Tofu’s Connected To The…Hip Bone
Tofu has 192% more calcium than milk – milk has 120mg of calcium per 100 grams and tofu has 350mg of calcium. (https://www.soupersage.com/compare-nutrition/tofu-vs-milk)
Besides calcium content in tofu being a good reason to consume it, Tofu is necessary in many animal-free recipes for texture and protein boosts.
The soy dilemma somebody created. I wonder why?
Don’t ask, don’t tell. Do you tell your guests your ingredient lists when cooking with animals? Of course not, then why do it when cooking without animals? Everybody wants to know what’s in it. What do you think is in it? Some strange plant you never heard of? Animal freers don’t eat insects, so don’t expect any crawlers in your soup in my kitchen.
If somebody’s allergic to soy, and it isn’t just about cooling the cockles as the British might think, and your guests know you don’t eat animals, they’ll tell you in advance, because they know that soy is a protein source for many animal-freers.
I suspect that there are a lot more people with milk allergies than soy allergies and milk is in just about everything. If not milk then egg (also an allergen), and the slaughter industries have yet to confront flesh and blood allergies. I mean why when getting an organ transplant from an animal, human or not human, do the recipients need anti-rejection meds for life?
And what do you think that animal was fed, prior to slaughter that’s both in the flesh and the blood and the milk and the egg? Would you eat what other animals eat?
How about asking for a list of all the foods, chemicals, antibiotics, growth hormones, vaccines, additives and on and on that the animal on your plate ingested prior to death.
I never encountered a person with a real soy allergy, so I don’t know what the other fuss is about. I do. But it’s a position based on paranoia more than ingesting too much plant estrogen. I mean, nobody’s telling you to eat a gallon a week of any single food, are they?
There. I went ahead and spoiled my own party – all because of the fears of the soy people. Soy phobia – it’s a real annoyance. But it is real, the fear part. Ever stop to think that maybe soy is a longevity food? When your body hormones start to diminish all kinds of bad happens to your tissues – males and females. Maybe a few doses of tofu or cheese made from soy will give your hormones a slight boost by the phytoestrogens found in plants.
Fine. Bring your own salad dressing, but I’m going to be checking labels for animal products.
I suppose you have to have nut cheese too? No lasagna for you. Animal-free is as far as this chef goes. Leave your idiotic idiosyncrasies at the your own door as you leave for Sharon’s place.
Ops. Well just your luck I’m using nut cheese. Violife shredded mozzarella.
Although phobias aren’t relegated to only the soy-fearing people, phobias may well be a component of going animal-free. A person should fear eating a dead animal or anything that comes from the animal, dead or alive.
That people must be indoctrinated, coerced and force-fed an animal that was caged since birth destined for your stomach as it’s graveyard, often disguised, must tell you something about nature’s design of food for humans.
It wasn’t the animal. Why do you think plants have seeds? To keep the plants growing after all animals including the human animal (in case you forgot you are one) have had their fill and lived to eat another day.
What human could eat an animal raw? Who could catch an animal, then kill it, except using deceptive means? A plant stays put. When you go to bed at night and wake up to look out the window the next morning, the plants are still there.
When did cows begin to exist on the planet? Were they always slow-walkers? Huh? Slow-walkers and fast-talkers? Cows, chickens, pigs, lambs need fences and cages to keep them from wandering to parts unknown. Plants don’t. They stand their ground – this is your food, so EAT.
Actually, I’ve never had a vegan to dinner. I didn’t know any. I still don’t. Where are they hiding? I do however ask each guest in advance if they have allergies or foods they simple cannot and will not eat. I do aim to please. This time it’s for the hormone deficient over thirty people! Something like that. Next time there won’t be a trace of soy, just my creative way.
Humans should fear heights – they can’t fly if they fall. Humans should fear spiders, since they bite and no one knows when or if they’re poisonous. Same with snakes. Same with alligators, lions, dogs, one just never knows if they’re safe while in their presence.
Phytoestrogens appear in most plants, so it’s not just tofu you should fear is the message sent out by the slaughter industries and the governments that rely on the sale of animal goods as the base of their economies.
Animals contain estrogen, testosterone and other hormones; they run in the blood through the flesh, just like humans, so you’re ingesting hormones when you eat the flesh and blood. That’s part of what animals are made of. Same as us.
Everybody recommends vegetation with their animal meat, which also contains phytoestrogen and phytoandrogen (the plant equivalent to testosterone aka phytotestosterone).
MORE INTEL ON PHYTOESTROGENS
What are phytoestrogens? Benefits and foods
Phytoestrogens are a natural compound found in plants and plant-based foods. When eaten, they may affect a person in the same way as estrogen produced by the body.
This article explores the health benefits and risks of phytoestrogens. It also lists foods that are high in phytoestrogens.
What are phytoestrogens?
Soy foods, including soybeans, tofu, miso, and tempeh, contain phytoestrogens.
Phytoestrogens or dietary estrogens are naturally occurring compounds found in plants. Many of these plants are already part of a person’s diet.
Estrogen is a hormone released in a woman’s body that regulates her menstrual cycle. The body’s endocrine system is responsible for producing this hormone.
In adolescence, estrogen plays a role in the development of a woman’s breasts, armpit hair, and pubic hair. Up until the menopause, estrogen controls a woman’s periods.
Foods that contain phytoestrogens include:
- some grains
When a person eats plant-based foods that contain phytoestrogens, they may have a similar effect to estrogen produced by the body. For this reason, phytoestrogens are known as dietary estrogens.
There are phytoestrogen supplements, but getting these from natural food sources is a better choice.
How do phytoestrogens work?
Phytoestrogens imitate estrogen because their chemical structure is very similar to that of estrogen from the body.
When phytoestrogens enter the body, the body’s estrogen receptors treat them as if they were estrogen. Phytoestrogens are endocrine disruptors because they are chemicals that disrupt normal hormonal function.
However, phytoestrogens do not bind to estrogen receptors as firmly as estrogen produced by the body, so their effects may be weaker Trusted Source
Phytoestrogens may help to naturally manage hormone imbalances, making them beneficial for women near menopause.
Phytoestrogens may be beneficial for women looking to rebalance their hormones as they approach menopause.
During perimenopause, which is the period before a woman reaches menopause and stops menstruating, the hormone levels in her body will fluctuate and cause a variety of symptoms.
Perimenopause usually starts in a woman’s 40s and lasts until menopause. Symptoms of perimenopause include:
- hot flashes
- tender breasts
- low sex drive
- irregular periods
- mood swings
These symptoms can be unpleasant, and some women use hormone replacement therapy to help control them.
Phytoestrogens offer a natural alternative to the synthetic estrogen used in hormone replacement therapies.
Phytoestrogens also have a range of other potential benefits, including:
1. Relieving hot flashes
Phytoestrogens may help to relieve uncomfortable hot flashes. A 2014 study found that phytoestrogens reduced the frequency of hot flashes in menopausal women without any serious side effects.
2. Preventing osteoporosis
Estrogen deficiency after menopause can affect bone health and cause conditions such as osteoporosis.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help remedy this and promote bone strength, but it may have uncomfortable side effects. Phytoestrogens may be a natural alternative.
A 2011 study Trusted Source found that phytoestrogens did help to combat postmenopausal osteoporosis. However, researchers noted that there were some potential side effects.
As the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not currently regulate phytoestrogens, the study did not recommend taking them for osteoporosis.
3. Combatting menstrual issues
When a woman’s estrogen levels drop, it can affect mood and energy levels.
Some women try to eat foods rich in phytoestrogens during this time to balance their hormone levels and relieve symptoms.
More research is needed to support using phytoestrogens in this way.
4. Treating acne
When women get acne, the cause may be a rise in male hormones (androgens) in their bodies. Phytoestrogens may help to combat acne by rebalancing hormone levels.
A 2017 study partially supports this theory, but more research is needed to prove whether phytoestrogens are an effective acne treatment.
5. Fighting breast cancer
There have been some claims that phytoestrogens are beneficial for fighting hormonal cancers, such as breast cancer. A 2009 study Trusted Source found that consuming soy foods decreased the risk of death and recurrence in women with breast cancer. Soy foods are rich in phytoestrogens.
Another study in 2015 Trusted Source found that phytoestrogens inhibited the growth of breast cancer cells. However, a further 2015 study suggested the role of phytoestrogens in breast cancer survival is complex and depends on what stage of menopause a woman is in.
More research is needed to fully understand whether phytoestrogens could play a useful role in cancer prevention and treatment. Phytoestrogens are not appropriate for all types of cancer. Anyone considering taking phytoestrogens should discuss it with their doctor first.
6. Promoting heart health
Phytoestrogens may support heart health. A 2016 study Trusted Source found that phytoestrogens helped to treat a condition that affects the arteries and improve heart health in postmenopausal women.
Risks and side effects
Studies show phytoestrogens may provide similar benefits to the synthetic estrogen used in hormone replacement therapy.
However, this does not mean that they are safer than synthetic estrogen. They act in a similar way and may carry the same risks. These may include increased risk of:
- problems with reproduction
This 2010 study found that high levels of soy in a woman’s diet could affect how her ovaries’ function.
It is believed to be healthful to eat a plant-based diet, and many plant foods contain phytoestrogens.
More research is needed to fully understand how phytoestrogens work, as it is not clear whether consuming them in high levels carries any health risks. Unless a person is taking phytoestrogen supplements, it is unlikely they could consume a harmful level, however.
A person should always speak to a doctor before starting to take any new supplements, including phytoestrogen.
The following foods groups are rich in phytoestrogens:
Nuts and seeds
Sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and flaxseeds contain high levels of phytoestrogens.
The following nuts and seeds are high in phytoestrogens:
- sunflower seeds
- sesame seeds
Certain fruits are rich in phytoestrogens, including:
Certain vegetables are a good source of phytoestrogens, including:
- alfalfa sprouts
- mung beans
Soy and soy products are rich in phytoestrogens. These include:
- miso soup
- miso paste
The following herbs contain phytoestrogens:
- red clover
- licorice root
The following beverages and oils are sources of phytoestrogen:
- red wine
- olive oil
- jasmine oil
Some grains contain phytoestrogens. These include:
- wheat germ
Phytoestrogens are plant-based compounds that mimic estrogen in the body. They have been found to be beneficial in combatting symptoms and conditions caused by estrogen deficiency. This may be of particular benefit to premenopausal and post-menopausal women.
Phytoestrogens may also play a role in fighting cancer. However, much more research is needed to understand this.
The risks of consuming high levels of phytoestrogens are not yet fully understood. Their side effects are likely to be similar to those of synthetic estrogen.