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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (
Subject:         Soy
Date: January 9, 2008 at 6:07 am PST

In Reply to: Soy/Seitan posted by Kim on January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm:

Also, in regard to soy consumption, my general thoughts are..

1) I am concerned about any one food, such as soy, that has achieved such a exalted status in the food supply. Regardless of whether it is Milk, Salmon, Eggs or Soy, it is a concern. A healthy diet is based on consuming a wide variety of foods and a wide variety of foods within food groups. Focusing your intake on any one food and/or any one variety of food and allowing it to take a prominent role is, IMHO, not a good thing. I have always been saddened by the role of soy in the diet, especially in vegetarian diets and for 30 years, have never been a fan of it.

2) if someone was to consume soy, I would recommend they avoid the highly processed form of soy and soy products including soy pills, powders, chips, cookies bars, meat substitutes, burgers, supplements etc etc etc etc, and instead focus on the least processed forms including edamame, tofu, tempeh, plain soy milk, etc

3) I would also recommend they limit their intake to no more than a serving or two of these foods at most per day. Even better would be no more 3-4x times per week.

4) For many of the benefits without the controversies, I would recommend the inclusion of 1-3 servings of other varieties of beans a day.

I hope this helps
In health

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