Soy … oh boy!!!
Several years ago, when I was living in California, I was a vegetarian. I ate tons of vegetables, rice and pasta. I was probably 30 pounds heavier too. My reason for turning to starch and greens was mostly because I didn’t like the way I felt after I ate beef.
Living in California, amongst the granola and shots of wheat grass , also played in part in my decision making. My diet began to change when I put fish back in my diet. Chicken followed and now I’ll occasionally eat a hamburger or steak. But one thing that I grew fond of during those years was tofu and stuff like soy-based hot dogs and cheese and soy milk. I’m sure I’ve elicited several ewws, but I like the taste and it’s also low-cal.
Which leads me to the point of this post.
I had these soy patties that I gave to Zyla, my one-year-old, the other day and she loved them.
Of course, she loves chicken and pork chops too. But when you surf the Internet about giving soy products to babies, there are several warnings that it can cause reproductive or developmental harm. While there is conflicting research about the health risks of soy, I’m left wondering if I should just leave it out of her diet.
But my gut feeling is that how could tofu be unhealthy?
1998 soybean photo by Larry McCormack, via Gannett News Service