One thing I want to check - many vegetarian and vegan recipes use Tofu. I've heard a lot of bad things about Tofu and when googling found more:http://www.healthiertalk.com/why-tofu-wrecks-your-brain-0246http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/soy.htmhttp://www.hipforums.com/newforums/showthread.php?t=208811
If you don't want to read - the main things they mention are:
For just a brief look at what’s really going on, consider that numerous studies have found that soy products can actually:
* · Increase thyroid damage, especially in women
* · Increase the risk of breast cancer in women, brain damage in both sexes, and cause abnormalities in infants
* · Contribute to thyroid disorders, especially in women
* · Promote kidney stones
* · Weaken your immune system
* · Cause severe, potentially fatal food allergies
Despite these findings, many people still want to believe the hype, thinking that these studies must somehow be wrong. But the content of soy itself should be a clue. For example, non-fermented soy products contain:
* · Phytoestrogens (isoflavones) genistein and daidzein, which mimic and sometimes block the hormone estrogen
* · Phytates, which block your body's uptake of minerals
* · Enzyme Inhibitors, which hinder protein digestion
* · Haemaggluttin, which causes red blood cells to clump together and inhibits oxygen take-up and growth
* · High amounts of omega-6 fat, which is pro-inflammatory
One of the most disturbing ill effects of soy has to do with its phytoestrogens, which can mimic the effects of the female hormone estrogen. These phytoestrogens have been found to have adverse effects on various human tissues, and drinking just two glasses of soy milk daily for one month has enough of the chemical to alter a woman’s menstrual cycle.
The FDA regulates estrogen-containing products, however no warnings exist on soy.
What are your thoughts on this?
On one hand I'm finding people who say it's the healthiest meal option on the planet and on the other hand I find all these posts about how dangerous it is. I'm at the point where I'm nervous to try it and don't know what to believe.