Soybeans are unique among legumes because they contain high levels of isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen (plant estrogen). These compounds can bind to human estrogen receptor sites, but they are generally much weaker in their activity and more selective than human estrogens in the receptors they bind to. Plus, the type of estrogen receptor they bind to determines whether the isoflavones have weak estogen -like effects or anti estrogen effects.
Soy intake has been associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer And reduced prostate cancer cell growth. Recent research suggests that in reproductive cells, such as breast and uterus tissue, isoflavones act more like antiestrogens, while in bone-forming cells they behave as weak estrogens, in both cases with beneficial effects. The evidence to date suggests that lifetime soy consumption may actually help protect against breast cancer and improve breast cancer prognosis.
The weight of evidence suggests that soy is protective against breast cancer, breast cancer recurrence, and death due to breast cancer, although some studies suggest that it doesn’t affect risk either way. The strongest evidence exists for moderate intake (about 2 servings per day) of traditional soy foods, such as tofu and soy milk.
*information from “Becoming Vegan”by Brenda Davis, RD & Vesanto Melina, MS, RD
A study from McGill University has found that soy is the most nutritious plant-based milk-when compared to almond,coconut, and rice-pointing to its high levels of phytonutrients and anti-carcinogenic properties:
Protein (soy-8 g;almond-1 g;coconut-0 g;rice-1 g)
Calcium (soy-330 mg;almond-330 mg;coconut-220 mg;rice-145 mg)
Started in Indonesia, they developed and introduced a fermentation technique to the tofu-marking process that resulted in something totally different, texture and flavour wise. Tempeh is made with soybeans alone or in combination with other beans or grains. In a procedure similar to that of making blue cheese, a special mold is injected into the soybean mixture and left to ferment. The mold binds the mixture together, and the result is a thick slab with veins running through it. The veins are mostly white but sometimes you’ll see gray, brown, and black veins too.
Tempeh is 40% protein, more than tofu and contains all 8 essential amino acids, calcium and these fabulous probiotics!
Clearly, this is one of our favourite vegan foods - so healthy and so versatile. But the biggest obstacle for most people is that they aren’t sure how to cook with it. Check out our Pinterest board dedicated to Tempeh recipes!
Natto takes a bit of an acquired taste, but that funky feel and smell are totally worth getting used to! This Japanese dish of fermented soybeans is unique in that it is the highest dietary source of vitamin K2, important for cardiovascular and bone health as well as promoting skin elasticity to help prevent wrinkles.
On top of all this, natto is an amazing source of gut healing probiotics.
Everyone has their own preferred manner of eating this. We recommend that you start with a small amount in either a salad, tossed in some steamed greens, etc. As you acquire the taste, you will find your own favourite.
Everything humans need for good health is found in plants - protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals. Think about it - we feed plants to animals, these nutrients are processed through anther body and then we try to get them from their corpse. Why not get it straight from the plant and avoid all that? The only thing you can get from meat that you can’t get from plants is cholesterol and artery clogging fats - AKA heart disease, cancer and diabetes!
There is SO much information & facts available proving that the meat & dairy industry have been providing a lot of false information about health & nutrition.
Genesis 1:25 - 26
The use of the word “dominion” was a mistranslation. The accurate translation is “responsibility and stewardship’. If you look up the definition of “dominion” it simply means to govern or rule. Yet many people use this to justify their exploitation of animals and abuse God’s creation instead of caring for it. What king of Governor would enslave and kill those in their charge? Hardly someone you would entrust to “govern”!
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.Pretty clear statement from God what he intended for us to eat.
the 10 commandments - “thou shalt not kill” - pretty straight forward, where does it specify only humans?
God is the giver of life & love in ALL animals, man does not have the right to take God’s gift away from them. One gift of life is not greater than another - so while Christians will value human life, a dog’s life, a cat’s life they ignore that gift of life in other animals for their own misuse.
A Christian’s mandate is COMPASSION, yet many completely ignore that when it doesn’t serve their desires. Animal meat is not a necessity to health or life, this has been proven for years and years, so the only reason someone would be part of slavery, torture and death is self serving.
Latin: anima - meaning soul
Animal is derived from this word, meaning they have souls too.
There are many excellent books & publications on this topic, two recommends are:
Dominion - Matthew Scully
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows - Melanie Joy, Ph.D.