Despite what we read, soy is not the miracle health food it is claimed to be.
Rather it is SUPER cheap to produce and the profit margins are HIGH.
SO why not tell everyone to drink, eat and be merry with fake milk, fake meat and fake energy bars?
Soy is a relatively new food, which is probably why it is one of the top allergenic foods, coming closely behind, gluten, dairy and corn. Soy, like grains, also contains phytates. These are chemicals which bind to important minerals so you can end up short on zinc, iron and other nutrients if you eat them all the time.
And if you don’ think you eat soy all the time…then have a look at
99% of prepackaged food and there will be a soy ingredient in their to fill it out.
These GMO sources of Soy are often processed in aluminum casks that leach aluminum into the final product. Little wonder then, when I first had my hair mineral analysis read, my aluminum (among other things) was off the scale. I can hypothesise this is in part due to a teenage diet comprised of ‘healthy’ prepackaged crackers, bars, milk and crap chocolate.
Of course, when prepared properly and eaten every so often, not everyday, soy foods such as miso and tempeh are perfectly fine. However, if they become your go to sources of protein, than I would start to worry about
a) the lack of variety in your diet
b) your hormonal profile (as an endocrine disruptor, soy can and does wreak havoc on your hormones)
In the interests of the vegetarian friends I have, I have decided to whip up a ‘veggie burger’ devoid of the usual soy fillers, weird numbers and suspect ingredients. They are super yummy, super simple and quite fun to make – if I do say so myself.
Cashew Burgers with the lot
1/3 cup buckwheat soaked overnight in 1tsp of Celtic Sea Salt and filtered water
1.5 cups cashews
2 tbs coconut flour
½ red onion – cut into chunks
2 cloves garlic
1 cup of flat parsley (or your favourite herb)
2 tbs macadamia oil
- Drain the buckwheat of its water. Rinse the buckwheat to remove all starch.
- Add buckwheat to a small pot, filled with 2/3 cup boiling water. Bring to boil and let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove and fluff with a fork.
- Combine all ingredients except for oil into food processor.
- Form into patties and refrigerate for an hour to firm up. ( If you are in a hurry, skip this step)
- Remove from the fridge and heat oil over a medium heat.
- Add a few of your patties and seal them to cook. Say 2 minutes a side. Do this in batches to ensure that each patty has the care and attention it deserves.
Et voila! Meatless, soyless, processed foodless vegetarian patties, for my veggo friends.