I have always been an omnivore, eating pretty much anything that comes along with some preferences and some dislikes. I am married to a vegetarian who’s transitioning to vegan. And I grew up in Germany with a quite different diet than what I have now in New Zealand. So I have seen quite a lot of food in my life, even have eaten things that most people in New Zealand probably would never eat.
My move to New Zealand has seen some interesting food realted issues popping up. I noticed that suddenly I was not good with the usual quantities of milk any more, so first reduced consumption and then stopped it altogether. It would bloat and give me a tummy ache. I later learnt that this may be an issue with A1 vs A2 milk, the latter apparently more common – or exclusively – in Europe. I have not done resaerch into it, I just avoid milk for this and other reasons.
Bread was soon put onto the restricted food list as well. I grew up with a sourdough rye bread while in New Zealand the vast majority of bread is white yeast. Caused pretty much the same issues as the cow milk. Background to this may well be because a sourdough is already fermented and kindof pre-digested. Again, not going into the details here.
So much for the introduction.
Being married to a vegetarian and not cooking extra at home, the family tend to eat vegetarian – with lots of soy products. So this post is more of a collection of thoughts around soy products. And yet again there’s confusing information out there. The general perception is that soy is good for you: Non-animal, vegan, high in protein, etc.
But then you do a bit of research and googling and find quite contradicting information as well. The following are some quotes.
Monocultures have never been good in any instance, neither in plant production nor animal farming. Deforestation has been a major concern for other types of productions like plam oil and palm kernel.
Where do the soy beans go?
When we look at global production, maybe we need to look at where the soy goes.
Is soy good for us?
So even if we put aside that 80% goes into animals, are soy products good for you?
And the opinions vary.
Does the type of soy matter?
So, still confused? So am I.
Guess the key takeaway is: Avoid any processed food. The more processed, the less likely it is probably for your body and the more likely it is to contain traces of the production agents. And of couse: buy organic and avoid the things like pesticides and herbicides.