Soy foods and soy protein myths explained

soybeanWhen I used to work at the juice bar in Hollywood, girls (for the most part) would come into the store asking about being vegetarian or vegan. I remember one story in particular confessed by a naive customer . She had recently "gone vegan" and she began replacing almost all her dairy and meat items with soy products. She was gaining weight, was moody and lathergic. Why? Wasn't she supposed to go vegan, drop meat, and all the sudden drop the weight along with it?

There are a few common misconceptions about soy that I hope to clear up.

How much soy is too much? Is it dangerous for babies or kids to consume? Are there benefits to consuming soy?

Firstly, a "safe" amount of soy to consume is debatable. Each person is unique in the way we digest foods and what we are sensitive to.

Foods that contain whole soy can be a good source of protein for vegetarians and vegans because they provide all the amino acids — a type of nutrient — that people need to stay healthy. (People who eat meat get all their essential amino acids from animal products.) Soy is sometimes added to foods like breads, cereals, and meat products, and used as a meat substitute in vegetarian products such as soy burgers and soy hot dogs.

Here are some common soy products/foods:

edamame Edamame: soy beans that have been boiled in water.

Soy Milk: a beverage made from soybeans, mixed with water. can be a good alternative to dairy. (not for children and definitely not as a formula or breast milk replacement)

Tofu: the white, soft processed soy milk coagulated with a chemical- (such as calcium sulfate) similar process to cheese. Should probably avoid this, almost all is genetically modified.

Tempeh: the natural fermented version of soy. Considered the healthiest of all soy varieties.

Miso: traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting rice, barley and/or soybeans, with salt and the fungus kōjikin. Also safe and considered to have health benefits.

Soy Sauce: the soy contained in this salty mix is actually comparatively low.

Soy Lecithin: a great emulsifier (promotes solidity) for many different products. Research is showing many positive health benefits including lowering cholesterol, improving brain functioning and memory and aiding in the breaking down of fats to be used as energy. Check before using to make sure you are not allergic, allergies can cause many complications and side effects.

Soy protein: unless you know differently, most soy protein is produced in a large commercial factory and is typically in an aluminum container which isn't safe. MSG is often added as well.

Health Information

The FDA has authorized use of health claims about the role of soy protein in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) on labeling of foods containing soy protein. This final rule is based on the FDA's conclusion that foods containing soy protein included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of CHD by lowering blood cholesterol levels. Recent clinical trials have shown that consumption of soy protein compared to other proteins such as those from milk or meat, can lower total and LDL-cholesterol levels.

The real health benefits of soy might lie in its nutritional content and the fact that people often use soy foods as a replacement for less-healthy foods. Soy foods are a great source of protein and contain other important nutrients, such as fiber, B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Foods containing soy protein are also a healthy alternative to meats and other animal products that contain cholesterol and saturated fat.

But soy's greatest advantage may lie in it being a rich source of isoflavones - plant hormones that have been linked to several health benefits. For example, researchers believe a soy-based diet could account for Asia's low rate of heart disease. The leading cause of death in the United States, one of the risk factors for coronary heart disease is high levels of LDL or "bad" cholesterol. In recent clinical trials, men and women with high LDL levels were able to reduce them by consuming soy over an extended period. In October, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) announced that certain foods containing soy will be able to claim that they may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. (To qualify, the food must contain at least 6.25 grams of soy per serving, one-quarter of the daily recommended serving of 25 grams). And that's not all. It is possible that isoflavones may help prevent bone loss, therefore lowering the risk of osteoporosis.

Isoflavones have been credited with reducing the rates of certain types of cancer. For example, there is some evidence that eating soy may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. And isoflavones were the primary ingredients in a "smart bomb" - a drug that University of Minnesota scientists believe holds the potential to cure childhood leukemia. Finally, a study by the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii indicates that consumption of soy products may help reduce the risk of uterine cancer.

Soy milk, soy burgers, and soy snacks are available in many supermarkets and specialty stores. When selecting soy foods, be sure to check food labels to be sure that the food is a good source of soy protein and is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and added sugar.

If you're interested in eating more soy, introduce it into your diet gradually. And remember that the key to good health is to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods without focusing too much on any one food.

Possible Negative Side Effects?

More to the point, the real problem is not whether soy is inherently bad (after all, people have been consuming plants with hormones for centuries) but that no one is sure how much soy it is safe to consume. While Asians have been consuming soy for centuries, there have been conflicting claims about how much soy they consume. Nonetheless, since soy is turning up in everything from cereal to ice cream, we may be consuming far higher amounts than is normally found in the Asian diet, without any real idea of the consequences. A related issue is that modern preparation methods for soy products may increase the health risks. For example, some companies use chemical hydrolization instead of traditional fermentation methods to make soy sauce. It's something to think about.

Time to get science-y: Apart from the question as to whether soy even has demonstrable health benefits, there are long-standing concerns that soy may have negative effects on thyroid function and hormonal health. Soy falls into a category of foods known as goitrogens -- vegetables, grains and foods that promote formation of goiter -- an enlarged thyroid. Some goitrogens also have a definite antithyroid effect, and appear to be able to slow thyroid function, and in some cases, trigger thyroid disease. A huge danger is soy infant formula, this should never be given to your child in such a vulnerable age. Infants that consume soy have up to 20,000 times the amount of estrogen circulating in their blood stream.

Most importantly, soy is rated as the second most allergenic food to humans, with the first being peanuts. So before you go soy crazy, check it out with your doc to be sure you aren't allergic.

Soy-lovely Research

In January 2006 an American Heart Association review (in the journal "Circulation") of a decade-long study of soy protein benefits casts doubt on the FDA allowed "Heart Healthy" claim for soy protein. The panel also found that soy isoflavones do not reduce post menopause "hot flashes" in women, nor do isoflavones help prevent cancers of the breast, uterus, or prostate. Thus, soy isoflavones in the form of supplements is not recommended. Among the conclusions, the authors state, "In contrast, soy products such as tofu, soy butter, soy nuts, or some soy burgers should be beneficial to cardiovascular and overall health because of their high content of polyunsaturated fats, fibre, vitamins, and minerals and low content of saturated fat. Using these and other soy foods to replace foods high in animal protein that contain saturated fat and cholesterol may confer benefits to cardiovascular health." -- Sacks et al. 113 (7): 1034

The common amounts of phytoestrogens in soy beans are not to be compared to concentrated estrogen. One study followed over 3000 Japanese men between 1965 and 1999, and that showed a positive correlation between brain atrophy and consumption of tofu.

A study on elderly Indonesian men and women found that tempeh consumption was independently related to better memory.

Lastly, soy contains trypsin inhibitors, which means the proteins in soy are not as absorbent by the body. They block the enzyme trypsin, which is secreted by the pancreas and breaks down protein in the small intestine. Basically what this means is that your body will not be able to properly break down proteins unless you take extra enzymes separately.

Long story short: it's still too sketchy to claim soy is the soy-tastic and start replacing everything with soy. My advice? Eat as many different foods and meat/dairy alternatives as possible. Don't just stick to one kind. It's fine to have a soy yogurt for breakfast with fresh fruit, but then skip the soy burger for lunch and go for a big green salad. There are plenty of milk alternatives, and I rarely use soy unless that's the only thing available. Almond milk is super easy to make and is almost as common as soy milk now. There is also rice milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk and hemp milk. Try different options and always switch it up! Don't ever use soy milk as a baby formula and avoid giving it to small kids, especially boys, when they are still growing. Finally, don't be soy-crazy! Soy isn't the devil and won't kill you. Just eat it with moderation in mind and keep yourself educated with the latest research.

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Increases your longevity

In 2009, a lab-based study published in Bio-organic & Medicinal Chemistry concluded that the polysaccharides, or long chains of carbohydrates, found in the reishi mushroom had life-span-extending properties. These unique molecules were linked to promoting longevity by boosting the immune system and preventing abnormal blood vessel formations that could lead to life-threatening cancerous growths. In other words, if you drink reishi mushroom tea every day, it could have huge long-term payoffs.


Anti-cancer properties

While so much of what causes and prevents cancer remains a mystery, there have been studies conducted around reishi mushrooms that find that regular consumption could help fight against cancer cells. The reishi mushroom has not only been shown to prevent the development of cancer, but research has indicated that the reishi mushroom may also eliminate existing cancer cells in the body. 

They have neuroprotective properties.

Want to improve your memory and protect your brain against some of the diseases that come with aging? There are a number of ways to do this, and reishi mushrooms might be one of them. In studies, it’s been shown that reishi extract supports the production of nerve growth factor, a protein that is vital for healthy neurological function.


They can give your immune system a boost.

No matter what the season, our immune systems can always use a boost. A number of studies have shown that reishi mushrooms can affect the genes in white blood cells, thus altering and lowering inflammation levels. When your inflammation levels are lowered, your body is better able to fight off infection.


They could help improve mood and might fend off depression.

Struggling with depression, anxiety, or irritability? While reishi mushrooms won't cure it once and for all, there is some evidence to suggest that eating, drinking, or taking reishi mushroom supplements could do quite a bit to ease some of the symptoms.

Check out a couple of ways to use our Cacao Magic Superfood products for a healthy dose of reishi.


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Accessing Your Authenticity in a World of Labels and Limitations

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We’re on a journey to have the courage to be real and human in this world of labels, rules and limitations and it’s not always an easy journey. From early on, our founder, Sophie Jaffe made it a mission to remain authentic and vulnerable no matter how much she was risking. Why? Because it’s so powerful.


When I first moved to LA I started working at a raw juice bar. I was so excited to be welcomed into the community that I immediately transitioned into a raw and plant-based diet. While it felt good and I learned about the powerful effects of raw, whole and nourished fruits and veggies, I began to take this label to an extreme. Soon, my body began to feel restricted. It was draining. 


That’s when I decided to make my own rules. I decided what I could and couldn’t eat. I started listening to my intuition. I finally felt balanced. 

 

Our subconscious tells us that we need to label who we are and what we do. I can’t tell you how many times I’m asked how I remain authentic and vulnerable as an influencer. It’s not easy. I’m constantly challenged. But there is a power when you access your authenticity.

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What it means to access your courage and authenticity

I encourage everyone to remain authentic and have the courage to be real and human. The true you is so beautiful and the world deserves to know it.


By opening up and being the REAL YOU, you can inspire others in such a profound way. Listen to your body - each one of us is so uniquely different. No one is going to crave the same thing, and similarly, we’re all not all going to feel nourished by the same things. What diet may work for someone may not work for another. Ultimately, what matters is if you do everything from a place of love - love for the way you fuel your body, love for the way you move your body and love for yourself.


At this point, the only challenge you’re left to face is blocking out negative talk and surrounding yourself with support. This took years of practice, but what I can tell you is to remind yourself of all the love you’re worth.


Repeat this mantra: I am abundance.

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Here are some tips to accessing your authenticity

Turn to self-care and know when to step away from a situation or maybe, when you may even need to let go of a relationship. 

Develop healthy eating habits that fuel you from the inside out. One place to start is integrating the magic of superfoods into your meals like Cacao Magic into your morning coffee, Berry Bliss into your afternoon smoothie, or Green Dream on your roasted veggies.

Be careful about the circles you enter and who you follow on social media. If you’re in need of a little body positivity then follow a boss lady who’s all about it. 

Most importantly, find out what works best for you. For myself, sometimes that’s a piece of chicken, or smoothies every morning for a month, but most times, its chocolate late in the evening. 

 

Your body knows what it needs - listen to it.


Accessing your authenticity is a challenge but once you do, it can be so liberating. The world will open up and you’ll find an inner strength you never knew you had.


If I walk away each day inspiring one person to live their truth and walk their own path, I feel aligned with the truest version of ME. And that ignites me.

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Make a cup of tea with a spoonful of Berry Bee Honey or Green Bee Honey and learn how to become aware of the cycles of the moon to take another small step on the path to wholeness and connection to our higher selves.


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NEW MOON // the dark moon

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WAXING MOON

During the Waxing Moon, the moon is growing larger and enters three phases: Crescent Moon, First Quarter or Half Moon, and Gibbous Moon. These phases are full of energy all about taking action on your intentions and trusting the process that unfolds. It’s a time to set definable goals, research, ask questions and plan. Using this energy you can take your intentions and turn them into actionable items. This is a time to prepare for your future, listen to your needs and connect with others. You may notice problems that continue to show up and it’s a wonderful way to align with the energy of a Waxing Moon by working through them and take decisive action. 

FULL MOON // illuminated moon

During a Full Moon, she is at her brightest and illuminated by the sun, unobstructed by the earth. Her energy is brightest and the most potent. We can either feel full of love, excitement and joy or anxious, vulnerable and sensitive. It’s okay to honor both. Because this energy is more intense during this phase than the rest we may have trouble falling asleep and can be hit with our inner shadows. We align with this energy by embracing it all and feeling into it. Go out and celebrate with loved ones, host or participate in a moon ceremony, dance, move your body or turn inward and meditate. Whatever you may need. A Full Moon is also a good time to charge your crystals and journal. With a Full Moon, your intentions are illuminated so you can carry them out more clearly. 


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5 Simple Ways to Involve Your Kids in The Kitchen


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In the Jaffe home, I make smoothies with the kids or superfood waffles. I don’t limit their diets because I show them how to love whole, nutritious, and vibrant food. I cook with them and allow them to experiment with meals—under my watchful eye. I stock the house with a ton of fruits, veggies and delicious nutrient-dense snacks. 


Cooking together is a beautiful way to bond and spend more time together. Yes, having kids in the kitchen can slow things down and be messy, but it’s so fun and a great learning experience for kids who will only grow to be more comfortable in the kitchen. 


Here are 5 simple ways to involve your kids more in the kitchen!


There have been so many amazing memories created in our kitchen surrounding food. Kai will create smoothies for us and sometimes we have a brunch party with endless superfood waffles. We try new things together and get fun and experimental with food.



My number one tip is to make it FUN!! 

Find new recipes to cook together in the kitchen, make them feel important, and make them feel like they’re actually doing something by themselves. They get an extreme sense of accomplishment and cooking is such a great way to spend quality time with them. Put on music and dance around in the kitchen while you’re cooking. Even if it’s slow and messy, the most important thing is to have fun.


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Keep introducing them to new things; don’t force it. 

You don’t need to pressure them. Hopefully if they keep seeing you eating something, they’ll want to imitate you. Your kids are a mirror of your habits and behaviors. If you demonstrate respecting your body through self -love and care through nutrition, your kids will also mirror that priority of self-love. All of our kids eat very differently, they still crave sugary treats, but they also do a really great job of eating their colors. I never pressured them into eating foods like me, but I just tried my best to lead by example. It's so rewarding to see them wanting "to be like mommy," all the while making healthy choices and truly enjoying it!



Take a trip to the store or farmer’s market together.

Let their curiosity run wild! Check out the new seasonal veggies and colors and flavors. Pick out some new produce and get creative in the kitchen with it. If they have a favorite color, then go off of that. Get them EXCITED to try something new that they picked out themselves and they’re curious to try! Make it a challenge to eat your colors, not your “vegetables.”


Make the time, but only if it makes sense for everyone. 

By no means do you need to MAKE your kids help out in the kitchen. If you’re pressed for time, preparing a more elaborate meal, or feeling overwhelmed, it’s better to make a meal on your own. Try out meals together on weekends, holidays, days off, evening and when you have the space and excitement to do so. 


Try this dinner recipe to make with your kids: Cauliflower Pizza



Take the pressure off. 

They don’t need to be professional chefs to succeed in the kitchen. It’s an accomplishment if they’re just interested. Ask your kids to work on preparation while you read out the recipe or ask them to read while you prepare. Your kids can mix ingredients, wash fruits + veggies and as they get older they can cut and measure ingredients. Cooking together can be as simple as putting ingredients in a blender for a superfood smoothie, arranging toppings on a pizza, or creating our own smoothie bowls. 


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Celebrate The Jewish New Year with These Rituals & Recipes

Jewish New Year Rituals

No matter what you believe or what you celebrate there is a palpable shift in the energy during this time of the year. We are moving from summer to fall, spending less time outdoors, and more time indoors. In fall there is a giving back and turning inward, making changes and reflection on what is working and what just isn’t.


Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah starts on September 6th and ends on September 8th. It is translated literally as "head of the new year" and it always falls on the Virgo New Moon. This is a time for reflection and refinement. Let the light pour in on this New Year and New Moon in Virgo. This period marks the transition from old into new. We now have the opportunity to release old thoughts, beliefs, and habits as we let go of the old year.

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Together we can ride the rush of the new energy of the Lunar New Year to renew, reset, and rewrite the story of our lives. We’re sharing rituals you can do with you and your family as well as some recipes to make this year!

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Light a candle. 

Set the stage and environment by bringing in calming energy. The candle's glowing light will symbolize the reflection of your past year.


Set intentions for the coming year. 

How can you utilize the Virgo moon + sun energy to create healthy new rituals for the New Year? Have you been putting your wellbeing and self-love first? Are there dreams you're longing for or a future you aspire to create? This cycle is calling on you to make definite steps toward this goal and put in the work. This past season was a time of shedding and as we welcome fall we enter a season of growth and rebirth. 

Dinner with family or friends.

Traditionally, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with a festive dinner and family or friends over a candle blessing, round challah (representing the cycles of years and seasons), and a reflection over the year.


Going inward

Take out a piece of paper or a journal and go within yourself. Think about anyone you may want to forgive or connect with. Consider letting go of something or someone that isn't serving you any longer. As you free up the space from things that aren't serving you, you allow room for newness and a rebalancing of the best you possible.



Rosh Hashanah is a time of restoration and re-newment. Even if you’re not Jewish you can use this time to reflect and get clear on how you want the new season to move and flow. 


As for the food, celebrate the energy of the holiday and enjoy these dishes:

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Apples Dipped in Honey

On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, it is traditional to eat slices of apple that were dipped in honey to begin the meal. It symbolizes a good and sweet year ahead. Use supercharged raw honey made with superfoods to enhance your meal. 


We used Green Bee Honey which is made with spirulina, plant-based protein and maca.

 

Honey + Toast

Apple and Honey Superfood Toast

This super yummy slice is jazzed up with a creamy dairy-free cheese, some crisp apples, a pinch of fresh herbs and of course Green Bee Honey. The honey is fused with Green Dream, and will add an antioxidant-rich superfood boost to your bread.


Gather This:

Slice(s) of your favorite gluten free bread

Vegan cream cheese

1 tablespoon Green Bee Honey

Fresh apple slices

Fresh rosemary or thyme


Toast up your favorite bread. Add the cheese and apples, sprinkle with herbs, and drizzle with honey!

 

Fruit+Nut Cacao Honey Platter

I love the fruit combinations on this plate because they’re not your everyday fruits, which make it all the more fun to enjoy. It’s a great mid-day treat or the perfect unique appetizer for your next party!


Gather This:

1 sliced Blood Orange

1 Handful or organic blueberries

1 sliced organic apple

1 handful of almonds (or nuts of your choice!)

½ cup granola

Cacao Bee Honey


Slice all fruit and arrange on a platter with a handful of almonds. Drizzle with Cacao Bee Honey, and sprinkle granola on top!



The idea is to eat sweet things as it represents a desire to have a sweet year. On the Jewish New Year we wish each other “Shana Tova U'Metukah,” which roughly translates to “A good and sweet new year.”


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5 Easy Ways to Create a More Mindful Morning

Mornings are sacred. We don’t mess around with them or take it lightly because more often than not, it determines what the rest of your day will feel like. A mindful and conscious morning has the power to shift your perspective, create a higher vibration, lowers anxiety, and reminds us how lucky & fortunate we are to be alive. 


Besides starting every morning with a cup of superfood coffee (you can snag the entire bundle and save 5% + free shipping!) which has all the essentials to make your own Philosophie Superfood Coffee at home! Our superfood coffee recipe is super clean, super tasty and so satisfying. All you need is high-quality coffee, nut milk, and superfoods! You can easily adapt it to whatever you need for the day. Add extra mood boosters or keep it simple with just superfoods and coffee. 


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Journal, card pulls and meditation

It’s incredible how when you put pen to paper, you discover so much about yourself. There are surprises, dreams and revelations. I think everyone should take five to ten minutes here and there to get to know themselves better! I’m a huge believer in setting intentions each morning with any sort of affirmation, angel or tarot card and recommend making this a daily ritual to pair with your cup of tea or coffee. By doing this, you’re telling yourself how you intend to feel, which will help guide you in your choices and actions throughout the day so you end up feeling exactly how you want to feel.

Mindful movement

I love moving my body in the morning and flipping upside down to change perspective, support blood flow and healthy circulation. A bit of stretching opens my heart and some breathwork immediately shifts my attitude to gratitude. Mornings don’t have to be about a high intensity workout but more about loving yourself and your body.


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Gratitude

Thank you for this day. Thank you for this breath. Thank you for this body. Thank you for this life. Facing the day with positivity and bliss usually begins, for me, with expressing sincere gratitude. I take time each morning to run through a list of everything I have to be thankful for—sometimes I journal it out and sometimes I repeat it in my head as I’m moving through my other morning activities. Taking the time to even say one thing you’re thankful for - no matter how small - can dramatically affect your outlook on the day.


Fuel with nourishing foods + the nutrients my body needs

Above all, I start every single day with filling my body with nourishing and nutrient-dense foods. The moment I wake up, I sip on a glass of warm water with a slice of fresh lemon. After a long night of sleep, the body needs to hydrate and flush out the digestive system, which the burst of citrus helps to stimulate. Most mornings, I’ll then whip up a smoothie for a burst of protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and YUMMINESS! I love tossing fruits, leafy greens, coconut waters or nut milks, and Philosophie superfoods into a blender and having a filling, energizing smoothie ready in 5 minutes. 


You are in control of how you approach your day. You are in control of your reaction to challenges that get in the way. So often we forget that and we get caught up in the moment, letting it take over, but if we only remember to breathe deeply and consciously - allowing your mind to settle into the moment - we will radiate with positivity.