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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Heart of the Week: Wellness Supplements for Travel

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I’ve decided to take the time and detail the following list of my personal healthy habit hacks and the supplements I use to support me while I’m traveling. I hope you find them useful as you plan your next trip away. I know I couldn’t survive long flights with a baby and two boys if I didn’t have these with me!

Don’t read any further if you’d like to have an excuse for ignoring your habits when you travel. But, I promise you, it’s SUPER simple! ☺

Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend (travel size): Bring this magic powder in your carry-on to sprinkle on salads + meals throughout your trip or even during mid-flight. You can also add to an apple juice for a green chlorophyll hit during your flight.

Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend (travel size): The adaptogens in this bad boy will help balance you out no matter where you go in the world. I recommend adding to your coffee or smoothies on-the-go, as well as into hot water for a mood balancing latte.

Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend (travel size): The heap load of vitamin C in this baby will prevent you from getting sick when you move through different time zones. It also prevents skin breakouts; keeping your skin glowy even though you're sleepy. Add to yogurt or oatmeal in the airport or any Starbucks you find on the road.

Care/of Vitamins: Get all the vitamins you need in ONE bag. Plus, they’re personalized just for you and come in handy little travel packs. Obsessed!

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Gather This:

Mason jars

2 tbsp of the desired herb

Hot water

Do This:

Grab mason jars (one for each herb or herb combination) and put 2 tbsp of the herb at the bottom of each jar. Boil water and pour into each jar until they’re full. Cover each with cheesecloth and let sit overnight. Strain and enjoy!

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Schisandra Berry

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Gather This:

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Blue Majik Chia Pudding (recipe)

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1 organic mango (optional: use star + moon cookie cutters)

Do This:

Toast the waffle and slather on the blue magic chia pudding. Use star and moon cookie cutters to cut out the shapes with a sliced mango. ENJOY!

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Recipe Round-up: 5 Superfood Packed Packable Lunches

The boys are back in school and I’m feeling this major energy shift to get back to hustlin’. This calls for all the potent, nutrient-dense lunches full of all the delicious superfoods I could ever need. Philosophie Babe, Marissa Cohen, scoured our Philosphie recipe database for some of our all-time packable favs.

While we’re still soaking up every last bit of the summer sun, fall is just around the corner. Making the transition back to school, college, and work schedules can be stressful. Packing a nourishing lunch is a great way to fuel your day and give yourself something to look forward to before that mid-afternoon lull. Here are my top 5 packable Philosophie superfood lunches to enjoy all week long.

Monday – Winter Superfood Salad

Start your week off right with this delicious salad. With a hearty mix of veggies, wild rice, eggs, and a delicious Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend infused balsamic dressing, this salad will keep you satisfied through your busiest afternoons.

Gather This:


2 cups organic mixed greens

1 cup cooked black wild rice

1 soft boiled egg

4-5 slices of cucumber

1 spoonful of sauerkraut

S + P


¼ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Powder

S + P

Do This:

Toss all of your salad ingredients into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, gently whisk all of your wet ingredients together until the dressing emulsifies. Add extra salt, pepper, additional olive oil, or vinegar as needed! Toss your salad + dressing, and devour!

Tuesday – Empty the Fridge Curry

Batch cooking is a must for busy weeks. This curry recipe uses whatever you have on hand for a flavorful, wholesome meal. It is perfect lunch as we transition into the cooler autumn months. From an energetic perspective, root vegetables and spices like turmeric and ginger have grounding properties to keep you calm during stressful days at the desk.

Gather This:

4 cans coconut milk

3 sweet potatoes

1 parsnip

2 C carrots

2 C green beans

1 C snap peas

1 medium white onion

3 small squash

S + P

1 ½ tsps crushed garlic

1 inch fresh ginger (chopped)

Pinch of garam masala, tumeric + cumin

Bragg's Sea Kelp Seasoning

Curry leaves

1 tsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

Do This:

Add all ingredients (vegetables, milk, then spices) to a crockpot and cook on high for approximately 4 hours. After your curry's cooked, add the Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend, serve up in your favorite bowl, and ENJOY!

Wednesday – Green Dream Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

This one will make your co-workers jealous. Stuffed peppers are simple and delicious. Try making this recipe for dinner one night and bringing the leftovers the next day.

Gather This:

4 bell peppers

4 C quinoa or rice (cooked)

½ C chopped onion

10 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend (divided)

S + P (to taste)

Cheese (optional)

Do This:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Sauté garlic and onions in a splash of olive or coconut oil then mix in the quinoa and add the seasonings to taste. Cut off the top of the bell peppers and remove any seeds. Stuff the bell peppers with quinoa mix, cover with foil and bake for 10 mins. Then uncover and bake for 15 more mins. Add cheese when desired, while baking for golden brown, or immediately after pulling out from oven. Finish with a sprinkle with Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend.

Thursday – Zoodle Pesto Pasta

Who doesn’t love pasta? This Zoodle Pesto Pasta is full of fiber, plant based protein, and healthy fats, unlike traditional boxed pasta. Get creative and add toppings like hemp seeds, herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and tempeh to suit your liking.

Gather This:

2 zucchinis (one per person for zoodles)

1/4 C olive oil

3/4 C cashews

1/2 C pine nuts

1 C basil

2 T water

1 T nutritional yeast

1 tsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

1 clove of garlic

1 tsp garlic powder (optional)

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp Bragg's Organic Sea Kelp Delight (optional)

1 tsp hemp seeds for seasoning


Do This:

Cut both ends off of the zucchini. Follow the directions for your spiralizer and transform your zucchini into thin ribbons, placing the final product into two large bowls. Mix all of the pesto ingredients in a high-speed blender. If the mixture isn’t incorporating properly, feel free to add more water and/or olive oil to get things moving. Divide the pesto sauce evenly amongst the “pasta” and stir it all together! Optional (but delicious) toppings include: hemp seeds, herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and tempeh!

Friday – Brain Boosting Smoothie

On days when you can’t be bothered to chop or roast veggies (we feel you), depend on your blender. Smoothies are a great meal replacement if they have the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats to sustain you. This Brain Boosting Smoothie checks all of the boxes. Chocolate for lunch is perfectly acceptable when it comes from our high-vibe Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend. Make it even more delicious with an extra spoonful of one of the Philosophie coconut butters for extra brain power.

Gather This:

1 C nut milk

1 frozen banana

2-3 T chopped walnuts

1 T Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend

1 T coconut oil

1 T unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tsp Cacao Bee Honey

1 tsp cinnamon

Two handfuls ice

Organic pomegranate seeds, cacao nibs, or chopped walnuts (for toppings)

Do This:

Add all ingredients (except your toppings) to a high-speed blender and blend until creamy and smooth. If it’s too thick, add a bit more nut milk. Pour into your favorite glass, add your toppings, and enjoy!

We hope these lunch ideas inspire you as much as they excite us. If you make any of these recipes or create your own Philosophie-infused lunchbox meals, be sure to tag us on social media and use #philosophielove!

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