Unpleasant truths about soy products
A study recently published by the Cornucopia Institute reveals some unpleasant truth about soy products. Soyburger in the form of vegetarian burgers, vegetarian sausages, vegetarian minced meat, etc. are mainly sold in organic and health food stores and are regarded as a particularly healthy alternative to meat and sausage.
Spices bring the taste – in a Soyburger, as well as in a meat burger
For many, this sounds absurd when vegetarians, who do not eat meat, like the taste of meat and therefore like to eat accordingly prepared soy products. In reality it is also that meat without spices does not taste much and sausage without spices and smoke (aroma) is completely unthinkable.
It is therefore not a question of a specific meat or sausage taste, but only the usual spices used traditionally for the preparation of meat and sausage. From what ultimately the Basismasse exists, is for the taste however not so decisive. This can be soy, but also wheat (gluten), lupine egg white or a mass of ground nuts or sunflower seeds.
Conventional soy products contain nerve poison
The Cornucopia Institute has now found that many vegetarian burgers consist of soybeans treated with hexane. Hexane is a chemical solvent that is produced as a by-product in the refining of petrol and is listed as a strong environmental toxin at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
It can cause severe nerve damage and skin irritation. And yet most of the traditional soybeans are dipped in exactly this stuff and then sold as a particularly healthy food.
Hexane is used in particular in the production of highly processed soy products. For example, when Textured Plant Protein (TVP) (2) is prepared, hexane is used to dissolve the soybean oil from the soy protein. TVP is often the basis for vegetarian burgers, vegetarian goulash or vegetarian mince sauce. However, hexane must not be used for organic soya products.
However, the use of hexane is common in conventional, ie non-biological, soy products – especially when their list of ingredients includes soy protein isolates, soy protein concentrates or TVPs.
“Bio” instead of “natural”
Unfortunately, on the label of many conventional products, the misleading term is “natural”, which is automatically associated with a chemically-free product. “Natural” is not a protected term. Only for products that come from controlled organic production (and that is so on the product), one should be sure that they were really produced without hexane.
Conventional soy is gen manipulated soy
Today, soybeans are cultivated on huge land, especially in South America, with the help of machines and pesticides. So many rainforests had to give way for Sojafelder. However, soy is grown only marginally for soy burgers. The overwhelming majority disappears in the form of cattle fodder in the huge cattle and chickens all over the world.
Conventional soybeans are cultivated almost exclusively in the genetic engineering variant. The long-term effects of Gensoja consumption are not known.
However, some studies already reveal results that are fearing in this regard frightening future scenarios. Therefore, choose only soy products from organic cultivation, since organic farmers do not cultivate genetically modified plants. In these cases, the label usually contains a clear indication such as “not genetically modified”, “without genetic engineering”, “non-GMO” (3) or similar .
If you want a Soyburger, choose fermented soy
In many Asian countries, soy products have long been a daily food. However, if one looks more closely, it is noticeable that the Asians take soy products mainly in fermented form, eg Tempeh (4), miso or soy sauce – in relatively small quantities.
The toxins, which naturally occur in the husk, and which, for example, can hinder the digestion or the absorption of important vitamins, are degraded during the fermentation process. Therefore, fermented soy products are easily digestible and – in sparing dosage – may be beneficial to health. However, unfermented soya products are also considered not to be healthy in Asia, even if they come from organic farming and organic processing.
On occasion, soy products are recommended for women in the menopause due to the phytoestrogens (5), according to the motto: soya instead of hormone therapy. However, it was found that phytoestrogens are not as beneficial to the hormone level as was assumed, especially if they are consumed regularly in large quantities.
If soy, then organic, fermented and only in small quantities
Whether soy products are now healthier than flesh – this can be discussed for a long time. Although animal consumption is not associated with the consumption of soy products, one should not eat them more frequently than once or twice a week.
Remember that fermented soya products (Tempeh, Miso, Soyayoghurt, Shoyu, Tamari, Natto or Nattokinase) are definitely more beneficial than non-fermented (tofu, TVP, soy milk, soya cream, etc.).
When purchasing soy products, be sure to purchase only those from biological production. Only then can you be sure that no hexane has been used and that the soybeans have not been genetically modified.