All About Soy


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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

I’m frequently asked about soy, and that’s only because there are so many misconceptions about it, like how soy causes hypothyroidism, or breast cancer, or how it makes men effeminate.

It’s anyone’s guess who is promoting this misinformation. But before we start believing it, let’s step back and think for a moment. We all know people with thyroid problems, breast cancer and some of us may also know effeminate men. How many of these people were eating too much soy??? Probably none!

In my many years of being a doctor, I have yet to come across one person who suffered from the problems listed above as a result of overeating soy! Perhaps it happens in other countries. I’ve seen people who say they cannot digest soy or that it doesn’t suit them. This, I understand. Our bodies tell us what is good for us and soy need not be good for everybody. And no one needs soy, there are so many alternatives. 

The only thing wrong with soy is that it is often found in the genetically modified form. GM foods are known to cause problems. Also, excess protein is not good for us. This can easily be overcome by having only organic soy products and, only sometimes for taste and variety. We don’t need it to supplement our protein intake. Protein deficiency only occurs in starvation.

In just two months…

44 year old entrepreneur Manish Rao attended Dr Nandita Shah’s Reversing Diabetes Hypertension seminar in Bangalore in January this year. He believes it is one of the best thing that has happened to him…

“Hi friends, I wanted to share that becoming vegan and eating natural is one of my best journeys because I am getting both – active and better.

Over the last two months, I have lost 8 kilos plus become healthier, more energetic and have a warm feeling of well being. No colds or coughs anymore. I have eaten in abundance fruits, vegetables, sprouts and good foods. I also feel spiritually pure, my heart is lighter and food is a source of joy not guilt or denial as before. I’m working on getting more active in the kitchen and being aware of what goes into my system. I have been following posts of the WhatsApp group created for those who attended the seminar and they give me more and more drive.

I haven’t checked my blood pressure yet but with the amount of weight loss that I have experienced, I am sure that next week, when I go for my check up, the medicines are going to reduce. It’s been a massive breakthrough for me because since that one day with Dr Nandita, I haven’t touched any dairy or dairy products, sugar, white rice, raw, etc. Inspite of travelling at least once a week, I have been able to adapt to the diet very easily. There are abundant options available. Also changing my food patterns after 44 years, has given me so much confidence  that I don’t perceive health as a threat anymore. I understand my health is in my hand.

I really appreaciate the conviction and support that SHARAN and Just Be provide in synchrony. Thank you one and all. Wishing every one a good journey.

Soy Yoghurt

Soy yoghurt is quite similar to dairy yoghurt. It’s fairly easy to make, looks white and full of compassion and health. You can make anything from this yoghurt to include butter-milk, raita, curries etc.

  • 1 litre soya milk
  • 2 tbsp starter*


Bring the soy milk to 42-45°C. The culture will only thrive in a narrow temperature range- too cool and it won’t be active, too hot and it will die. It is just below body temperature so it should be the same temperature as baby’s milk. Add the starter to the soymilk and mix well with a sterile spoon. Do not stir or move the container till the yogurt sets, in about 8-10 hours. Store in the refrigerator.
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All about Soy

Soy is just a bean! Like any other bean, soy is rich in protein, and is an important part of the Far Eastern diet. The soybean originated in China but made its way to North America, solely for the purpose of animal feed, becoming a food crop later on. Soy is commonly consumed in the form of milk, yoghurt, tofu, sauce, miso, tamari, edamame, tempeh, cream and even soy butter.

So what’s wrong with soy? Nothing really, except the fact that since 1995, about 90% of soy has been genetically modified. That is the real issue. Genetically modified (GM) foods are not natural and cause a huge strain to the environment. Besides soy, many other food crops are also GM. These include maize, sugar beets and canola. If one is consuming organically grown soy, there is no harm in consuming soy. Remember, most of the soy is fed to animals in our food chain, so eating meat and dairy products, may be a way of eating high quantities of GM soy!

1.  Does soy have too much protein?

Soybeans contain upto 48% protein, which is equivalent to milk, beef and egg proteins. Excess protein leads to health issues like kidney stone, gout etc, so its best not to replace everything with soy.

2. What are the health benefits of consuming soy?

Soybeans contain a mix of slow-digesting carbs, including fibre and other starches, which are good for growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Soy also contains phytoestrogens, omega-3 fatty acids and a variety of nutrients.

3. Why is soy-milk better than cow’s milk?

Cow’s milk contains cholesterol, whereas soy milk is cholesterol-free and contains fibre. In fact soy helps to reduce cholesterol. Soy milk also contains  numerous  protective phytochemicals that cow’s milk doesn’t have. Also cow’s milk has nine times more saturated fats! In fact any plant based milk is healthier than cow’s milk.

4. What is the best way to consume soy?

Make soya milk at home with organically produced soy! Store brought soy milk, tofu etc may come with its share of harmful preservatives, chemicals, added fats, sugar and flavourings. Avoid packaged foods contain soy by-products like soy-lecithin, soy isolates, soy oil etc..

5. Does soy contain estrogen?

No soy has zero estrogen and in fact cow’s milk has estrogen! ‘Phytoestrogens’ are not really estrogens

6. Does soy affect fertility?

Soy is grown and is a staple food in China, the world’s most populated country! Non GM soy does not affect fertility.

8. How does soy affect the

Soy production for animal feed has led to huge amount of deforestation, which then fuels greenhouse gases.

8. Do you need to eat soy on a plant based diet?

Not at all! There are so many other delicious foods that soy can be completely avoided and is not at all a necessity for proteins or anything else.

This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN
Associate Reyna K Rupani, who is based in Mumbai.
She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health & Weight
loss program and also conducts Health talks for
schools, groups, corporates and more. Find out how
she has benefited in so many ways by going on a
whole plant-based diet here

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