RE: Soy protein / isolate
Posted Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I found that in Vietnam here, I am able to find lots of vegan 'fake meats' but they say 'soy protein isolate.' Can anyone tell me more information about how good/bad this can be for our health? I only notice that its very salty and makes me thirsty! so i must dilute with water.
Is it okay to take soy protein? It seems that its low in carbs and very good source of protein, which I think I definitely need. I am stil a little nervous about consuming too much soy...but again, I would have this soy protein / 'soy meat' maybe just one time a day, like with one meal mixed with rice or noodles/salad. in this case, would it be okay to consume one serving / portion a day?
Aim for 'real' soy - whole foods like tofu and tempeh rather than stripped apart things like 'isolate'. The soy protein isolate is not the salty part - that's from the huge quantities of salt they add to the products. As far as protein, if you're using the kickstart plan at all, lots of beans, lentils, whole grains, you really don't need to add 'extra' protein, particularly not a stripped apart version of it. Keep in mind that you're aiming for whole, real, foods with as little processing as appropriate (so, brown rice instead of white, for example).