RE: Can soy make me gain weight???
Posted Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 3:48 PM
Never heard that before. Where have you seen that? I'd be curious to take a look. (Unfortunately there's lots of anti-soy propaganda out there, and most of it is from one particular group, which heavily promotes meat and dairy.)
Anyway, there's absolutely no reason to eat a lot of soy--or *any* soy--on a vegan diet.
Soy is just one of many beans.
I think it's tempting to focus too much on replacements when people first transition. Like swapping a meat-analog for the chicken breast you would have eaten before, etc. That's certainly one strategy, but over time you probably will move away from that idea.
I found that the longer I was vegetarian (and then vegan) the less I thought of a meal as the classic protein + 2 sides formula. Most of my plates are 2-3 small dishes, sometimes more, usually a couple of leftovers in the mix. A salad and a bean soup for lunch, or three different salads--a grain, a bean, and a veggie; or hummus and dipping veggies plus rice, or etc. When I eat soy I stick to the least-processed forms: edamame, tofu, tempeh, and soymilk.
The only meat-substitute I eat regularly is seitan, but even that's only once or twice a week, tops.
If you eat a lot of processed foods (vegan, vegetarian, or omivore), you're probably getting more soy than you realize, and in more highly processed (and less healthful) forms. It's entirely possible that an ominvore eating the Standard American Diet with lots of processed foods eats *more* soy than a vegan.
Everybody's different though. You'll find out what works for you best. Good luck!
Here's the program's page on soy, if you haven't seen that yet: http://www.pcrm.org/health/prevmed/soy_health.html