In last month’s edition of Healthy Homemakers, I wrote about why I avoid soy.
Here are a few tips for avoiding this potentially dangerous food that–whether you realize it or not–is a huge part of almost every American’s diet:
1. Buy organic.
Yes, my family still buys some processed organic foods (like crackers). My goal is to get 100% away from buying any processed foods at all. You will still find soy in processed organic foods, but at least you will know it isn’t GMO soy.
2. Read ingredient labels–meticulously!
Like I wrote last month, soy is in EVERYTHING. Soy lecithin, soya, soybean oil–these are just a few names for soy products found in any processed foods (boxed, canned, etc.).
3. Cook from scratch.
When you cook this way, you know exactly what is going into each meal. I like knowing exactly what my family is consuming. (For lots of healthy recipes, check out my recipe index!)
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4. Buy whole foods.
Buy fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, meats. If it’s in a can, box or some kind of container, it very likely contains soy.
5. Choose your menu items wisely when eating out.
You can ask the waiter or waitress if a menu item contains soy, but it’s likely he or she won’t know. Choosing steamed or grilled whole foods is probably your best option. Salad dressings, marinades, sauces, breads, butter spreads, etc. all probably contain soy.
How do you avoid soy?
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