The straight facts on soy-based foods

shutterstock_85368853As longtime fans already know, Toffuti’s delicious dairy-free, vegan-friendly and kosher products are full of beans – soybeans!

And while our beloved beans often get flack for being so-called“Frankenfood,” we’re here to set the facts straight about the health benefits of soy.

At Toffuti, we’re committed to using ingredients grown as Mother Nature intended – naturally. This means all Tofutti products are free fromgenetically modified soy. We also rigorously test other ingredients, like the flavourings in our products, to ensure they too are non-GMO (genetically modified organisms).

Moreover, dieticians would agree that soybeans are a high-protein source of nutrients, making them ideal for people who enjoy a plant-based diet. Soybeans are low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and provide ample fibre, omega-3 fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Why does soy have a bad rap?

Soy also contains isoflavones, which are natural compounds that mimic the body’s estrogen. Critics say high levels of the hormone in the body encourage estrogen-dependent tumoursin women who have breast cancer. However, there’s no concrete evidencepointing to soy as an estrogen booster.

Rather, research studies suggest that by competing with estrogen on a cellular level, isoflavones actually inhibit breast cancer from developing.Scientists have also found that women living inAsian countries, who consume a lot of soy,have lower risks of the disease when compared to women who eat a predominantly western diet.

The truth about soy

Remember, soy has been a staple food source for many eastern cultures, and the debate surrounding soybeans shouldn’t deter people from high-quality and healthy soy-based products.

What may be cause for concern, however, is the proliferation of genetically engineered soybeans, as they have the potential topresent historically unprecedented problems. More than half of the soybeans grown in Canada are GMO, while 90 per cent of American-grown soy is genetically altered.

GMOs are a relatively new biotechnology, and have been linked to a rise in allergies. Their cultivation is also believed to encourage superbugs and superweeds, which poses a risk to the environment and the integrity of our agriculture – and food.

For products free from genetically modified soy, find a Tofutti retailer near you.