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Soy ~ Love it, or Leave it?

Hi Everyone,

As Thanksgiving and Channukah come to a close I look back with much contentment and gratitude. I was happy to get emails from some of you letting me know you enjoyed the gluten free pie crust recipe. If you haven’t tried it yet, you can still use it for the rest of the holidays.

As promised previously, I am going to talk briefly about another controversial issue – soy. The inflammation caused by food sensitivities is a serious issue and we are only beginning to learn about the severity of its effects on our immune and nervous systems (not to mention the digestive system). Two important systems in our bodies right? So why is this topic so controversial? You either love soy, or hate it! But either way you need to be aware of soy’s detrimental effects on our bodies:

  1. It is highly inflammatory
  2. It can be carcinogenic due to phytoestrogens (Soy isoflavones)
  3. It interferes with our endocrine system

If you are interested in learning more about soy, I highly recommend the book  The Whole Soy Story by Dr. Kaayla Daniel who did her Ph.D. research on the topic.

But what can you do if you love sushi? Terriaki chicken? There are a few soy substitutes that taste amazing (Gluten free soy sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, don’t count it’s still soy!), my favorite is:

  • Coconut aminos: it’s the best kept secret I know – no one will ever know you aren’t using soy sauce, and I’ve even slipped them to the waiter at restaurants and asked them to use this on my meal instead of soy sauce you can get them on Vitacost or at Whole Foods

Your’s in health,
Dr Michelle

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