We thought we were doing the right thing eating tofu and “soysage”. Now we find out the United States soy crop is 85% GMO. What do we do now? And knowing that soy is in almost everything we eat, added as filler to pre-formed meat products, and as emulsifiers in mayonnaise, and even some cosmetics, what do we do? The best way to avoid GMO soy is to not eat soy. However that is not so easy. Soy is in so many things that we eat & use everyday. The following is an adapted list I found that was very complete. I’ve deleted the redundant (you probably already know that soybeans and soy sauce are soy products), added descriptions to items on the list, as well as a few suggested substitutions. I hope you find it helpful. Do your best to go organic whenever possible, grow whatever food you can for yourself, and above all ~ Don’t Panic, we will get through this evil that is Monsatan!!
Akara : a bean fritter ~ try it the traditional African style with black-eyed peas instead of soy
Bulking Agent : a filler, to make the food appear to be larger
Boullion : soup base
Carob : sometimes used as a chocolate substitute
Edamame : immature soybean still in pod
Emulsifiers (if unspecified) : stuff that keeps water and oil from seperating in mayo, salad dressing and milk, & more
Gum Arabic : in pure form (before soy is added) it is the sap from the 2 types of acacia trees
Guar Gum : a white powdery thickener made from beans
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein or Hydrolyzed Protein (HVP) :http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/what-is-hydrolyzed-vegetable-protein-or-hvp-and-what-products-might-contain-salmonella-tennessee/ (ew!)
Isoflavones : one of 2 main groups of phytoestrogens (plant derived hormones) known to cause ED and lowered libido in men
Isolated Soy Protein : hulled, defatted beans ground to powder and the protien is extracted,what remains is sold as soy flour.
Kinako : flour made from roasted beans
Kouridofu : kouri = freeze-dried, dofu = tofu
Lecithin : waste from soy oil processing, contains all the toxins (pesticides, etc.) can be a solid or a gummy liquid.
Miso : a flavoring paste made from the fermented beans
Mono and Diglycerides : hydogenated oils used as emulsifiers
Mono Sodium Glutamates (MSG) : debilitates the hypothalamus, causing obesity
Natto : gross, fermented beans in a snotty thick liquid. . .absolutely repulsive, noone in their right mind would eat this.
Natural, Organic or Artificial Flavors (if the flavor isn’t listed in brackets beside it then it’s most likely soy-based)
Olean : remember Olestra? mmm-hmm, this is it’s poison base
Shoyu Sauce : (soy) sauce made from fermented beans
Soja : another name for soybean
Tamari : a dark, thick soy sauce
Tempeh : fremented bean cakes, usually cut in squares or blocks
Teriyaki : soy sauce, and mirin (sake & sugar), & more sugar
Tofu : bean curd
Tofutti : bean curd ice cream, sometimes called “ice bean”
Vegetable Broth, Gum, Paste, Protein, Oil, Shortening, Starch : all are made with soy products
Vitamin E : derived from soy bean oil
Yuba : the thick leathery skin sliced off the tofu block
Instant coffee : ground beans used as an extender, grind your own organic REAL beans (worth the extra work, for sure)
Margarine : just use butter anyway, but soy is used as emulsifier and a fat
Canned tuna : if it is packed in oil, it may be soy oil . . .if you must have tuna, eat water-packed tuna only
Mayonnaise : uses soy oil and emulsifiers
Please read this article on “Why Soy is Bad” www.optimumchoices.com/Soy.htm
As it turns out we now need an alternative to our alternative. Not to worry, there are so many other sources of protein it would make your head spin. And if you aren’t the PMS or peri-menopausal woman, or a man worried about your libido, you may be fine using the phytoestrogen rich (organic) soybean in your diet.