eDiets "Healthy Soy" Diet Plan

Reviewed by James Brann, M.D.

eDiet's Healthy Soy Diet Plan emphasizes that Soy has come a long way from the 'groovy '60s' when tofu and mung beans were all the rage. Today, you can find this great source of protein in everything from veggie burgers to soy milk. Soy - it's not just for old hippies anymore.

To stay healthy, your body requires nutrients - the good stuff found in good foods. Protein is an essential nutrient for optimum health. Found in meats and fish, dairy products like milk and eggs, and in nuts and legumes (dried peas and beans), protein is used by the body to build and repair body tissue - everything from skin to muscles. Protein is also necessary for healthy red blood cells and a healthy, overall immune system.

Protein ranks up there on the food pyramid. We need a lot of it - especially people who are physically active. That includes joggers, cyclists, tri-athletes, aerobics instructors, all parents, anyone who does hard physical labor and anyone under the age of 18. Protein helps you grow big and strong, as mom used to say.

The problem is, many sources of quality protein are high in fat (fast food burgers are not quality protein, and that fish sandwich you had for lunch has enough fat to clog every artery in your body). The solution is as simple…as soy.

Soy comes from the soybean (naturally). Once processed from the bean, it's basically a bland, tasteless mash - but in this case, that's great. Because soy has no distinctive taste of its own, it takes on the taste of whatever you cook with it. You can make it taste like beef, chicken, pork sausages and other fattening favorites.

In addition, soy comes in all forms. There's liquid soy milk, which packs the protein punch of regular milk without the fat. There's tofu in extra-soft to hard. Tofu can be mixed into casseroles, stir-fry, soups and stews, it can be spread on bread and seasoned - hey, you can even kabob it under the broiler.

And don't forget, you can find soy in lots of good-for-you, low-fat prepared foods like veggie-burgers that taste like they just came off the grill, chicken fingers, soy ice cream, soy snack chips, roasted soy nuts (great for snacking) - if it's a food, it can be soy.