05/14/2012 02:25 EDT | Updated 07/14/2012 05:12 EDT

There's Soy in What?!


I know that my readers get their vegan underthings in a tangle whenever we hate on soy over here. I know. I understand. It goes beyond dietary choices, and to animal rights and cries for compassion. The point we continue to try and make however, continues to be missed, or misunderstood. We're not saying you have to up and start chowing on the farm animals if that's just not your thing. Allow this to be another attempt to help you understand why soy does not need to have a conscious place in your diet.

As many argued with past posts, there are claims of health benefits, claims of it being better than that, claims that it's high in protein, that it's easy, convenient, affordable and all that jazz. The thing is, when we buy our tofu, tempeh, soy milk, soy cheese, soygurt, faken bacon, veggie dogs and oddly beloved and well defended (which I will never understand) Tofurkey, we know we're eating soy. We're making the choice to eat soy and everyone is free to make that choice as often as they choose. Though I would warn that making that choice too often could result in man-boobs in our gents, and totally whacked out hormonal imbalances in our women, as well as support GMO crops if we're not ensuring organic goodness- still, the choice is yours.

I, personally, avoid soy on a daily basis. I have great reason for this. It is in absolutely EVERYTHING!

You know what else is a source of hidden and not so hidden soy?

This list is from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Food and products that contain or often contain soy:

Foods That Often Contain Soy

Bean sprouts

Bread crumbs, cereals and crackers

Breaded foods

Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), hydrolyzed soy protein (HSP) and hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)

Imitation dairy food

Infant formula, follow-up formula, nutrition supplements for toddlers and children

Meal replacements

Meat products with fillers, for example, burgers and prepared ground meat products

Mexican foods, for example, chili, taco fillings and tamales


Nutrition supplements

Sauces, for example, soy, shoyu, tamari, teriyaki, Worcestershire

Simulated fish and meat products, for example, surimi, imitation bacon bits, vegetarian burgers

Stews, for example, in gravies


Vegetarian dishes

Other possible sources of soy:

Baked goods and baking mixes

Beverage mixes, for example, hot chocolate and lemonade

Canned tuna and minced hams, for example, seasoned or mixed with other ingredients for flavour

Chewing gum

Cooking spray, margarine, vegetable shortening and vegetable oil

Dressings, gravies and marinades

Frozen desserts


Milled corn

Meat products with fillers, for example, preprepared hamburger patties, hotdogs and cold cuts

Seafood -based products and fish

Seasoning and spices

Snack foods, for example, soy nuts

Soups, broths, soup mixes and stocks

Soy pasta

Spreads, dips, mayonnaise and peanut butter

Thickening agents


Monosodium glutamate (MSG) (may contain hydrolyzed protein)

Non-food sources of soy:

Cosmetics and soaps

Craft materials


Milk substitutes for young animals

Pet food


To translate, this includes everything from your margarine, your crayons, your lip balm, your bread crumbs, your Oreo Cookies, your Kind Bars, and your cartoned vegetable stock. There's just no need to add more soy to the soy.

The bottom line -- If you are going to choose to eat soy, do so mindfully, consciously and in serious moderation. Okay?