Topic: Are these meat and cheese alternatives healthy?
April 19, 2019 / By Carey Question:
I'm a lacto ovo vegetarian, and decided to slowly eliminate dairy from my diet. I usually make a burrito for lunch, or a PB&J sandwich, but I was at the grocery store and decided to throw some vegan "ham" and "cheese" into my cart. I'm satisfied with the nutritional facts, but some of the ingredients I'm not sure about. The "ham" is made from soy, the "cheese" from rice. But I've been told soy isn't healthy, and that both products are made chemically.
Here at the ingredients for:
Baked Ham Style
Water, wheat gluten, soy protein isolate, evaporated cane juice, less than 2% of: tapioca starch, natural flavor (from vegetable sources), yeast extract, natural smoke flavor, sea salt, carrageenan, potassium chloride, tomato pulp, soy sauce (wheat, soybeans, salt), citric acid, fermented rice flour, salt, xanthan gum, paprika oleoresin (color).
Galaxy Nutritional Foods
Cheddar Flavor Rice Vegan Slices
Organic rise base (filtered water, organic rice flour), organic maltodextrin, rice bran oil, pea protein, calcium & sodium phosphates, contains 2% or less of: sea salt, carrageenan, mono & diglycerides, natural flavors, lactic acid (non-dairy), apocarotenal (color), betacarotene.
I know that carrageenan isn't that great, but I don't plan on eating this stuff every day. But if you know just one thing about one ingredient please answer.
I would really appreciate it, thanks
I don't eat much soy, btw. I'll use rice milk or almond milk sometimes.
Allard | 3 days ago
Soy is healthy in it's most natural states, or least processed such as tofu, soy milk, edamame, miso, tempeh and natto. Dr Oz said 2 cups of soy milk a day is healthy. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine supports soy as part of a healthy diet. Visit their website at pcrm.org where you will find a lot of information and references to research done with regard to soy consumption and it's health benefits. Asians have been eating tofu, soy sauce and miso, for centuries and are some of the healthiest people in existence, far healthier than most Americans.
The cheese product sounds fine (at quick glance). The other product I personally would avoid because the soy isolates imply highly processed soy to the point of unrecognizable food. It would no longer be considered anywhere near it's natural state. Dr Oz recommends avoiding soy isolates. Also, I do not wish to support companies like Monsanto who are creating these highly processed soy and corn additives which are closer to chemicals than food. They are being produced for the benefit of monetary gain to Monsanto, and to the detriment of human health as well as contributing to the downfall of organic and natural farmers who have been struggling to bring healthy fresh fruit and vegetables to our tables. Watch the movie 'Food, Inc.' for details.
Good job, cutting dairy! Keep it up. Peace and happiness.
It is important to eat foods with a high energy. Just because your vegan or vegetarian doesn't mean that you have to eat only artificial products that remind you of what you're missing. I'm vegetarian and my diet mainly consists of kashi cereal in the morning (you can replace the milk with rice milk or almond milk if you want), some nut bars (HEALTHY like made by odwalla for example), organic fruits and vegetables, lotso juices (odwalla again :]) and occasionally some bread and soup and/or a meal with beans. I have a light snack at night too. This is just an example of the typeof diet a vegetarian or vegan can thrive upon, although a few of the things i mentioned might not be vegan-friendly :PP
I would recommend to stay away from these packaged foods and artificial products as much as possible. Eat things that are natural and make you FEEL natural when you eat them.
Love is the key
Be careful about soy consumption. Soy is in many, many food products like fillers in bread, in vegetable oils.... There's research showing too much soy can affect a woman's fertility, men's sperm count and is tied to thyroid disease. How much is too much? Good question. But if you're already drinking soy milk and eating tofu every day, be careful about adding more soy. And, like you say, they're full of chemicals.....
This guy drank a lot of soy milk and grew man boobs, plus had other sexual/emotional problems: