A: Recently, questions have been raised about the possible health risks of soy consumption, but the overwhelming majority of studies on soy have shown positive health effects with no adverse effects. Eating soy in moderation is appropriate for a healthy diet. There have been concerns about processed soy products, such as “mock meats,” but moderate intakes of these foods are not known to cause health problems. Some soy products are high in sodium and contain a higher-than-healthy level of fat, so be sure to check the labels and choose the healthier versions. Nonetheless, these foods are much healthier than the animal-derived foods they are intended to replace. If you do choose to avoid soy, you will find it can be easily replaced with other foods. Lentils, beans, and other legumes are a hearty and delicious source of plant-based protein and other nutrients. They are also the richest source of dietary fiber.
Aug 7, 2017
Dr. Michael Greger, of Nutritionfacts.org fame, recently posted a series of videos about levels of arsenic in rice. My takeaways: 1) rice from California & Asia has lower arsenic (avoid rice from southern states of USA) 2) when cooking, boil rice like pasta & drain excess water* 3) vary the grains you eat * I follow Jeff Novick's fool-proof cooking method: In an uncovered pot with generous amount of water, boil brown rice for 30 minutes. Drain it. Place rice back in pot, covered & off of stove burner, for 10 minutes. (I love the popcorn-like smell of cooking rice!)