What is the Ketogenic Diet?
We are excited to have found a system that works and to finally be in control of our eating habits even if it only has been a short periodof time. I concur and if you happen to have an adverse reaction to it, as I do, even small amounts are quite damaging. The results are going to be different for everyone, but if you have 20, 30 lbs, or more to lose, then I would expect to be on the diet for at least two months. Between the mint and the honey and the green tea and whatever is in there which isn't much, I'm exaggerating it really tastes like a nice new belt. It was actually a customer service rep who told me I could switch from the meal delivery to just the Turbo Shakes after my first month on the program to lock in the auto-delivery savings without having to commit to another month of food.
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I dip the honey mustard pretzels in various mustards. My favorite is a deli style horseradish mustard. Hi Everyone, I have been on Medifast for a week now and I lost 7 lbs! It was hard at first but am getting use to it. I am glad to be able to have ideas on how to use the Medifast packets to make something different to eat. Good luck to everyone who is on Medifast!
The smell is also horrendous. Any recipe ideas would be greatly appreciated!!! I add the following ingredients to the eggs: Makes all the difference in the world! Best advice I can give is to cook on the stove in a small frying pan MUCH better that when you cook in the microwave. Added some onion powder which also helped. Mix eggs with water and let them soak for a while.
Take out the veggies and cook the eggs; then add the veggies back in. Some salsa helps, too. I add a half serving of egg beaters, try the southwestern. You can also add chopped red pepper and onion to just medifast serving.
Always do scrambled, never microwave, use Pam and scramble in fry pan. Hi, I know this is a bit late, but I use Mrs. Add it before you put it in the microwave. This is my 5th day on MF. I did the eggs according to directions, added 1 tbsp. Drop this bag into a pot of boiling water and boil for 15 minutes.
You can use the salsa on top of the cooked omelet. If you are craving for a pasta, there is a shirataki noodle that is 20 calories, no-oodle noodle and miracle noodle with no calories. That can be your free food. You can also use the tomato soup for a sauce, diced some tomatoes and blend it and add ground meat.
I am soooo excited to get started on this program. Since I am going to be in my first week, can I use these variations right away or do I need to wait until my body starts adjusting? I know my TSFL coach told me to try to stick to the program very strictly to see the desired results.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice! Just finished week 3 and have lost 10 lbs. I am a bit of a food snob, so this has been difficult. I am not a fan of the oatmeal or soups, at all…. I did accidentally find that the cappucino is better cold than hot. I filled my shaker with water to make a shake and acidentally added a cappucino instead of a shake mix.
Its a little quirky and foamy after shaking at first…. When I fixed it hot, half of it foamed and overflowed and the fiber was very noticable and gave it a sludgy consistency. Any suggestions for the oatmeal or soups? The consistency of the oatmeal was awful and the taste not much better.
I like chicken and veg stir fry or a big veg omlette for lean and green. I use the egg beaters and it is a big serving of eggs. The chicken and veggie omlette filled up a regular dinner plate. Many fast food places have a grilled chx salad with mixed greens, cucumber and a few tomatoes. Just watch out for added bacon and cheese and be sure to use you own dressing or read the dressing labels before using it…the majority are not good for you. I also have made a home-ade chili with ground turkey or chicken, low salt canned diced tomato, onion, green chilis or bell pepper, a little water and a bit of taco seasoning or add your own seasoning.
Would also be good with frozen veg meat substitute crumbles…just be sure to check labels for other carb filler additives and carb counts. I added cocoa powder and coffee for a great treat.
Oz today he talked about teas that help with wt. He specifically mentioned Pu-ehr tea that shrinks fat cells, he recommended 2 cups in the morning, White tea, 2 cups at lunch that boosts metabolism, and Chickweed tea, 1 cup with early dinner for late night appetite suppression.
He also talked about coconut palm sugar that regulates glycemic index without highs and lows that cause cravings and fat storage. It is used 1: Used my kruerig using my StarBucks house Blend and made a cup of coffee. I let it cool to room temp and then mixed it with one Truvia and a cappucino packet with the mixer jar with the ball in it.
No weird texture no protein lumps! Any suggestion for Green sides? My mom suggested a coliflower garlic mash, like mashed patatos and it was great. Any help would be great thanks! Preheat oven to Coat cauliflower in olive oil or pam Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic Place on cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper as liner Cook about minutes.
Take out and coat with the balsamic vinegar add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese if you want Put back on sheet and cook about another 10 minutes until dry. I love the chai latte. The trick to making the hot drinks is to heat the water separately first. Put the mix into a mug. Add about a Tablespoon of the heated water and stir into a paste with a whisk. Once it is mixed well add the rest of the water.
You can also add the sugar free coffee syrups to improve the flavor! Try making a homemade marinara sauce. Pomi tomatoes nothing added , celery, onion, garlic, spices and just about any green veggie cut very small in a food processor for a filler. If you want, make it a meat sauce by adding browned ground turkey. You are allowed a little parmesean to make it feel more authentic.
I thought we couldnt use canned tomatoes. If so then what is a serving size of marinara sauce and what does it count as? There are some wonderful recipes in there. Comes out sort of like a shake. You can also use a bit of salt to taste it brings out the flavors. After reading all these recipe suggestions, I look forward to giving this diet a try. If any one has recipes to share please email them to me I would really like that. We are excited to have found a system that works and to finally be in control of our eating habits even if it only has been a short periodof time.
The MF system has a philosophy that we hope to use for the rest of our lives to help us get and stay healthy. Helps me start the day off right. Having a hard time drinking powdered shakes with water in blender bottle. Thanks for the help. Copyright - Get Skinny Be Happy! Get Skinny Be Happy! I found some on line at drugstore. Chocolate chip mini muffins: How many meals are you counting these muffins if you are using the pudding mix?
Same thing for the hot drinks like the Cocoa and the Chai Latte… Reply. I was so confused about what to buy, but this makes it unedrstaandble. I am missing the daily logs! Has anyone tried just drinking a brownie packet as a shake? Brownies made into truffles? I also coat my fry pan with either olive oil or flax oil Reply. Thank you, I just used the splenda and cinnamon and it was much better.
Good Luck to all. Hope this helps Reply. Does anyone have a recipe or suggestions for enhancing the beef stew? I has some left in the freezer Reply. I get mine at Drug Emporium. Aloha…my number Reply. Hi All, I new to MF. Here are my finds so far… Dark chocolate shake is good with a teaspoon of instant decaf coffee, ice cubes and water blended in a small blender.
Hot chocolate is good with a dribble of almond extract added. Pretty much eating all hot meals in my 1 and 2 cup Pyrex measure cups.
I can not wait to try this!!! Several times they have kept me from picking up a drive-thru meal or something when I had one stashed in my purse. I love all the pastas! Some of the frozen meals are really nice as well because they have fresh veggies, which I love. Here are my faves:. Any of the pizzas some are frozen, some not. The hardest part for me is choosing between snack and dessert.
So here are my favorites from this category as a whole. You can make your own choice between savory and sweet! But take this to heart: Looking at that list, does it sound like a diet?
The key, really, is portion control and ingredients. I hope this helps if you are considering Nutrisystem. Definitely pick your own foods and go for the frozen meals as well because so many of them are good! As a member of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, I am receiving free membership to the program in exchange for blog posts.
Next time I am in the er in anaphylaxis I will just say to myself, walk it off. Soy allergy is a lie. I am totally sure the blood allergy tests are a lie too. I am also allergic to nuts and eggs. My son is allergic to beef and pork, although just hives. Unless you have had your airway almost swollen shut then you should really keep your uneducated opinion to yourself. Please check your information before posting. Soy especially GMO soy contains phytoestrogens which even though may be natural is not good for everyone.
Estrogen driven cancers are worsened with phytoestrogens. Soy lecithin is poisonous to me. Soy was good at one point, but in this case if you eat it raw it will kill you because its poisonous in its basic form. Fermented in low quantities has been OK for thousands of years in the Orient.
But some idiot found that processing the Tard out of it was soo cheap the money was so easy to be made from it. They paid for US to use it and enough paid out to look away from the bad side of it. What about soy lecithin and hypothyroidism? Is it a problem to have some in my organic acai breakfast smoothie. I bought protein powder and they say that it contains mg of soy lecithin per serving.
I drink it twice a day so its mg. Is this to much? I am TTC and a acupuncture lady said no soy for me. But its hard to find price decent protein powders with NO soy. Of all the protein powders I found this one has no soy and it tastes brilliant i think because all it has in it is whey.
Kamila, I have never understood why anyone would use protein powders. Protein is so complex and is found in animal and plant sources when combined properly—if you are vegetarian. Have you tried hemp protein?
Hemp seed are a complete protein, which are easily digested, and if grown in Australia they are also organic.
It is legal to purchase them in Australia and take them overseas to be consumed however it is illegal to eat them in Australia. They do not have the effects of marijuana. I have a question. I was told by a midwife that if I take a soy lethicin supplement it will help me heal from ligament stretching in my pelvis. I was unable to walk for two months after the last baby I had and am now pregnant again. Right now I avoid most soy in processed food unless it happens to be in chocolate or eggs in the wintertime feed.
What can I do as I have been told that soy is bad. Your article is saying different and unfortunately I am just taking peoples word about soy because I am not a nutritionist. I do not want to harm the baby as it grows but also would like to avoid this pain after the birth too.
Hello Kim, If your midwife thinks lecithin is a good idea, you could try either sunflower or eggyolk lecithin. I had to use crutches and cried in pain everyday. Good luck and always heal yourself naturally xx. Our cultures have lost the ancient wisdoms handed down by mid-wives and natural healers. The accepted medical supporters today regurgitate what they have been taught, much of which is good, other stuff, not so much. Anything not accepted by Big Pharma and the bought medical system are tossed out as quackery.
My mum was killed by the med profession when in hospital when she was not allowed to bring in her magnesium supplements, so I speak from experience, and resentment. She was simply being assessed at the age of 74, in a hospital suite, for independent living. RiboCein is what we use to increase the natural production of intracellular glutathione and by increasing glutathione gsh inflammation goes down and pain disappears.
Usually allergies are a result of less than perfect immune system and this some times can be corrected. The benefits of increasing glutathione production are too many to list here but allergies gone could be one of them. What about lecithin supplements derived from sunflower seeds? Your article mentions various sources for lecithin, but discusses only soy-derived lecithin. I have a problem with soya and soya products. But what is the reason behind this?
The other 30 converts to MSG and describes a handful of negative effects all the way to liver failure… Article is http: By law lecithin sold in the US cannot contain more than 0. The internet is a wonderful thing anyone including me can write it and it becomes fact or truth. You CB are right about one thing: If they extract 70 percent protein from the soy then it is not 70 that stays in it.
This extraction in the article par. I take soy lecithin as a supplement because of the high phosphatidyl serine content. Should I stop taking it? My daughter suffered from severe eczema last year but now it is under control. I have however noticed that eating kinder chocolate or tunacks tea cake she breaks out in a nettle like rash and is very itchy, both these products contain soya leithcin.
She is still young to get an allergy test but was wondering if she has a soya allergy? This is an important issue with women who have estrogen-positive breast cancer. So now another safe way to deliver vitamin C is no longer safe? We were taking the new kind of delivery system by LiveOn Labs, of soy nanobubbles delivering dissolved C straight through the gut into the bloodstream. This is heartbreaking to me, because my cousin has this breast cancer and we both felt it was safe based on several articles and one medical study abstract, but she has developed new tumors in spite of doing everything she can to filter her water, give up processed foods, changing to organic toiletries, and in general reading all labels.
She is off the lipospheric C and now just takes the Ester C. Hello Tess, There is another very effective way to take vitamin C, dissolve the crystals in water with half as much baking soda and after it stops fizzing, drink.
Here is a video of Captain Randall the author of Forbidden Healing showing how: I have not seen this, but do wonder how the baking soda helps get it through the gut without breaking down the C. I will certainly check this out. My husband and I also take the liposomal vitamin c though, we make our own and really like the way it works. I have often wondered whether or not the soy lecithin has an effect on my hormones. It seems when I take it my mood changes.
We have, however, used sunflower lecithin as a substitute, but I am not sure that it works as well as soy lecithin. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that there are other lecithins on the market. After reading about the use of sunflower lecithin in dark chocolate, I am wondering if the amount of sunflower lecithin just needs to be changed in liposomal vitamin c. Please take a look at the research ers associated with grassrootshealth net or carole baggerly.
And check out vitamindcouncil org. Among its uses by different cells of the body: You body may or may not need it in different quantities eg, used up faster when fighting the flu, cancer, etc. A lot of recent US maladies have likely come from the advice of using sunscreen so much rather than get the minutes of midday UVB sunlight needed for health. Some research even shows indoor workers with 3x rate of melanoma than those who work outside less UVB and higher UVA since in part windows filter out UVB so roll down window during the middle day for at least a few minutes if you can.
Please look at the research and try this natural.. It correlates low in people with many types of cancers. Sample Carole quote from skinnymom com: Very, very committed to pursuing primary prevention, especially through the active use of vitamin D. I am not sure that is all you are doing, but you may want to read up on the Gerson Protocol and all other literature that promotes a healthy raw whole-foods diet to help with cancer. Mayo Clinic has a web site that sates no male child should ever be put on soy milk, due to estrogen content.
Also, that any male still wishing to have children should avoid soy, as it will reduce testosterone levels. China and Japan have a long history of high soy consumption and they now have the highest populations. Japan also had among the lowest breast cancer rates in the world until about a decade ago when the birth control pill was made legal.
Ergo, it has not increased breast cancer rates in any noticeable way. Can anyone comment about soy and infertility in men? Lecithin is a major ingredient in Sperm. There seems to be some information out there, that increasing intake of raw eggs or soy lecithin can really increase sperm volume. Would liver also help this? I guess it has Choline but not sure.
Seems like the wise choice would be cage free, good diet, raw eggs in a smoothie perhaps. I mean Soybean oil with show up in a can of water based Tuna! Some Soy products have to be worse than others. Or using a healthy as i can find Stir Fry sauce.
Which is a really tough task. Their all mostly salty MSG crap! If anything, soy increases fertility. Only assumptions based on similarity to estrogren. High intake levels of soy and soy products have been shown to produce or add to your estrogen levels, lowering sperm count and T-levels lots of effects for men.
Normal intake of soy is about 25 grams, but as I get older and my natural ability to produce T decreases, I have reduced the amount of soy intake. For women an increased chance of breast and cervical cancer may exist with high levels of estrogen. Also bone density will decrease if the levels of T decreases. Just think of T levels being inversely proportional to estrogen levels as a rule of thumb. No, I know both sides of the soy issue and choose to stay away unless it is fermented and then only in moderation.
Soy formula was approved by WIC back in and now those women who were fed soy formula have thyroid issues. Breast cancer rates are ever increasing and girls as young as 7 are starting their periods and developing breasts. Too much is unknown. Found the article on sugar very enlightening, thank you. Please explain to me if soy protein powder, which I have been taking for years as a supplement, is harmful to me. I assume it is not fermented.
I am female aged 75 and I run and lift weights. Thank you Regards Carla. Even then in moderation. I too wonder who is paying Chris to pass out this mis-information.
This goes for Dr. Most times you can simply follow the money to their opinion. So from reading this it seams to me that men should do their best to not consume any soy products or flax seed?
I would never consume anything soy especially if it is not Non GMO and or fermented. Get sunflower lecithin instead. If your child has food allergies ie: My guess is the soy foundation!
Soy may not be dangerous for the body but most of it is made with seriously dangerous toxic for the soil, air, water and people living closed by, so for the sake of supporting a better environment, including the people living around, I strongly suggest we all get off soy totally.
Lecithin from sunflower, eggs, liver, pollen, etc. I am a food lover but always make sure what i am putting into my stomach before taking it. I had severe sinus infections for almost 6 years after living in a mold infested house.
I tried everything to get rid of them and eventually found one site that suggested Soy Lecithin might be connected to sinus inflammation.
I cut it out and the sinus infections stopped. My father[ageyr] under treatment for moderate to severe dementia of Alzheimer type with both drugs [ mamentine HCL in morning and Donep in night- each 10 mg. And they put it in infant formula. Hi Chris, the great dr Jensen highly recommended soy lecithin. Are you aware of the studies using flax seed that helped the body metabolize estrogen into the cancer protective metabolites?
You stuck to facts and put things in perspective. An answer to that question could have been the most important part of your article. I would like an answer to that, too. Elevated cholesterol and hypothyroid seem to go hand in hand. What can we do to lower our cholesterol? I found another source that said soy lecithin powder has had the estrogens and other toxic compounds removed but that the granulated form has soybean oil mixed with the powder and does contain some of these compounds.
Is this enough to be concerned about, and why would they add soybean oil to the soy lecithin powder? Soy Lecithin is now commonly used as a mixing emulsifier, especially with chocolate. I so wish Soy lecithin was taken out of everything and rated as a poison.
I might one day be able to live here without being in fear of digesting Soy lecithin. I assume this would also apply to infant formula. Carolyn, from what I can glean, soy lecithin is much higher in phosphatides than sunflower lecithin.
I believe the concerns of the soy source are overblown. According to Carlson Wade, author of Lecithin Book, What You Need to Know, published , the best lecithin is pure lecithin granules which contain over 95 percent phosphatides and about 2 percent soybean oil.
Soy formula sets your baby up for thryoid issues, breast cancer and for boys a low sperm count. All the formulas which is given to newborns as well come with soy lecithin as an emulsifier. The two latest comments about soy lecithin are interesting but when mentioning sources of lecithin fail to mention sunflower lecithin: Lecithin has long been used as a health supplement. Here are some of the benefits: Actually, this article is a better source: I take soy lecithin daily.
From day one, I noticed improvement in my short term memory. I am worried a little about the estrogen effect but so far I have no problem. Hi just wanted to weigh in on soy. Being an RD I like to keep up to date with current research and recommendations. This is a great article that talks about soy and cancer risk, which many people are still very afraid of eating any soy, should alleviate some concerns. Soyfoods and Cancer http: I had so much good cholesterol the doc told me to keep doing whatever the hell I was doing.
I stopped taking it due to some research suggesting it would mishape blood cells, but im thinking low dose lecethin supplementation could be a good thing? Wish I could find a diet like Nutrisystem that used whey-based products and not soy.
I am an estrogen-positive breast cancer survivor and am quite overweight, and due to back issues cannot exercise. If anyone is aware of a meals-delivered diet company that has a good concentration of soy-free products, please let me know! I am desperate to get this weight off because I know my chances for survival are much better if I do.
You should take a look at Soylent contrary to the name it is not a Soy based food. It does contain a small amount of Soy Lecithin, but other than that it is primarily made up of Oats, Brown Rice, and Corn. Where do you live? Google and see if there are any companies near you that make fresh paleo meals weekly — these will not have any soy in them. And please know that all calories are not created equal! Eat whole foods, cut out all the processed junk to include soda- diet and regular , and get rid of grains and that will help you get rid of the weight!
Like a couple of other posts I am a breastfeeding mother who is having issues with recurrent blocked milk ducts. Lecithin supplements are recommended to prevent clogged ducts but the advised dosage is mg daily. Would you be able to offer any advice? I tried skimming through all these comments, FIRST, to see if my question was addressed, but I did not see it — so please forgive me if it was discussed already.
What can you, Mr. Kresser tell me about this — and would you please respond to my e-mail? I am very allergic to soy, with a very specific reaction that differs from my other allergies. It has been difficult to find the soy in my diet recently. After looking up one of the E ingredients E , I found that it is lecithin, and most likely soy.
I am certain that this is the source of my recent problems. It angers me to see sources saying that soy lecithin and soy oil do not affect people with soy allergy. It is also frustrating that most milk products are having soy added to them canned milk and powdered milk. I drink fresh milk, but I like to use stronger milk as a sweetener. Even makeups are switching ingredients to soy.
I all of a sudden have a reaction, and find they have changed their formulae. I have contacted several companies, but unless other people do to, it feels hopeless that things will get safer. Watch what you eat, most animals fed Soy lecithin, have it in their meat and eggs.
I can only eat one egg a day, anymore and I get Soy lecithin sickness. Chris where are your federal based evidence data in this sory? And China bans direct consumption of GM soy.
Although outside the scope of this article, which is health focused, I wanted mention that some people like me avoid soy for policial reasons. There is over production of GMO soy in this country and it is ruining our biodiveristy and putting small farmers organic and non out of business.
Kresser has written about before???? It is not an allergy. I was given two boxes of wonderful sounding tea for Christmas…but with soy lecithin….
Do I avoid them to be safe, or can I enjoy them guilt free? Anyone with thyroid issues should avoid all soy products. You also say, that products have so little amount in them. Please clarify, Thank you. Forget about what the studies so far are telling us, but in terms of the actual compounds or processes themselves, most of them hold some sort of potential health risk.
You say it yourself, soy lecithin appears in all kinds of foods, I know, because I am going out of my way to avoid it, a job which calls for huge determination! I think it is important for spokespeople, representing medical science and industry, to keep in mind that not everyman thralls through the ingredient list to look and see if there are potentially contents that calls for further research before consumption. After reading all the info I wonder if it is worth the risk since I also have high blood pressure.
In fact my oncologist is not freaked out about soy at all really. She said in moderation is fine. Is soy lecithin dangerous for breast cancer survivors? I keep getting mixed information. My cousin was taking the lipsomal C which is made with non GMO soy lecithin. We talked My Sunflower Oil into making lecithin granules so we could make it at home, but even sunflowers have phytoestrogens.
Someone needs to find out the truth about this. No articles or studies out there agree on this issue. Just want to say that after having severe hives for suddenly for several years I have finally narrowed it down to happening when I eat foods that have soy lecithin.
Everything from cheese, chocolate, red vine candy to all kinds of frozen foods…. I generally avoid soy as much as possible except for the small amounts of raw fermented organic soy sauce and soy lecithin in some chocolates. However, I do eat about tablespoons of whole flax seeds per day. I read somewhere that only ground flax seeds have estrogenic effect on the body and that whole flax seeds are ok to consume.
And, what about chia seeds? Do they contain phytoestrogens as well? I am a breastfeeding mama and recently had several clogged ducts. I was told to take a tablespoon of soy lecithin a day because it thins out the milk without lessening its quality so that its easier to loosen the plug. I took it because I was doing everything possible to avoid mastitis and having to take antibiotics.
Not sure if it made a huge difference but I was able to unclog the ducts and not get an infection. Any idea why it would thin breastmilk? Would you disagree with that? Soy issues are often allergies. It is great that you obviously have no allergies to soy. If you want more sweetness, add a couple of drops of stevia liquid. Easy to remove by pressing a sharp knife down the side. It usually pops up. Sometimes I need to run hot water on the inverted cup for a few seconds; then it pops out.
The article is good but does not provide the meat that I was looking for. If you decide to dig more into it, here are the comments. Soy lecithin, apart from additives, I think it can be a very good supplement for brain function, if and ONLY if, the phospholipids in the lecthin piece are untouched and not getting modified in some way in the chemical process.
Then what amount of phytoestrogens do these lecithin blends contain. Is there any limit? Is there any source to find which supplement not additive contain what amount of phytoestrogens?
When the supplements mention, like phosphatidylcholine or Phosphatidylserine, is sourced from Soy lecithin, mg of lecithin contains mg of the above stuff, then what is rest mg? Is there any way that you can find this information apart from the manufacturer. Supplement market is not regulated by the FDA but it should by some body , so they can make all wild claims that they like but they do not suffer from it.
What is the difference between Soy lecithin and Sunflower lecithin, for example? I think, I will stop for time being. Like the way you write your articles though, with scientific proofs but just avoid Life Extension articles style, where they cherry pick their references. Sorry Aysin but that article did not show why the Japanese live longer than anyone else…… they regularly consume soy….
I had never before heard of soy lecithin. I think the main point here is that the food industry uses too many chemicals and additives in general. We need to eat natural foods like we were meant to!
For all of the people that love chocolate and worry about the ingredients, you should learn how to make your own. Thanks for this informative, balanced information! I really appreciate your level-headed approach to foods that others in the alternative health community might just blindly condemn. However, I believe constant, irrational food paranoia is almost certainly a major stressor to the body. Hey Chris, just a quick note about gluten-free, cane sugar, and soy-free chocolates: I consume flaxseed for its phytoestrogens and avoid soy for its phytoestrogens, because they are different.
On the other hand soy phytoestrogens make an estrogenic effect in body. I felt like Chris was making a different point about it, maybe someone can explain what was implied more detailed. Please explain if what I do may be bad. I will also be cautious about gmo soy lecithin being used in anything I consider consuming though gmos in human food is forbidden in the country I live in, luckily I do not buy processed foods.
While it is true that the amounts of soy lecithin may be small in chocolate, I think we need to apply more pressure to the food industry to eliminate soy additives from our food. And it is more than just about personal health. We need to focus on the larger picture of what soy production is doing to the environment and to the health of those other than ourselves. Their fair-trade organic line appears to have disappeared. I read recently that the greater portion of the soy in products here in the United States is grown and processed in China.
There are no standards in China to regulate whether they use GMO seeds or the manner with which they process the soybeans. How much of this is true? Okay for some but not for me. Someone looked at the ingredients and saw it has soy lecithan as an ingredient. Thank you for your balanced approach once again to diet and supplements with excellent scientific support. Although a direct link to heart attack has not been made, researchers recently showed that intake of phosphatidylcholine, a major component of lecithin, temporarily raises blood levels of the compound TMAO.
TMAO is produced from the choline in phosphatidylcholine by the actions of microbes in the gut and enzymes in the liver. TMAO appears to advance atherosclerosis hardening of the arteries by reducing the normal clearing of cholesterol. Chris actually addressed that exact study in a previous article! The chocolate you recommend has a fair amount of sugar, as do most of the others recommended here.
I gave up on commercial chocolates, almost all are cooked for days and are sweetened with sugar. I used to eat a fair amount of dark chocolate and it would make me break out and not feel good. Could you explain then why Japanese women and men live longer than anyone else in the world and regularly consume soy?
Why yes, Jane, Chris did actually address this very question recently: He eats no soy products, not even lecithin.
If he has even minute amounts of soy lecithin, his symptoms of facial redness, digestive problems, and insomnia start up again. He has no reaction to sunflower lecithin.
My 2 chocolate cents: Chocolate eaters — try Lindt Excellence! I do get a headache but it must be the cocoa itself causing it, not soya in this instance. Thank you for posting about the soy lechithin. I always find your insights on these matters valuable. A distinctive approach with logic and intent to provide a level headed solution is a worthwhile endeavor!
I have found myself reflecting many times on your work and have applied many changes in my famiies life and health based on your perspective! So many thanks are in order.
Which lead me back yet to you once again today, regarding the phosphlipids. Particularly with the Vit C combo with phospholipids for my husband who suffered a heart attack in Aug at the tender age of 43 last year!
Long story and journney since then. He is no longer type 2 diabetic and would have to contribute that fact much to you! However he is still struggling with arterial plaques requiring stent placements. I suspect its the vitamin C, just my gut feeling considering his cholesterol levels should not warrant the continuing blockages forming. Also, he was on metoprolol which the diabetic journals had an article outlining that is evident that this bp med actually worsens arterial plaques!
So, am hoping that was our nasty coulperate! Trying to ensure we enable his body to heal! I can no longer look at a plate of food and just see food, I see a combination of potentially benefical nutrients and or potentially chemical laden, nutrient robbing toxins! Often feel like the mad scientist preparing smoothies and meals for targeted nutrition! All this has taught me so much and thanks to your work, enabling me to make strategic choices!
My thoughts were this though, Regarding the Phospholipids and vit C…. I know that coconut oil facilitates absorption of just about anything good or bad! But could it be that the the MCT can also be a suitable form of phospholipids with the Vitamin C as well? Thanks for any input you may have to offer! I avoid all soy as much as possible and also avoid soy lecithin as much as possible.
I have to make my own chocolates with coconut oil to get my fix. I take sunflower lecithin due to the lack of a gall bladder. I know soy inhibits thyroid hormones. Does soy lecithin inhibit them as well? Just to weigh in on the chocolate issue. It is my absolute favorite chocolate. I take no money from them or anyone else to promote this chocolate.
Thanks for all the research you do. You bring some sanity to a world filled with hype and headlines. I had read somewhere several years ago that Stevia also can effect hormones. But have not been able to find that article. Do you know anything about that? Or was that just an advertising scare from the sugar company to keep people from buying and using Stevia as a sweetener. I enjoy reading most of what you write. I get this question a lot from my patients and you did a great job summarizing the major concerns and questions.
Is there another you would recommend if a pt just wanted to check for soy? You are spreading half truths. How much did it cost to buy you off?? My recommendations have always been evidence based. I dislike hysterical web claims that are based only on hearsay and lead to unnecessary stress and overly restrictive approaches to diet and supplements. Show me credible, peer-reviewed evidence that contradicts anything written in any of these articles, and we can have a real discussion.
Chris, thank you for being one of the most level-headed figures in the paleo community. And the lashing out at others like the above commentator just shows the immaturity.