Saturday, February 18, 2012 6:52:10 PM
If you're interested in plant-based diets, I highly recommend the book on reversing heart disease by Dr. Esselstyn.
The problem is that I`m not at all interested in cooking or food preparation. To be wholly vegetarian, I`d need some sort of ethical reason strong enough to overcome my lack of interest. I don`t have one. So I`ll continue with eating at work and microwavable ready meals (which, thankfully, are not bad nowadays) because I don`t care enough to change that.
Saturday, February 18, 2012 6:45:06 PM
While looking into Bragg's liquid aminos, I found some startlingly extreme opinions on it. You can find people who straight up call it poison, literally poison.
The manufacturing process does sound horrible (vats of hydrochloric acid, then bucketloads of alkali to neutralise the acidity - that`s what creates the relatively high salt content) but the manufacturing process of a lot of food sounds horrible if it`s described in detail. Modern food production isn`t all organic plants washed in distilled water, that`s for sure.
As for the free glutamic acid it contains, that`s like MSG, which is POISON! Well, sort of, if you eat enough of it or you`re *really* sensitive to it.
But if you read the raving, you`d think that Bragg`s liquid aminos is one part arsenic to two parts cyanide.
Saturday, February 18, 2012 6:25:31 PM
[quote">If you find any research from the past five years or so that's suggesting the phytoestrogens are problematic, let me know. Thanks![/quote">
I last looked several years ago, when I was considering going to a wholly vegetarian diet, no animal-based food at all. What I found was essentially that phytoestrogens have a strong effect in vitro and can be harmful to animals...and nobody knew the effect on humans, especially men.
I`ve just looked again and the situation has changed a bit, but it`s still not at all well studied in male people.
I`ve read a summary of one of the studies wikipedia links to and it indicates that reasonable doses are harmless to men, but maybe not to male people who aren`t yet men (the adverse effects are much stronger on immature male animals than on mature ones).
Friday, February 17, 2012 9:05:26 PM
Regarding the Bragg Liquid Aminos, I don't know if they exclude the phytoestrogens. Although I was concerned about them several years ago (it was one reason I used to be resistant to drinking soy milk), what I`ve read is that recent research is indicating the phytoestrogens aren`t a concern and may be a benefit. (I was just checking now, and the Wikipedia article links to a couple studies of that opinion... haven`t read them yet, though.)
Basically, my sources of protein are nonfat soy milk, a regular dish I have of lentils and brown rice (lentils have a number of otherwise hard-to-get essential aminos), whole grains, and the Bragg Liquid Aminos.
If you`re interested in plant-based diets, I highly recommend the book on reversing heart disease by Dr. Esselstyn. The diet he advocates in that book is the one I follow. Thankfully, I don`t have heart disease. But the diet has a lot of other benefits beyond cardiovascular health.