Eat soy in moderation. Tofu and other soy foods are an excellent red meat alternative. In some cultures, tofu and soy foods are a protein But if you haven’t grown up eating lots of soy, there’s no reason to go overboard: Two to 4 servings a week is a good target.
Revival soy products are showing great benefit to women as we age. Reduction in mood swings, night sweats, hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
Recommendations to try are, 1 cup of soy milk, 1/2 cup of tofu, a 1/2 cup of tempeh, a 1/2 cup green soy (edamame) or a handful of roasted soy nuts. Each give about 35-50 mg of soy isoflavones. As a whole women need at least 100-160 mg of soy to get relief from menopausal symptoms.
If you have a choice between unfermented soy products, like tofu, and fermented soy products, like tempeh, it’s probably better to go for the fermented variety.The fermentation process drastically reduces the presence of phyto-estrogens (plant estrogens) that are naturally found in soy.
When adding soy to your diet beware it can cause gas, the bacteria in the intestinal track needs to adjust to the new food. If it becomes an issue Beano or digestive enzymes should do the trick.
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