Two Contrasting Reviews

The first book lauds the vegan diet and includes soy in many recipes, while the second book recommends avoiding or eliminating soy from the diet. Both views seem to have validity, so I leave the research to you!



Vegan Meals for One or Two by Chef Nancy Bergoff, cb4veganimg_0019.jpgR.D.

Chef Nancy Bergoff, a dietitian affiliated with the Vegetarian Resource Group (See VRG information in Profiles) has written a helpful book for anyone interested in eating healthier—–vegetarian or otherwise. Since a vegan is a vegetarian who eats no meat, poultry, or fish, as well as no dairy, eggs, and honey, the information and recipes are suitable not only for vegans, but also for people with allergies or other health-related problems with dairy and/or eggs.

The information is geared towards better choices for eating healthier. Chapter One includes vegan nutrition and healthy living, stocking your shelves, and general information for keeping your kitchen clean and safe. Chapter Two has excellent tips for meal planning and shopping. Since the key is variety, Nancy recommends that within each group of foods listed on pages 23 and 24, we need to pick foods that are enjoyable, otherwise we won’t eat them.

Chapters Three through Eight cover all aspects of eating tasty, healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes, including these topics: Breakfast, One-Pot Wonders, Every Day Cooking as well as Special Day Cooking, and Grab-and-Go recipes. Following the recipes the author provides a
helpful glossary and resources from the Vegetarian Resource Group. As this healthy-cooking dietitian states in her her preface,”Vegan Meals for One or Two suggests a way to save the planet, be kind to animals, and save yourself at the same time.” Quite
> a tall order, but very doable with this book.

Just send $15 to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. OR call 410-366-8343 or visit www.vrg.org..

Below is a sample recipe I plan to try soon because it’s perfect for fall:

Sufferin’ Sweet Potato Succotash

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
3/4 cups frozen lima beans, thawed
Vegetable Oil Spray
1/3 cup diced onion
1 minced garlic clove
10 ounce can sweetpotatoes, drained and diced or 1 1/4 cups diced
sweet potato
1 tsp. white pepper

Directions

In a small bowl, toss together corn and lima beans. Set aside.
Spray a medium-sized pot with oil. Heat and saute onions and garlic
until soft, approximately 2 minutes.
Add corn, limas, sweet potatoes, and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or
until all veggies are hot.
Serve immediately, (although I can see myself eating this cold the
next day as a side veggie. es)


The Hidden Dangers of Soy by Dianne Gregg

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Long before I read Dianne Gregg’s book, I became aware that my diet contained too much processed soy, such as soy milk, soy cheese, and soy yogurt. I had been reading some of the negative information about soy and decided to diversify my diet by adding eggs and some dairy back to my meals. (I actually was a vegan for a while.)

I also focused on tempeh and miso(See Glossary), the two soy products that are fermented and closer to a whole food than other soy products, including tofu, which is made from the milk of the bean, not the whole bean, as is tempeh.

Actually, most American soy products are highly processed. For example, Silk is a soy milk that tastes delicious, but in the processing, too much sugar is added for my health threshold, so I cut out soy milks in general and switched to unsweetened almond or rice milk, neither of which needs sugar to make it palatable.

Because the author discovered she was highly allergic to soy, she did research on her own and come to the conclusion that all soy products are taboo for almost everyone. While I would not go to that extreme, the information Gregg presents is very useful for anyone who even suspects he or she is allergic to soy.

In addition to her story and the soy stories of others, the author delves into the soybean industry, its proposed health claims, where soy is hidden, and soy-free recipes. Her allergy tips and information are helpful, as is her campaign for healthy living, which I applaud. Gregg lists fast food companies that are adding harmful ingredients to our foods, such as trans fats.

I do not agree with everything that Diane Gregg has written, since my take on allergies is that they are the result of a weak immune system. And if we can rebuild our immune system, we might be able to eliminate our allergies. However, Gregg makes some interesting points with many testimonials and research, so her book may be helpful to those of you who may suspect soy is a problem.

Dianne Gregg can be reached through her website: www.OutSkirts press.com. Her book costs $17.95 and is available through her website.



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