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Soy Products and Vegetarian Meat or Dairy Substitutes
Most larger supermarkets carry a variety of soy products, including veggie burgers, ground meat substitutes, tofu and soy milk. Vegetarian burgers come in a huge array of flavors and brands; they can be prepared quickly in a microwave and served with the condiments you'd use on a conventional burger. The ground soy "meats", found either in the produce section or the frozen food section, can be used any way you would use ground beef.



Soy milk is labeled "soy beverage" and is often not displayed in the dairy section; you may need to ask where your store keeps it. It's ideal for people who are lactose-intolerant as well as for vegetarians. It doesn't curdle when heated.

All dried beans and the foods made from them are good sources of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Soybeans have the added attraction of phytoestrogens, and they are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. A diet that includes soy products may reduce the symptoms of PMS and menopause, and may help to prevent certain cancers. However, too much soy, like any other excess, is unwise.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved special health claims for soybean products. Unfortunately, this may lead some people to eat unreasonably large amounts of soybean products. If you eat a lot of any one food, you may harm yourself, even though reasonable amounts are harmless or beneficial.


Soy Products and Vegetarian Meat or Dairy Substitutes


Soy nuts, roasted

Soy grits

Soy sprouts

Soybeans, green (edamame)

Texturized Vegetable Protein (TVP)



Soy cheese

Soy yogurt





Soy burger

Soy Canadian bacon

Soy ham

Soy pepperoni

Soy sausage

Soy turkey

Soy hotdogs


Vegetable burgers

Almond milk

Oat milk

Multi-grain milk

Rice milk

Other soy products

Other vegetarian meats

July 30th, 2013
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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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