When you eat soy

This is what you’re eating when you eat soy; an industrial waste product. Soy as it grows in the field is not actually a low-fat paragon. It’s about 30 percent fat. Once upon a time it was grown for its oil—not because people ate it, but because it was used for paint and glue. In 1913, the USDA listed soy as an industrial material, not as a food. Extracting the oil from soy leaves a defatted mass of protein. The question for industrial agriculture has been what to do with it. In 1975, a smart soy marketer said, “The quickest way to gain product acceptability in the less affluent society…is to have tho product consumed on its own merit in a more affluent society.”

Keith, Lierre. “Nutritional Vegetarians.” The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability. Crescent City, Ca.: Flashpoint, 2009. 224. Print.