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Sea Shepherd

Sea SHEPHERD

“Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization”

By GREEN CUISINE

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization that we are so excited to support. For the months of December 2019 and January 2020, all funds raised from the Climate Action Discount Cards will go to Sea Shepherd.  How it works: when you purchase a $20 Climate Action Discount Card, you get 10% off at Green Cuisine for an entire year, and the entirety of that money goes to a non-profit organization that are working hard to make positive changes in our world. To share the love, we change up the recipient every 2 months.

A bit about Sea Shepherd: (from seashepherd.org)

“Established in 1977, our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. We use innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.”

Green Cuisine appreciates their global efforts, and we love that there is a local chapter here in Victoria. They work hard to protect the beautiful and important ocean habitats and the creatures that inhabit them. They are making great efforts to end cetacean captivity, help sea turtles, prevent poaching, and help wild salmon — just to name a few! We appreciate that this organization lives and promotes vegan values in order to protect our oceans and its inhabitants.

Thank you Sea Shepherd, for making a world a better place for all of us on and off land!

Have you heard about Sea Shepherd’s amazing efforts before?

To learn more about what they are doing, and how you can support Sea Shepherd, check out their website here:

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Is Soy Healthy?

Is SOY HEALTHY?

Addressing some common myths can help us choose our foods

By GREEN CUISINE

Let’s talk about soy! In this blog we will discuss some of the common myths about soy,  the reasons why we love soy, and how you can eat it. We want to help you decide if soy is right for you! We believe it is very important to be transparent about the ingredients we use and why we use them, because we are here to provide nutritious and delicious vegan food to the community every day!

We use soy in some of our dishes at Green Cuisine, in the form of tofu, tempeh, soy milk, miso, or soy sauce.  If you are soy-free, however, we do have lots of options for you too. We have learned a lot about soy and are excited to talk about it and share its delicious and nutritious benefits with you.

So why do we love soy?

Soy foods have a number of health benefits that are backed by credible scientific studies. Plus, it is delicious, versatile, and cruelty-free! It has been eaten for many years all over the world, and is a traditional food for many cultures. 

Soy is a complete protein.

Soy is a plant protein that contains all of the essential amino acids, also known as a “complete protein.”  It is cholesterol free, high in protein, and not any significant source of carbohydrate or fat so it can be a great addition to many different meals, or eaten as a snack on its own depending on your needs.

Is soy safe?

Yes, soy for human consumption is totally safe (and health-promoting) as long as it is organic and non-gmo. Almost all tofu and soy products on the market are organic and non-GMO.  However, most soy grown for animal feed is heavily sprayed as well as genetically modified, so you are indirectly consuming unsafe soy if you are eating animal products such as meats and dairy. All soy foods at Green Cuisine are organic and non-GMO, and we even make our own Tofu and Tempeh ourselves.

Phytoestrogens  & Estrogen Myth

Fortunately, soy is totally safe (and beneficial!) for people concerned about estrogen related disease. Because the estrogen in soy is a plant estrogen, called phytoestrogen, it does not cause estrogen production in males or females. It is a myth commonly perpetuated by meat and dairy industries, but fortunately, unbiased science has found that we do not have to have these concerns. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, and research has actually shown that the phytoestrogen can block excess estrogen production in breast cancer cells. 

Who should avoid soy?

If you are allergic to soy, then it makes sense to avoid it. “A national survey found that only about 1 in 2,000 people report a soy allergy. That’s 40 times less than the most common allergen—dairy milk—and about ten times less than all the other common allergens—like fish, eggs, shellfish, nuts, wheat, or peanuts.” So, while soy allergies are uncommon, it is important to avoid it if you are allergic, because like with any allergen, small amounts ingested can still cause troubles depending on the severity. It is more common for children to have soy allergies than adults, with the majority of these allergies being outgrown as they age.

Fermentation

Some soy foods are fermented (miso, tempeh) and some are not (tofu, soy milk.) Fermented foods can be beneficial for feeding healthy gut bacteria. Our gut health is directly linked to many of our body systems, so it is important to keep track of our gut health. Tempeh (and other great foods like kimchi and sauerkraut) is a popular choice if you are looking for a probiotic powerhouse.

Is soy sustainable?

It is very important to us that we are enjoying our food as well as caring for our beautiful planet Earth. There is a common misconception that eating tofu and soy products harms our environment, when (fortunately) it just isn’t the case. It is true that there is soy related deforestation happening in the world, but this is for soy fed to animal livestock. The soy that humans consume in the form of tofu and other plant-based foods makes up only 6% of the global soy production. By eating plant-based soy foods, you are consuming far less soy than you would indirectly from consuming animal flesh foods. A recent study suggests that “if everyone in America were to remove meat from their diet, there would be enough extra grain grown to feed 1.4 billion people!”

Does it taste good?

Next time you come in to Green Cuisine, check out our refrigerator- we have many varieties of our own tempeh, tofu, and other yummy things (both with and without soy) that you can take home and cook yourself. Tofu comes in a variety of firmness levels, for different culinary uses. It can absorb the flavour of savoury dishes, and soft tofu can even be used in desserts, too. If you’re here to dine-in, our buffet has some tofu and tempeh dishes, which can be a great way to try out a few different ways of having soy foods to see what you like best.  We love the versatility of these foods, and that tofu and tempeh can fit in with the flavour profiles of many different cuisine styles. You can view today’s restaurant menu here, and you can sort it by different categories based on your dietary preferences.

What do you think?

What’s your favourite soy food or drink? Do you eat soy every day? 

References/ Resources:

Please take a look through this information as a starting point. There are so many more interesting facts to know about soy!

www.nutritionfacts.org

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/who-shouldnt-eat-soy/

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/fermented-or-unfermented-soy-foods-for-prostate-cancer-prevention/

Explain Like I’m 5: Why Tofu Consumption Is Not Responsible for Soy-Related Deforestation

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-offermenting