Soy products are known for prevention of the most common cancers worldwide. For cancer patients diagnosed with prostate cancer, isoflavone sensitizes the effect of radiotherapy and cytotoxic chemotherapeutic drugs used. One down fall however is, if you are in hormone therapy, doctors recommend that you don’t take any soy product since it might nullify this cancer treatment.
But how do we incorporate soy into our daily diet? The best way is to imitate the traditional Japanese and the Chinese cuisine. While some of the ingredients are not always available, soy milk and tofu are accessible at your local groceries store. Scientific studies have shown that a high consumption, like a pint of soy milk ,has been associated with reduced risk of cancer. Use soy milk as you would use regular milk, Mix with cereal, soups and cream sauces.
Adding soy to your diet is easy. Use tofu in all types of recipes. You can mix tofu with meat, make spreadable dips for using with vegetables or on bread and crackers. The mixture would be 1 part tofu for 9 parts of your usual ingredients. Use firm tofu to replace ricotta or cottage cheese that can be called for in your pasta recipes like in lasagna. Crumble firm or extra firm tofu with spices to be used in spaghetti, chili and taco dishes. Soft tofu makes a thick, smooth dressing for salads and mayonnaise when poured with other dressing.
Tofu has a great capacity to pick up flavor. Flavor in dips, dressings and sauces will often improve if left to stand before serving. Replace all or part of cream in creamed soups with soft tofu. And you can create smoothies with soft tofu by just blending it with your favorite fruits and juices. Be creative;you are in control. If you need an idea here is one: Soy Smoothie.