Wednesday, December 13, 2006


THE DIVERSE PARANOIA OF ZEALOTRY


"Devil food is turning our kids into homosexuals!"

I'm usually loathe to publicize any lifestyle preachments by gun fondlers who believe in the literality of books ghost-written by god, but these people are knocking soybeans and recommending hormone-laden bovine milk to wash down hearty meals of charred chemical-laced, not-yet-mad cow, while blaming early sexual development on tofu! (i. e., Asian men have all been gay for 5000 years or so. That explains the tiny population of China, and those wimpy samurai.)

And elsewhere in that foggy realm, self-conversations like "Just How Much Soy Did Asians Eat? In short, not that much, and contrary to what the industry may claim, soy has never been a staple in Asia," which might sound convincing to a credulous individual who has never left Peoria, lead me to doubt that these people have ever gone anywhere near a real heathen Asian supermarket.

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"These are serious allegations, because soy is often consumed precisely for its considerable protein levels. In my view, there is a kernel of truth behind these charges, though one that Fallon and Enig[*] greatly overstate. It is true that the protein in cooked soybeans is slightly less digestible than that found in most animal foods [as is true of all beans...RB]. However, when soybeans are made into soymilk, tofu, tempeh, and the other common forms of soyfoods, their protein digestibility is enhanced and becomes similar to animal foods. Any negative impact on protein digestibility due to the presence of the enzyme inhibitors found in soybeans is rendered nearly irrelevant in such foods. And even simple soybeans, with their reduced digestibility, are so high in protein and in all the essential amino acids that they could still easily serve as the sole source of protein in a person's diet if that was necessary for some reason."
What about Soy?
by John Robbins

*Fallon and Enig are associated with the Weston A. Price Foundation, a "nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price's research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats."[Aha! emphasis mine]

Best comment I saw on HuffPuff's reference to the article (where you can trace back to the original if you really want to read a strident rant about the devil's dietary machinations):
"I notice that the author fails to cite any of the 'research' he mentions. You would think that he would want to bolster claims such as 'soy formula is the equal of 5 birth control pills a day' with a link. Funny how conservatives will latch onto any wacky scientist if it can be twisted to fit their agenda, but refuse the findings of the many who demonstrate climate change or evolution...
I did notice, however, after consuming some hot-sour soup that contained some tofu, that the drapes in our livingroom really highlight the burgundy in the throw pillows. Hmmmm."

As for me, I've been eating tofu, soybeans, soybean sprouts, tempeh, natto in quantity for about 40 years now, and there's still nothing on earth more beautiful than a woman.

Additional great commentary on this zany zealotry at Pandagon... (read the entertaining comments too!)

4 comments:

Maya's Granny said...

If only I had known before I had that miso soup for lunch today! Well, since I'm a granny already, maybe I won't go gay.

Robert Brady said...

Maybe you have to really, really believe...

Zen said...

Hmmmmm, maybe there is something wrong with me. I eat A LOT of tofu, but still think females are HOT! The female form is one of Gods gifts to man.

Hmmm maybe my tofu is defective...

Trace said...

Oh. My. God. Now, I truely know everything!