Dr Fresh introduces ... the soybean milk maker ...
BLAZE FARRENDER discovers that with one easy product, the very vegan-centric question "how to make your own soy milk" is answered ...
Dr Fresh Soybean Milk Maker
All on one Soybean milk maker, juicer, blender and food processor. Introducing Dr Fresh the easy and elegant way to make fresh soy milk as well as rice, almond and other nutritious milks. Imagine the creamiest yummiest soy milk for your family, knowing exactly what's in it. Easy to clean and operate, Comes with complete instructions. One touch operation automatically grinds, filters and brews delicious soymilk from soaked soybeans. How the Dr FRESH Soy Milk Maker works - soaked soybeans are placed in the chamber with water, then Dr FRESH grinds the soybeans and extracts the protein. A micro-processor heats the soy protein and water at the optimum temperature and time period. In about 20 minutes delicious soymilk is available, all with only a push of one button! Available from The Health ArtsCollege Shop Ph: 1300 658 326 Email: shop @thacollege.com web: www.thacollege.com
Soy in the News: Soy Health Benefits vs Risks
It was strange timing when I came to explore the Dr Fresh Soy Milk Making Machine because suddenly in the news there was a national product recall for Bonsoy, which is very much the cultivated person's soy milk, being imported by Spiral Foods which is one of the most ethical food suppliers in Australia. Bonsoy is preferred by most baristas and cafe managers and owners, but it appears that the kombu seaweed ingredient in it has caused an over-abundance of iodine to be in the product, so that just one glass of Bonsoy was giving a quantity of iodine over seven times higher than the recommended daily dose. Spiral Foods acted quickly to recall the product, but now people are appearing everywhere claiming to have hyperthyroid problems as evidenced by the many Bonsoy drinkers with health problems appearing on this website: Voxy.co.nz
Eg check out this account from Kris from Melbourne (not verified) on the above link: "I drink a lot of Bonsoy, sometimes we go through a litre a day. I have been very unwell for the past 4 months and was Diagnosed with a Thyroid Flush - Thyrotoxicosis or Thyrosis. I am still on Heart medication to slow the Heartbeat down as it was going overboard 24 hours a day. My Thyroid counts were off the charts when diagnosed T4's were greater than 75 and T3's were greater than 30, they don't register above these levels. I have been very very sick and was off work for 2 months, then a gradual return. To hear that BonSoy can cause this today, I am dumbfounded and will be contacting Spiral Foods in the future."
Here's a story from AAP about it: "An inner Sydney cafe is facing up to half a million dollars in fines after it was caught selling Bonsoy soy milk. The milk was recalled on December 23 2009 when 10 people, including a newborn baby, fell ill with thyroid problems in NSW. The product was recalled nationally after it was found to contain unusually high levels of iodine, which may affect the thyroid and cause people to feel unwell, Food Standards Australia (FSA) said. The Luxe Bakery Cafe on Missenden Road in Newtown is now facing up to $500,000 in fines after the FSA was tipped off that it was still selling the product."Ignorance is no excuse," Primary Industries Minister Steve Whan said in a statement on Sunday."The NSW government does not tolerate businesses that breach food safety and put consumers at risk."Our priority is ensuring this product is off the shelves and out of coffee shops and cafes so consumers can dine with confidence."A healthy daily iodine intake is about 80-150 micrograms for adults. Testing found drinking just one-eighth of a cup of Bonsoy, which is imported from Japan and contains seaweed, would exceed the daily safety limit of 1,100 micrograms, the FSA said. The authority was alerted after the nine ill people, aged between 29 and 47, plus the baby, reported using the brand. There are no obvious symptoms from excessive iodine intake, but people may feel generally unwell or lethargic, the FSA says."
From the Street Corner website: "Daily consumption of a cup of Bonsoy soy milk could lead to a daily iodine intake of more than 7,500 micrograms at the levels tested. Chronic consumption of high levels of iodine may affect the thyroid and cause people to feel generally unwell. Anybody consuming Bonsoy soy milk product over a prolonged time who feels generally unwell should consult their doctor ... The only soy milk product identified through testing to have high levels of iodine to date is Bonsoy soy milk."
More on soy and thyroids: For people who have a thyroid disorder, and/or are taking medication for one, some research has suggested a relationship between soy and thyroid function. Fortunately, Mark Messina, soy expert, recently co-authored a review article that evaluated several studies on this subject and concluded: "… collectively the findings provide little evidence that in euthyroid [having a normal thyroid gland], iodine-replete [no iodine deficiency] individuals, soy foods, or isoflavones adversely affect thyroid function. In contrast, some evidence suggests that soy foods, by inhibiting absorption, may increase the dose of thyroid hormonerequired by hypothyroid patients. However, hypothyroid adults need not avoid soy foods." (Thyroid. 2006 Mar;16(3):249-58.) Thus, it is possible that in people with a pre-existing hypothyroid condition, their soy intake may affect the dose of medication needed. Those individuals need to consult their doctor, who will make recommendations on medication dose based on blood tests and other observations. From http://www.vegfamily.com/dietician/1006a.htm
The History of Soy Milk (from Wikipedia)
The oldest evidence of soy milk production is from China where a kitchen scene proving use of soy milk is incised on a stone slab dated around A.D. 25–220. It also appeared in a chapter called Four Taboos (Szu-Hui) in the A.D. 82 book called Lunheng by Wang Chong, possibly the first written record of soy milk. Evidence of soy milk is rare prior to the 20th century and widespread usage before then is unlikely. According to popular tradition in China, soy milk was developed by Liu An for medicinal purposes, although there is no historical evidence for this legend. This legend appeared in the late 15th century in Bencao Gangmu, where Li was attributed to the development of tofu with no mention of soy milk. Later writers in Asia and the West additionally attributed development of soy milk to Liu An, assuming that he could not have made tofu without making soy milk. However, it is also likely that Liu An has been falsely attributed to the development of tofu by writers after his time.
Health Claims for Soy Milk - & Health Risks
Plain soy milk is very nutritive: it's an excellent source of high quality proteins, isoflavones and B-vitamins. Soy milk is free of the milk sugar (lactose) and is a good choice for people who are lactose intolerant. Also, it is a good alternative to those who are allergic the proteins of cow's milk.
Soy milk has about the same amount of protein (though not the same amino acid profile) as cow's milk. Natural soy milk contains little digestible calcium as it is bound to the bean's pulp, which is insoluble in humans. To counter this, many manufacturers enrich their products with calcium carbonate available to human digestion. Unlike cow's milk, it has little saturated fat and no cholesterol. Soy products contain sucrose as the basic disaccharide, which breaks down into glucose and fructose. Since soy doesn't contain galactose, a product of lactose breakdown, soy-based infant formulas can safely replace breast milk in children with galactosemia.
Soy milk is promoted as a healthy alternative to cow's milk for reasons including:
- Source of lecithin and vitamin E
- Lacks casein
- It is safe for people with lactose intolerance or milk allergy
- Contains far less saturated fat than cow's milk.
- Contains isoflavones, organic chemicals that may possibly be beneficial to health.
In 1995, the New England Journal of Medicine (Vol.333, No. 5) published a report from the University of Kentucky entitled "Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Soy Protein Intake on Serum Lipids." It was financed by the PTI division of DuPont, The Solae Co of St. Louis. This meta-analysis concluded that soy protein is correlated with significant decreases in serum cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL, bad cholesterol), and triglyceride concentrations. However, high density lipoprotein (HDL, good cholesterol) did not increase. Soy phytoestrogens (isoflavones: genistein and daidzein) absorbed onto the soy protein were suggested as the agent reducing serum cholesterol levels. In 1998, on the basis of this research, PTI filed a petition with FDA for a health claim that soy protein may reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted this health claim for soy: "25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease." One serving of soy milk (1 cup or 240 mL), for instance, contains 6 or 7 grams of soy protein.
In January 2006, an American Heart Association review (in the journal Circulation) of a decade-long study of soy protein benefits cast doubt on the FDA-allowed "Heart Healthy" claim for soy protein. The panel also found that soy isoflavones do not reduce post-menopause "hot flashes" in women, nor do isoflavones help prevent cancers of the breast, uterus, or prostate. Among the conclusions, the authors state,
"In contrast, soy products such as tofu, soy butter, soy nuts, or some soy burgers should be beneficial to cardiovascular and overall health because of their high content of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals and low content of saturated fat. Using these and other soy foods to replace foods high in animal protein that contain saturated fat and cholesterol may confer benefits to cardiovascular health."
However, the soy industry has also received similar criticism for reasons which include (but are not limited to) the following:
A 2008 study found that men who consume an average of half a portion of soy products per day are more likely to have a lower concentration of sperm. The study found a decreasing trend in sperm concentration correlated with the amount of isoflavones (oestrogen like chemicals) consumed as part of a soy rich diet. The study acknowledges further broader replication is required as it focused predominantly on overweight caucasian men.
High levels of phytic acid bind to important nutrients like calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc during digestion. However, as a comparison, cow's milk is known for significantly slowing down the absorption of iron and, additionally, calcium from other than dairy sources (like kale, sesame).
Many manufacturers of soymilk utilize a food additive called carrageenan in their formulas as a thickener. Carrageenan is extracted from seaweed using powerful solvents, and certain forms of it have been implicated in various human cancers and digestive disorders. Regardless of the debated health issues surrounding carrageenan, it is one reason that some people conclude that they are "allergic" to soy milk when they have digestive upset after consuming brands with carageenan. Several brands of soymilk do not contain carrageenan, and so are preferable for sensitive persons. Persons with interstitial cystitis may need to eliminate all soy milk from their diets, as even carrageenen-free versions often irritate the bladder and cause "flares".
Although soy milk is generally suitable for babies or infants, some baby formulas based on soy protein are used primarily in the case of lactose intolerant children, those allergic to cow's milk, or parental preference for a vegetarian or vegan diet. These formulas commonly contain extra carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals. However, care must also be taken to avoid feeding soy milk to children with "soy protein intolerance".
How to Make Soy Milk at Home
Many people find the cost of commercial soymilk to be prohibitive and make soy milk at home. They soak and crush soy beans and filter the liquid, which is soy milk. Some have invested in a soy milk machine that cooks and grinds the soy beans and makes soy milk, fresh in your own home. There are different brands of soy milk machines on the market (Miracle Soy Wonder, SoyJoy Automatic Soy Milk Maker, SoyToy Soy Milk Machine, Soyapower and the Dr Fresh Soy Milk Maker). You don't need these machines to make good quality soy milk, but they make life easier and give a high yield.
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I have the most ludicrous claim to make, but I'm standing by it until proved otherwise. It was this writer who partly named the Zen Chi Massager. It was back in 1997 and I was working for a Perth holistic magazine, and a bloke who is sadly no longer with us brought in what he could only describe as "The Wobbler" for us new age literati to check out. It was a Friday afternoon and I must confess I'd had a couple of organic wines for lunch, which perhaps made me all the more receptive to the experience of trying such a machine for the first time. As I lay there I proceeded to lapse into a deeply meditative calm (I swear I wasn't snoring) and after about 15 minutes, the "wobbler" stopped and I felt very energetically blissed, you might say. I leapt to my feet and declared "this machine activates your chi!". From what I know, this declaration was passed up the network marketing food chain, some marketing boffins got wind of it, and they added some wind of their own by adding the word "zen". And what new age / natural therapy business wouldn't add the word zen given half the chance? Since then I've come to own one of these zen chi massagers, and they truly are awesome, I love them, although I must confess my ex-wife scored it in the separation and so I could do with a new one.
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