Our expert says:
I am not acquainted with the brand name you mention namely 'Frys' - are you in South Africa or the UK or elsewhere? In South Africa there are meat replacement products such as Toppers available which are made from soy beans. If the Frys products are also made of soy beans and contain less than 3 g of fat per serving (check the label) then they are not high-fat foods. As regards protein, I can only say that meat replacers made from soy beans are generally a source of adequate protein for adults, esp if you are not going to cut milk, yoghurt, cheese and eggs out of your diet. The latter foods provide more than enough high quality protein for adults. I cannot comment on the Frys products because I am not acquainted with them, but generally speaking if such soy products are produced in a reputable factory then they should not be 'bad' for you. Both meat and vegetable protein foods have a place in a balanced diet. Soy beans and other legumes (lentils, dry cooked beans and peas, tofu, etc) are a good source of plant protein, vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre so they are certainly healthy and low in fat and generally do not contain any cholesterol provided no other fats have been added during processing (for example to improve the flavour). If you cut out all meat, fish, milk and dairy products and eggs, then you will need to take an iron and vitamin B12 supplement and make sure that you are obtaining calcium from foods such as calcium-enriched soy milk to avoid deficiencies.
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