Some people refrain from consuming meat perhaps because of personal beliefs, preferences or diet limitations arising from a medical condition. Whatever the reasons, they will have to find a substitute source of this nutrient in order to receive the necessary daily amount and stay healthy. Textured vegetable protein (TVP) has been used as one possible option.
This type of food is also known as textured soy protein (TSP). It is a by-product of soybean processing where the oil content of its grains is extracted. TVP or TSP was invented in the 60’s by food manufacturer Archer Daniels Midland. But it was not commercially successful at first. It was a few years later that Mr. Midland’s company was able to market the food manufacturing benefits of TVP, from meat product extender to cheap protein material.
Make no mistake, TVP is processed food and is often used in combination with additives that make it potentially dangerous to your health. The fact that it’s made from soybeans also makes this food’s safety questionable. Continue reading to learn more about the negative effects of textured vegetable proteins, and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid them as a source of protein. Continue reading