Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about your low-carb lifestyle, gluten-free foods, or whole-soy? You’re not alone. Browse these FAQ, and if your question isn’t there, just fill in the contact form at the bottom to ask us directly.

Do your products contain MSG? I read somewhere that TVP does

There is no MSG added to our Beef (Not!)® soy products. Many healthy fruits and vegetables, like peas, soybeans, tomatoes, corn (and even human breast milk) naturally contain glutamic acid. When glutamic acid is present naturally in a product, there is always a possibility of it creating a trace amount of MSG when digested.

I understand that peanut butter may be banned by schools due to allergies. Is Beanit Butter a good alternative to use in children’s Beanit Butter & Jelly sandwiches?

There has been talk recently (by various media reports) regarding children’s allergic reactions to peanuts. As this can be an even fatal reaction, Carb (NOT!)™ Low Carb Beanit Butter is an excellent school time alternative. We have several 5 and 6 year olds right here at Dixie that are fooled quite regularly! I also know a 55 year old that thought he just ate a real peanut butter & jelly sandwich, too!

I heard you on the radio. Is soy sauce a good source of soy?

No, it is not. It is, however an excellent source of sodium (salt)!

What is the shelf life of Beef (Not!)®?

Stored on your pantry shelf, dry, several years. Just keep the package closed and dry. Take out what you want to use at a time, and store. AFTER REHYDRATING, in your fridge for a week or so. Freshness depends upon what you mix with it. Some dishes like lasagna keep for a week, others may not taste as fresh a week later. Freeze your leftovers to really preserve the taste for 2-6 months.

I have been trying to get 25 grams of soy a day, but find it difficult to do so, can you help?

Any amount of soy you add to your diet is good. Somedays when I travel, and know I will not be eating soy for a main meal, I take along Nutlettes® Cereal, and Crème It! I have now added the new Shakemate to my travel pac and order a glass of orange juice to mix it with. It tastes good, and makes it easy to get at least 10 or 12 grams of soy protein. Just do the best you can. Soy adds up. Try Beanut Butter, Jerky, and make a cup of hot chocolate with Crème It!. Enjoy making it a part of your day, be creative, it’s fun, and just do the best you can.

Is Beef (Not!)® hydrolyzed protein?

No, it is not.

What is the PH factor of Beef (Not!)®?

The PH factor of the Beef (Not!)® unflavored is 6.8. The concentrated Midland Harvest mixes is 6.90 (7 is considered neutral).

Do your products contain MSG? I read somewhere that TVP does

There is no MSG added to our Beef (Not!)® soy products. Many healthy fruits and vegetables, like peas, soybeans, tomatoes, corn (and even human breast milk) naturally contain glutamic acid. When glutamic acid is present naturally in a product, there is always a possibility of it creating a trace amount of MSG when digested.

I heard some woman on the radio saying that only certain kinds of soy are good and others are not. Is yours the good kind?

After the tremendous health benefits of a soy diet were reported a year or so ago, several people “jumped on the bandwagon”, writing books and articles and doing interviews on “their opinions” with respect to soy. These are speculative and may vary considerably. Our Beef (Not!)® and Fat (Not!)® products like Crème It! and Nutlettes® are WATER WASHED. What this means is that the protective benefits of the isoflavones (the unique antioxidants) and phytoestrogens are assured.

Of course we cannot speak for other manufacturers, generally those supermarket foods that contain soy are not water washed. It has become more efficient in manufacturing to use an “alcohol” wash, which can strip soy of isoflavones. We have begun labeling our products, indicating the amount of isoflavones in them. Our products have 2-1/2 to 3 milligrams per gram of product; this includes the defatted soy flour product.

What is “caramel coloring” how is it made?

The caramel coating used in the Beef (Not!)® products and Nutlettes® Cereal is derived from corn. It is NOT a dye or an actual food coloring. It is made by naturally cooking corn slowly, without any additives to release the intrinsic sweetness and caramel-like color. This enables the products to “hold their shape” and enables them to “grab” hold of cooking flavors.

In recipes this process is commonly referred to as “caramelized onions”, etc. (see our Mexican Stromboli, and Dixie Carbonara recipes). In other non Dixie products, caramel coloring may be made from other ingredients ­ not all caramel coloring is made this way, ours is. It is a basic generic term

I read about the menopause health benefits of “Nutlettes®” cereal in a major consumer health magazine, ordered some and guess what. My hot flashes and night sweats have stopped! Why doesn’t everyone know about this, it is so easy, and naturally effective, rather than taking a hormone “drug”?

Good question, I suppose it is different strokes for different people. Soy is just now being realized by mainstream medicine as a “hot” alternative to drug “pill” type hormone based therapy. Keep on eating it as a food and don’t take a “soy pill”, though, because in order to get the full spectrum of benefits, (and not just for menopause, but for all chronic disease protection benefits) you should consume it as a food.

Why can’t I find Beef (Not!)® at my health food store?

We would like to make it available in local health food stores. If you have a favorite store you frequent, tell them to call us. However, the ability to pass along recipes and trade information would also be limited if it were ONLY available in health food stores, so direct mail has its advantages, too.

Additionally, many health food stores are basically unresponsive to stocking “new” types of food products, as their shelf space and funds are limited. One of our prime goals at Dixie is to keep our products cost effective, and the value you receive by purchasing direct from us is greater. As a rule, retail prices go up when distribution costs are incurred, and new packagings are required.

I’ve noticed that Beef (Not!)® tastes much better and different than the regular brand of “TVP” found in my local health food store. Why is that?

Beef (Not!)® is a quality soyfood product that is designed to pick up the flavors of the spices you use with it for truly beef-style meal preparation. The generic brand of TVP found in most health food stores (usually in a bulk tub with a scoop, or clear bagged) is simply a “stretcher” type product that is a broad application product most of the time, this type of soy-based textured vegetable protein is used to stretch meat like pork and beef sausage products. Hence, it is not specifically formulated. Beef (Not!)® is water washed to protect the healthful isoflavone properties of the soy itself. It tastes better, because it is better!

I am genetically predisposed to cancer. My doctor told me to eat soy and to be sure that the soy I ate contained Genistein. He said not all soy had it. Do the Beef (Not!)® products have it?

Genistein is part of the protective isoflavones chain…So is Daidzein and Glycitein. Various disease related studies are being conducted using these special components of the isoflavones. What is known about Genistein is that it apparently inhibits angiogenesis, the growth of blood vessels in and to tumors, thus it may be a potent anti-cancer agent.

You will be very happy to know that all of our Beef (Not!)®, Chicken TM, Turkey (Not!)TM products and Nutlettes® cereal products, and ShakeMate have Genistein in them. Not only that, but they contain a substantially larger measure of Genistein than other types of soys do, so eat healthy! Here’s the breakdown:

Per 100 grams (1-1/4 cup of ground style Beef (Not!)®, Turkey (Not!)TM, or Nutlettes® Cereal)

Total Isoflavones = 305 mg

of which the following 3 types comprise 263.2mg of the total isoflavones count:

Daidzein 44.2-112.6 mg

Genistein 62.6-128.1 mg

Glycitein 11.9-22.5 mg

Soy Notes

Some supermarket processed foods have trace amounts of soy. These are usually added as “stretchers” or mixers and should not be considered as a source of soy protein. Soy sauce is not a good source of soy either it is, however, a significant source of sodium!

Did you know?! That essentially the entire supply of commercial lecithin comes from soy. It is a rich source of Vitamin E and contains a wide spectrum of other vital nutrients and minerals.

How many Isoflavones should I get each day?

Shoot for at least 60 mg of isoflavones. You will see the amount of isoflavones indicated for each of our soy products. You can, of course get more, but try to get at least 60 mg. daily of these protective properties. Not all soy is the same. Soy isolates are low in isoflavones, 5 mg per tablespoonful, compared with say Crème It!(our fiber rich tofu milk & sauce maker) which has 21.

It’s easy to get this as Nutlettes® has 61 mg. per 1/4 cup dry, and the Beef (Not!)® and Chicken TM Turkey TM products have approximately the same. It’s very easy to get your daily soy isoflavones. Even snacking on Beanuts (soynuts) give you 30 mg per 1/8 cup (3 g fat). Get it any way you can, but just get it. I get over 100 mg a day, easily.

Can I get too much soy protein? I have heard you can get too much protein.

There is a big difference between animal protein and plant protein. Too much animal protein has been said to contribute to bone mass loss, kidney problems and various other complications. Plant protein, and SOY protein specifically, has been shown to increase bone density and provide all of the essential amino acids needed to sustain human life.

The human body does not assimilate it like animal protein. All proteins were not created equal! The Japanese consume 50-100 grams or more of soy protein daily and are the longest living people in the world. We ship most of the soybeans we raise in America to Japan; ironic, isn’t it!

What’s the latest on the most recent studies involving soy?

Current findings are showing that dry and wrinkled skin were 25 and 30% lower in women who use estrogen (soy is a natural estrogen). Soy builds bone density. Estrogen may help women with Alzheimer’s disease recover memory and concentration Previous studies reported. Post-menopausal women 10 year estrogen therapy reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s by 30-40%. Isoflavones, found in soy, may dramatically help people who suffer from one type of migraine headache (HHT).

Also nosebleeds. A 70 mg daily intake for 3 months, nosebleeds were drastically reduced, as well as complete relief from migraines. Breast and prostrate cancer studies are now beginning utilizing the DDC products. Congress had discussions in March on the benefits of a daily intake of soy.

I have read and heard in the media about soy curing hot flashes, migraines, preventing heart disease, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, even kidney disease and wrinkles. How can one food made of beans do this?

If you care about your body and your loved ones eating habits, you will surely want to eat some soy every day. As far as answering your question about how the health benefits of this work, it is very difficult, because even the authorities cannot. There are many theories as to why and how the soybean works in the human body to prevent and even cure certain chronic conditions. At this point, attention is centered on the isoflavones content of soy. Isoflavones have certain protective qualities phytoestrogens and these react in a positive way within our body.

Genistein and other antioxidants are part of this creative chain within the bean. Soy acts as a natural estrogen. Aside from the chronic disease fighting benefits of this, studies have suggested that estrogen also preserves skin collagen content as well as the elastic properties and thickness of the skin. What is known, is that you cannot consume it as a pill and expect to have the same complete protective agents at work as when you eat it as a food. Isolating these agents is virtually impossible, as the interactions are not understood. Eat it as a food on a regular basis, and eat healthy in general.

Even as we go to press, latest studies on vitamin E are showing that the pills can actually be harmful, as only a portion of the vitamin has been included, which actually can create harmful effects; it was suggested that soy is a good source of complete vitamin E. That’s soy good for you.

What kind of fiber is in the Beef (Not!)® products? (from Ray Brock)

Ray, virtually all of the fiber in the Beef (Not!)® product line is insoluble. The rich aid to digestion type known as “roughage.” They move waste through the intestinal tract. They are the natural “bottlebrush.” They promote regularity and help prevent constipation. Insoluble fiber speeds up the time harmful waste is left in the intestines. Keep up the good work, Ray someone upstairs is writing it all down.

What other nutrients are in Beef (Not!)®?

I’m glad you ask this question. I’ve been meaning to happily include this information. Aside from the great source of protein, and calcium (16% of your RDA in a 1/2 cup serving) and iron (28%), Beef (Not!)® also has the following nutrients and minerals (shown in mg per 100 g): Potassium-2474, Phosphorus-730, Magnesium-313,Zinc-5.3, Manganese-3.4, Biotin-.07, as well as Selenium, Chromium, Molybdenum, and Iodine. In addition you will find Niacin, Vitamins A, D, E, B6, B12, K, Chloride, fatty acids, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Niacin, and Folic Acid. It’s a food-based powerhouse.

Does your soy product Beef (Not!)®, which is water washed to protect the isoflavones, have any additives? Also, how does this water washing work to help preserve these protective properties?

During the manufacturing stage, the soy is defatted, and ground to produce the various shaped products, like chunk, ground style, strip, or flake style. Our product Beef (Not!)® is a soy protein “granule” not to be confused with generic “TVP”, or soy isolates and concentrates. Beef (Not!)® products are “washed with water” instead of alcohol to ensure the encapsulation of these needed helpers. All TVP-type soy products are not the same, or have superior results when used in cooking. Beef (Not!) products are actually protein “Granulars.” Additionally, producing the soy concentrates and isolates requires many more procedures. (If you would like a chart illustrating our manufacturing steps, contact your DDC sales operator when placing your next order). Many people tell us our Beef (Not!)® products taste and perform so much better than the generic health store brands. As far as additives, Chicken (Not!)® and Turkey (Not!)TM have no caramel (corn) . The Beef (Not!)® and Nutlettes® products have degrees of sweetness which are determined by adding the corn during the texturizing step. This is not a coloring like a dye, but actually made by cooking corn until its sweetness is released, and then added to the soy product. It is important to know that all caramel colorings are not made the same way, from the same ingredients. We will be changing our label to eliminate this confusing generic term shortly. We are interested in the class and not the mass when producing the Beef (Not!)® product line.

I have heard there are different soys? What does this mean?

I assume you are referring to the isoflavones content (protective qualities of the soybean). Our Unflavored Beef (Not!)®, The DDC “Dinners Ready” mixes, Flavored Beef (Not!)®, Crème It!, and Shakemate are high in isoflavones. They are water-washed to protect them. Products using soy protein concentrates and isolates are not nearly as high in these protective qualities. For instance 1 tablespoon of soy isolates have only 5-7 mg. isoflavones compared to Crème It! which has 21 per tablespoon. The concentrates can barely be measured as they lose so much during the manufacturing process. We are beginning to label our products with the appropriate number of isoflavones to help you determine this, like Shakemate which states the 48 mg. per 3 tablespoon serving.