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Soybeans: Nourishing goodness

With Funke Oshifuye

Personally, i do not like the taste of soybeans especially the milk, yet it comes in handy as a refreshing drink to some other people and very filling too, so the soymilk could be considered as a food on its own.

The soybean powder could also be added to meals including soups, hiking the protein content of anything you add it to. Come, let me take you through the full goodness of soya!

Soybeans are an excellent source of molybdenum. They are also a very good source of protein and manganese. In addition, soybeans are a good source of iron, phosphorus, dietary fiber, .omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2, and potassium.

Soybean is equal in protein quality to animal foods because just one cup of soybeans provides 57.2 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for protein for less than 300 calories and only 2.2 grams of saturated fat.

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Small wonder mothers are encouraged to add soybean to their infants’ weaning foods! In addition, soy protein tends to lower cholesterol levels, while consuming protein from animal sources tends to raise them.

To dieters, soybean is one thing you shouldn’t do without because active isoflavone compounds found in soy, specifically, genistein, may help us stay lean by causing us to produce fewer and smaller fat cells.

Soy lowers blood pressure and cholesterol in men. Studies have shown that men who consume soy in their diet have significant reductions in both diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

Not only was their total blood cholesterol significantly lower, but their levels of HDL (good) cholesterol significantly increased. This is important because high levels of cholesterol, especially LDL cholesterol, tend to become deposited into the walls of blood vessels, forming hard plaques.

If these plaques grow too large or break, they can cause a heart attack or stroke. This whole food also contains very good amounts of fiber. When eaten, the fiber in soybeans binds to fats and cholesterol in food, so less is absorbed.

Soy protein has also been shown to reduce the stickiness of platelets, possibly because soybeans are a good source of the important essential fats called the omega-3 fatty acids.

When platelets get overly sticky, they are more likely to clump together to form blood clots which can in turn lead to heart attacks or stroke. So, include soy protein daily in your diet.

Soy foods may offer special benefits for the hearts and bones of premenopausal women because studies have shown that soy significantly inhibits bone loss and stimulates bone formation in menopausal women.


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