Nutrition

Soybeans: 9 Things You Should Know

Opinions are divided on the consumption of soybeans, so some experts recommend eating soy moderately, while others pull the alarm and suggest that we should exclude soy from the diet.

Here are 9 Things You Should Know about Soybeans, in order to learn the advantages and disadvantages of this food!

Especially in periods of fasting, soy is a staple food consumed regularly by many people.

We find a variety of products, from sausages to cheese.

Let’s see what the research say about soy and what you must know before eating it.

1. Soy milk has as much calcium as cow’s milk.

But, the bioavailability of calcium is lower, warns our specialist in nutrition.

“In nutritional terms, soy milk is poorer than cow’s milk, therefore, the proteins are weaker. Unlike animal milk, vegetable milk does not contain casein, animal fats or lactose, but vegetable fats, unsaturated fats and flatulence sugars that should be removed during the manufacturing process of milk”.

 

2. Soy lowers cholesterol

Because of phytosterols, soy prevents the accumulation of bad cholesterol, blocking andabsorption.

3. Encouraging the development of diabetes type 1 at Infants

The same result was found in cow’s milk consumption, as Prof. Joan Tampaw warns in his new book Revolution in the kitchen.

“Studies shown that cow’s milk proteins and the ones found in soy or wheat may encourage the emergence of autoimmune type 1 diabetes at infants who have family history.

 

Breastfeeding is recommended during the first year of life for all children, especially those born into families with a history of diabetes.

 

4. Soy reduces breast cancer risk

The British nutritionists Gillian McKeith mentions the latest research prove that a moderate consumption of soy (GM) is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer:

“Effects of soy consumption on hormones was measured at premenopausal women. The results shown that having a soy diet containing phytoestrogens, may reduce the amount of ovarian steroids and male hormones, reducing the risk of breast cancer

as found in her book: “Living Food for Health”

5. Successfully replacing meat

Because of its complete protein content, soybean has become a good alternative for meat.

6. Vegetable Pastries (soy) may have ingredients that are not for fasting

As Prof. Joan Tampaw mentions,  some vegetable foods may have in their composition certain ingredients that will “cancel your fasting”.

It is therefore recommended to carefully read the ingredients on the label, and if you find the following details: hydrolyzed protein, whey powder, whey, albumin, lactose,carmine dye or margarine, try and find something else.

Also, you should know that these vegetable foods are often more harmful than combinations of meat, because they contain many E-Numbers and Additives.

7. Soy contains essential fatty acids and lecithin

These elements are necessary for the proper functioning of your brain.

8. Controls blood sugar levels in diabetics

A soy-based diet helps to lower glucose and insulin levels in the body.

9. Reduces risk of heart disease

Food and Drug Administration in the U.S. sustains that daily use of 25 grams of soy protein in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Use caution when choosing soy!

Soybeans should be

  • Certified as organic
  • Not be genetically modified

Did you know..

  • Soybeans are consumed in Asia for thousands of years and the incidence of cardiovascular diseases is very low. Also, the incidence of prostate cancer, colon and breast cancer is 4-5 times lower compared to the U.S. and Europe.
  • In China, where soy is the traditional food, a heart attack is 10 times more rare than in United States of America
  • Many studies warn that soy may cause sterility, but, as mentioned, soy is consumed by Asian people for thousands of years and looking on the numbers,  this myth is busted!


 

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