Soy Protein

November 12, 2012

Soy Protein

More and more people are choosing to include soy protein in their diet. The reasons for this choice are many and varied. For some the choice to include soy is a healthy one – perhaps preferring to use soymilk as a lactose-free alternative to regular milk. Others may choose to try tofu – a product which has a myriad of uses – and realize it tastes as good as a meat alternative. Then there are those who make the conscious decision to switch to a plant based diet and so substitute soy protein for meat in all areas of their diet. All of these consumers will also discover a fantastic economic bonus when the switch tothis form of protein- it is a much less costly alternative to meat. Another benefit of switching to soy is the tremendous health benefits – many people take a daily soysupplement in order to enjoy those benefits.

Soybeans are native to Eastern Asia where they are and have been a crucial source of protein, today soybeans are produced on a worldwide basis and are then used to produce a huge variety of products. As well as soymilk and tofu soy protein is used to make oil, soy sauce, tempeh and miso. Soy protein plays an important part in the diet of many simply because it is such an excellent food source – a plant based protein containing all of the amino acids needed by our bodies, this fact is what makes soy protein the perfect substitute for animal protein. Soy protein has no cholesterol – an important factor for the many who take steps to control their cholesterol levels, it is also low in fat and has few calories – which means it is a much healthier option for all meat and even some oily fish. These factors mean that the consumption of soy protein will help in the reduction and prevention of heart disease – ongoing research indicates a 20% reduction in risk of heart disease. Osteoporosis as well as cholesterol levels may also improve with the ingestion of soy protein products – and it does this without reducing the HDL cholesterol our bodies require. Increased protection against osteoporosis is an important consideration for post-menopausal women who may be at risk of bone loss. Research also shows that soy proteins may be linked to a reduced cancer risk – as with the other health benefits it is the presence of isoflavones in the soy protein which produce these amazing health benefits. The great benefits of antioxidants are becoming more and more wildly known – they are known to maintain a healthy immune system and to assist the body when warding off illnesses of many kinds – soy protein is also a great source of antioxidants in the form of phytochemicals.

Soy protein is easy to use and the choice of recipes and style of cuisine are vast – Chinese and Indian dishes taste wonderfully authentic when made with soy protein. Learning to prepare exciting recipes will encourage increased use of soy products and will also aid in the consumption of more and more vegetables and legumes included in many recipes.

One more reason why people may choose soy protein is the unexpected natural weight loss which will occur when low-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free soy protein is used to replace high in fat and calories animal based proteins.

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