Soy Bean: Health Benefits
Soy bean belongs to legume family and is native to East Asia. Soybean, a versatile bean, is found in foods like soy milk, soy sauce, soy chunks, soy granules, and tofu. Soy bean is also sometimes added to bread, biscuits, cereals and meat products. Soybeans are good source of proteins for vegetarians because they contain all essential amino acids which are required to stay healthy.
As they are loaded with special nutrients such as proteins, antioxidants, phytochemicals, soy bean has many health benefits.
Here are some Health Benefits of Soy Beans:
Good for your heart:
As it contains special nutrient isoflavones and saponins, soy beans help to prevent heart disease by decreasing your total cholesterol levels, and LDL cholesterol levels. And it also helps to prevent building of plaque in arteries, thus helps to prevent heart disease and stroke.
Good for bone health:
Although soy beans are not high in calcium, still they help to keep bone stronger. They also help you to decrease your risk of osteoporosis. All this is because they contains soy isoflavones which helps to maintain bone tissues, prevent bone loss and makes your bone STRONGER.
Rich in protein:
Soya beans are a rich source of protein. As said earlier it contains all essential amino acid which are generally available in non-veg food. So it’s great option for vegetarians to increase their protein intake in the diet.
Lowers the risk of cancer:
It has a special anticancer property. A regular intake of soy foods helps to prevent hormone related cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer. So it helps to stay away from cancer.
Reduces menopausal symptoms:
During menopause estrogen levels of body starts decreasing. and most of the menopausal symptoms are because of low estrogen levels. Soy beans contains isoflavones, which works like an estrogen. because of this estrogen like effect soy bean helps to control symptoms of menopause.
How to consume?
You can consume soy in the form of soya bean, soya chunks, soya granules, soya milk and tofu. You can also include soy flour to your daily chapati dough. Recommended ratio of wheat flour: soy flour is 5:1.