Soy 101

Health.com has written an article on the miracle food: soy.  There are so many ways to get this good-for-you protein into your daily diet.  So here’s how to do it-and why you absolutely should!

Soy’s most prominent feature is its complete protein.  It is one of the only plant proteins that contains all nine essential amino acids our bodies need from our diets to function properly.  It makes an ideal substitute for meat, poultry and eggs.  The protein and fiber make it an incredibly filling food.  Soybeans are also cholesterol-free and lower in heart-unhealthy saturated fat in comparison to meat and dairy.

Soy also packs a number of phytochemicals, including isoflavones, which may work together to help fight conditions like cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer.  So look for simple places to swap soy in for other foods and drinks. Snack on soy nuts instead of cheese; use soy nut butter instead of peanut butter for a change of pace (you may not be able to tell the difference!). Soy milk is a great alternative for the lactose intolerant (just avoid sweetened ones, which pack extra sugars).

 

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