Soy is known for its numerous health benefits and versatility. It is one of the few plants that are a complete protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids. It’s low in cholesterol and has fiber and iron, too. Soy is also famous for containing isoflavones. Studies have shown isoflavones to prevent breast cancer in women when consumed during pre-adolescence.
Isoflavones have also been linked to the reduction of symptoms in menopausal woman—anything from the annoying hot flashes to more serious osteoporosis and heart disease. Some studies show taking 60 milligrams of phytoestrogen-rich soy supplements everyday for three months can reduce the intensity of hot flashes and menopausal night sweats by up to 45 percent. Soy products also tend to contain calcium, along with magnesium and boron, which is a must for women in preventing osteoporosis and maintaining bone health.
An important rule of thumb when it comes to any diet is everything in moderation, and that includes soy. Here are a few soy recipes to incorporate into your daily diet.
Recipes courtesy of The Soyfoods Council.
The Soyfoods Council is a non-profit organization, created and funded by Iowa Soybean farmers, providing a complete resource to educate and inform healthcare professionals, consumers and the foodservice market about the many benefits of soyfoods. The Council represents nearly all facets of the food industry, including soyfoods product manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, state and national soybean checkoff boards, food retailers and distributors, health and foodservice professionals. Iowa is the country’s number one grower of soybeans and is the Soyfoods Capital of the world.