February is Heart Health Month. Here are 5 reasons to include heart-healthy soyfoods daily.
- Soyfoods provide high-quality protein, are low in saturated fat and high in polyunsaturated fat and are one of the few good sources of both essential fatty acids.
- Consuming as little as one serving of soyfoods per day between during the childhood and/or teenage years may reduce breast cancer risk by as much as 50% later in life.
- The isoflavones in soyfoods may alleviate menopausal symptoms. Just two servings of soyfoods per day provide the amount of isoflavones shown to be efficacious.
- New evidence suggests that soybean isoflavones may function as antidepressants and may actually enhance the efficacy of antidepressant drugs.
- Soyfoods may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer and may even be helpful for prostate cancer patients.
This month (and every month!) the perfect time to make sure you’re including one or two servings of soy protein daily. It’s easy! Here are a few ideas:
- Use 1 cup soymilk (vanilla or plain) in the morning with cereal or smoothies.
- Eat 1/4 cup soynuts mid-morning and afternoon to curb mindless snacking.
- Include 2/3 cup shelled edamame in salads, soups (homemade or prepared) or vegetable mixes such as corn and edamame.
- Add dry TSP/TVP to soups and chili to increase protein.
- When making oatmeal cookies, replace half the oats with dry TSP/TVP.
- Add drained and rinsed canned black soybeans into salsa, soups, chili and vegetable mixes.
- Have frozen edamame in the pod in the freezer to have for quick after school or work snack.
- Make your own salad dressing with soft silken tofu; blend with your favorite ingredients!
- Have a bottle of soybean oil (vegetable oil) in your pantry. An all-purpose oil, use it for sauteing, baking and in salad dressings.
See? It’s so easy to include one or two servings of soy protein daily for a healthier heart…and lifestyle.