February may be a short, chilly month, but it provides many opportunities to spend quality time with friends. With the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and it being National Hearth Month, it’s a great time to get cozy with good company and delicious food. Adding soy to some old, favorite recipes gives them a new, healthy twist.
Here are a few reasons soy should be included into your daily diet:
• Heart-Healthy Protein—Soy is a complete protein. In fact, it’s the only plant protein that is equivalent to animal protein and has all amino acids. In 1999, the FDA claimed soy protein lowered blood cholesterol levels, which improves cardiovascular health.
• Cancer Prevention—Research has indicated that young girls who consume soy before adolescence may reduce the chances of developing breast cancer later on in life. Other studies have shown that the isoflavones in soy may reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men.
• Versatility—With so many soy products out there today, it’s incredibly easy to start adding it to your diet. Soy is able to take on almost any flavor and texture, making it blend in with almost anything, and it’s also great on its own.
Here are a few, tasty soy recipes to use at your next social gathering.