If you’re a vegetarian, or just enjoy eating a healthy diet, you’re probably already familiar with soy and have incorporated it into your diet. You’ve made an excellent choice — soy foods are a good source of protein, calcium, and iron. Soybeans are the top plant food for protein. They’re also rich in genistein, a type of plant nutrient in the isoflavone phytonutrient category. It acts much like a plant-based estrogen and is thought to be protective against breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.
Soy also has the advantage of changing shapes and forms to suit any taste. Besides the beans themselves or tofu, there are a number of soy substitutes. Moreover, a diet rich in soy is thought to help prevent osteoporosis and alleviate the symptoms of menopause — all without the added cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat found in many animal products that claim the same nutritional benefits. Plus, according to the FDA, 25 grams of soy protein a day can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Natural food manufacturers have been able to use soy to mimic the texture and taste of an amazing selection of meat products, including burgers and bacon. Edamame, which are fresh soybeans, are wonderful as a snack, in a salad, or with a grain medley. There are plenty of soy-filled options out there, such as tofu, edamame, soy burgers and soy crumbles.
(Originally posted by The New Sonoma Diet Daily)