Soya has become one of the most controversial foods in town. Soy helps in cardiovascular disease- yes or no? Is soya good or bad for you?
Soybeans are a high source of proteins and polyunsaturated fats and also are the only legumes that provide ample amount of omega-3 fatty acid. In 100 grams, raw soybean supply 446 calories, 36.49gm proteins, 19.94g fats and 30.16g carbohydrates.
Soya chunks are known for its various health benefits:
- It is known for high protein content- its exceeds than eggs, meat, milk.
- It is known to reduce the risk of osteoporosis in menopausal women and also ease other symptoms as it’s a good source of isoflavones.
- Since it’s a good source of omega- 3 fatty acids and fiber, it can benefit in lowering down cholesterol levels in a body.
- It enhances bone health and digestibility.
- It’s a good source of minerals namely- manganese, iron, calcium, and magnesium.
- Due to good fiber content, it helps you keep a close check on your body weight and fight diabetes.
- Its high content of magnesium has shown results in fighting insomnia.
- It’s also a good source of vitamin b, vitamin-K, riboflavin, and folate.
A Few Words of Caution: Although there is a wide range of beneficial aspects to consuming soybeans and related soy products, there are also some potentially negative health effects of consuming soybeans as a part of your diet. For example:
Estrogen Levels: Since there are estrogen-mimicking compounds in soybeans, men can occasionally develop a hormonal imbalance if consumed in high amounts. Additional research is ongoing in this area.
Goiters: There are certain anti-thyroid compounds contained in soy that can disrupt the activity of the thyroid gland and result in goiters, as well as an interruption of normal hormonal activity in the body.
Wondering if soy is known for such goodness then why people question its intake?
It’s a saying all good things come in small packages so does the amount of soy to be consumed is small. It is recommended to consume not more than 30 gm on a daily basis. Choose good quality soy such as tofu, tempeh, and miso.