Is soy a good form of protein?
It comes as no surprise that soy is the hottest health and nutrition story today. Soybeans offer a great deal to a healthy diet as they are packed full of nutrition. Not only are soybeans rich in high quality proteins, but they also contain iron, B vitamins, calcium and zinc.
They are cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat, and an excellent source of dietary fiber. One serving of soy can be achieved by eating a half-cup of soybeans or four ounces of tofu or a glass of soy-milk or snacking on soy nuts. There are numerous ways to get a daily serving of soy. Adding soy to favorite recipes is quick, unnoticeable and an easy way to eat healthier.
Are Soy proteins good for you?
Researchers have discovered that genistein, found in soybeans, inhibits blood vessel development in tumors, which is viewed as an important means of controlling cancer. Furthermore, studies show that soy protein reduces cholesterol in diets of people with elevated cholesterol levels.
This is good news for those who suffer from heart disease and are looking for natural, convenient options for lowering cholesterol levels. Researchers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have concluded that the consumption of 25 grams of soy protein, when included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, can help fight coronary heart disease.
Approximately 70 percent of consumers who are very concerned with nutrient content indicate they have tried some type of soy product. Three out of five Americans acknowledge that soy is healthy, and it’s the perfect time for everyone to begin adding soy to their diets.
You will be excited to learn that this amazing food is not only healthy, it’s easy to prepare and is readily available.
Here are some favorite recipes of the RichinFoods.com:
1. Strawberry-Banana Frosty
(This is a great breakfast shake too!)
• 3 cups plain or vanilla soy milk
• 1 box (10-oz.) frozen (thaw slightly) or fresh sliced strawberries
• 1 ripe banana
Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth. (For variation, add all or some of the following: silken tofu, strawberry or berry yogurt, ice or 1 tablespoon sugar.)
2. Chocolate Soy Bars
• 1/2 cup cocoa powder
• 3 tablespoons soy oil margarine, melted
• 2 tablespoons soy oil
• 1/2 cup warm water
• 2 cups cake flour, sifted
• 1 package (10.5 oz.) tofu (silken soft and drained)
• 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
• 1 1/2 cups sugar (or part sweetener, part sugar)
• 1 egg (or substitute egg beaters or egg scramblers)
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
In a small bowl, combine cocoa, margarine, Soy oil and water, stir until smooth. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking soda, stirring to blend. In a processor, combine Tofu, vanilla and sugar. Process 15 seconds on high. Add chocolate mixture and egg, process 1 minute on medium.
Add flour mixture 1/3 at a time to the Tofu chocolate mixture. Process until smooth. Pour into a 2 – 9” round or 1 – 9×13” greased and floured cake pan and bake 30-35 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven. Product is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Frost with favorite icing or dust with powdered sugar. Refrigerate.
3. Soy Key Lime Pie
• Crust: Prepared 9” short bread or graham crust
• Filling: 1-10 oz. Package silken, extra firm tofu
• 1 can sweetened condensed milk
• 1/2 cup lime juice
Blend tofu until smooth. Add condensed milk and lime juice. Pour into crust. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees, cool it, garnish and serve.