What Are the Health Benefits of Soy Foods?

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Soy has been in the media spotlight for many years now, and there is a lot of controversy about whether soy is really the next super food to safeguard against heart health or whether it's really not as all cracked up to be. Here is the real deal when it comes to soy, soy is a plant food, so you know it's naturally going to offer cardio protective benefits.

Soy protein offers healthy high quality proteins, so somebody trying to adapt a more vegetarian eating patterns, can easily fit soy into their diet. Without that the artery clogging saturated fat. The key is really trying to go for more natural sources of soy foods versus the more processed, higher salts, potentially higher sugar soy snack foods.

So think of tofu, soy beans as well as soy milk. Let's explore that a little bit more. Soy milk, you want to go with either plain soy milk or a lightly flavored one, because we don't any of the added sugar. And make sure your soy milk has added calcium, we are looking for 30% of the daily value on the food label.

Edamame is something you can order off of a Japanese menu anytime you're out to dinner and those are simply stained soy beans, and that's a great way of packing in the fiber and the protein into one cute, little package. And also don't forget about tofu. Tofu absorbs the flavor of anything you're cooking.

So next time you're making a stir fry, throw in some cubes of firm tofu and saute that lightly in olive or peanut oil and you're going to have a fabulous dish and again you can get all that heart healthy protein. The benefits of soy extends beyond protein and fiber and that's because there's compounds in soy that have also shown to help prevent cancer.

And those are due to the isoflavones. When you look at the Asian diet, the typical Asian diet gets well over 20 milligrams of isoflavones a day and if you stick to the more natural soy foods you can easily match that intake. Now isoflavones, what do they do? They mimic estrogen which is a hormone and therefore they help reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Now there are some people that are estrogen sensitive or may be a little bit, be sitting on the fence when it comes to should I be eating soy by having this to your breast cancer. Is that going to increase my risk? And the answer is, as long as you're consuming soy foods from whole sources and you're not just popping isoflavoring supplements, you're good to go.

And if you're a little bit hesitant, just try to incorporate soy as part of any normal balanced diet, so just a few times a week try to get a whole soy food in there. I hope I helped clear up the confusion when it comes to soy, enjoy.