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Benefits of Soy Protein

Soybeans are the fruit of a plant originally from Asia.  Soybeans are used for a variety of products such as milk, oil, soy sauce, and soybean protein products such as miso.  Soy products are versatile, low in fat, and high in protein.  While it’s almost a universal knowledge that proteins are essential building blocks for our muscles, it is becoming rapidly clear that the source we get our protein from does make a difference.  For many years, Americans have used animal products as their main source of protein, and it’s only recently that new findings and researches have started to revolutionize the way we eat, by suggesting vegetation proteins such as soy, might be a much better way to go.

soybeans Benefits of Soy ProteinSoy proteins provide us the protein our bodies need, without the side effects of consuming animal proteins.  Consuming red meat, for example, is one way to receive all the protein necessary for one’s diet, but with consuming red meats, we also consume unwanted substances such as saturated fats and cholesterol.  Supplementing 25 grams of soy proteins daily to satisfy our dietary need for protein, not only will omit the saturated fat from our diet, but it will reduce the cholesterol which will in turn help reduce, or all together prevent, different cardiac problems.  Moreover, soy proteins can help weight loss and the control of hyperglycemia which in turn, will benefit both diabetic and non-diabetic consumers with lowering the risk of obesity and maintaining a healthy level of blood sugar.

More health advantages of soy proteins is in their possible effects on cancer prevention and reducing the menopausal symptoms.  Consuming red meat has been known to correlate with higher risk of breast cancer and bowel cancer, and has a direct relationship with bone-loss, arthritis, and osteoporosis.  Meanwhile, new studies show that replacing animal proteins with soy proteins could prevent bone-loss in menopausal women, and soy protein have been known to positively effect the calcium balance in our circulatory and skeletal systems.  When digesting animal products, an acid is produced that by entering the blood stream, reacts with the calcium in our bones and eventually can cause bone problems.  When consuming vegetation proteins, one will not face such a problem and as a result can enjoy having healthier, denser bones for a longer amount of time.

Regardless of all the benefits of soy proteins, many people are still reluctant to give up their meat, or they might argue that soy products do not taste quite as good as animal products.   The good news is, that there is a solution.  Changing one’s diet, even slightly, to contain more soy protein and less animal protein can result in prevention of many different diseases, and contribute to a healthier happier future.   To make these changes, consider the following tips:

  • When making burgers, or other food with ground meat, use half ground meat and half ground soy meat (like miso, or you could ground tofu), and mix and let stand for a little bit for the flavors to marry.  The taste will remain the same, while your food will be much healthier.
  • Similarly, when working with recipes that call for milk or cream, replace the cream or milk with soy milk, or again, use half animal milk and half soy milk.
  • Try having soy beans for a healthier midday snack, and remember that most soy products are excellent at absorbing flavors, and because of the variety of soy products, there are many different textures available to choose from.
  • Consider the non GMO soy protein that is used in ViSalus’ ViShape Nutritional Shake Mix for a healthy whole food supplement.

Experiment with different soy product, and enjoy a healthier life style without giving up the tastes you  enjoy.