Soybeans/ Soya beans is a variety of the Leguminosae plant also known as legumes. Legumes are cheap, they grow really fast and consist of over 18.000 different species. Beans, peanuts, cow peas, red clover, fava beans etc are all types of the legume family and they are a rich source of fiber and protein.
Soybean is used in a huge variety of processed foods, graphic items and beauty products. Other renowned produce of soybean includes soy meal, soy flour, tofu, miso and tempeh.
Soybean is rich in fiber and contains over 8 essential types of amino acids that our bodies need to be healthy, vitamin k and iron.
Cow produces cow milk, soybean produces soy milk, cow milk produces cheese and soy milk produces tofu, cow milk is separated into curd and whey to produce cheese and soy milk is also separated into curd and whey to produce tofu. Another method of making tofu is by pureeing cooked soybeans and precipitating the solids.So tofu is cheese made from vegetable.
Soy milk and soy products are mostly consumed by vegetarians, until recently not many people knew the health benefits of soybean, thanks to scientific research and studies, we can now understand it’s true value.
Almost 100% of the Chinese population 80% of Mexicans and Africans, and about 30 million Americans are lactose intolerant, you see lactose intolerance is a condition where the body is unable to breakdown the naturals sugars that are found in cow milk, this is where soy milk comes in because it is a 100% lactose free liquid.
Soy milk and weight loss
- 1 cup of vanilla flavored soy milk contains 130 calorie, 8 grams of protein and 4.25 grams of fat.
- 1 cup of pure unsweetened soymilk contains 80 calories, 7 grams of protein and 4 grams of fat.
Health benefits of soy milk
Observational studies shows that people who consume more or at least 2 cups of soy milk a day may reduce the risk of the following kinds of diseases.
2 cups of soymilk per day may reduce the risk of breast cancer in women by 30% and recurrence rate by 32%.
2 cups of soymilk or tofu per day may reduce hot flashes caused by menopause by 20%.
3 cups of soymilk or tofu per day may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men by 26%.
Increased intake of soy milk or tofu could help reduce the risk of fibroids, lower Cholesterol levels, lowers depression, types of brain diseases, heart disease and bone fractures.
Side Effects of soy milk
Undesirable side effects of soymilk could range from constipation, bloating, nausea to allergic reactions such as rashes and itching in some people.
Consuming soy milk or soybeans in normal amounts are generally safe, however Pregnant women and children should follow recommended guidelines.
Soy products may increase the risk of kidney stones therefore should not be consumed in large amounts, also people with asthma sold refrain from drinking too much soymilk, 1 cup per day is fine.
Soy milk is known to decrease blood sugar levels in people with diabetes so it’s best to consult with your doctor before changing to soy milk.
Facts about soy milk
America and Brazil combined produce over 90 million tonnes of soybeans every year.
Nearly 85% of the global soybean production is crushed for oil and meal.
China is the largest importer of soybean importing almost 55 million tonnes per year.