Soy products can be found in such a wide array of choices that we should easily be able to find the soy products that are right for us. Most of the soy products we generally look for are soy foods because soy foods can be an excellent source of soy protein.
The protein in our body is broken down and reformed on a daily basis, making protein an essential nutrient. High quality, complete dietary proteins provide the best way to meet human nutritional needs. Soy protein provides all of the essential amino acids in the amounts necessary to meet our nutritional needs, making it a complete and high quality source of protein. Also, soy protein is typically lower in saturated fats, the less healthy fats, than other sources of protein, giving us an additional reason to consider soy as part of our regular diet pattern.
Soy products that make a good source of soy protein include soy foods like soy bars, soy shakes, soy chips, soy pasta, soy nuts, and soy milk. Each of these soy products can be a delicious and satisfying source of soy protein and are easily included in your eating plans.
A soy bar or a soy shake is often the easiest and most convenient way to include soy in your diet and they are often used as a meal-on-the-go when you don’t have time to enjoy a leisurely home-cooked meal. A single soy bar typically has 8 to 15 grams of protein, which is only 16 – 30% of our daily protein needs. Similarly a single soy shake only provides 13 – 15 grams of protein or about 26 – 30% of our daily needs. In contrast, a few select soy bars and soy shakes provide 20 grams of protein or 40% of our daily protein needs. If you are looking for a rich source of dietary protein, these soy products make the most convenient way to meet your daily protein needs.
Other soy foods can make a tasty way to boost your protein intake if your specific protein needs are greater or if you are looking for just a little extra protein in your diet. Soy foods like soy chips, soy pasta, soy nuts, and soy milk can add anywhere from about 3 – 8 grams of soy protein to your daily protein intake. Soy products like soy chips and soy nuts make a delicious hunger-busting between meal or evening snack, while soy foods like soy pasta and soy milk can be an enjoyable part of your lunch or dinner.
Overall, soy foods provide nutritious sources of soy protein. The addition of soy products that contain high quality soy protein to the diet is beneficial for such things as weight loss, normal heart health, skin, hair, and nail appearance, and more*.
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