If you enjoy soy as part of your regular dietary habits, then you are probably well aware of the many benefits of soy. However, many others are just starting to think about adding soy foods to their diet and are really just starting to learn about the benefits of soy. Soy has been reported in the scientific literature to have numerous benefits, too many to list here. However, a few of the reported benefits of soy are briefly discussed below.
Soybeans are Nutritional Powerhouses – Soybeans are a rich source of protein. In fact, about 37% of the raw soybean consists of protein. The protein in soy is a complete, high quality protein that meets all of our protein nutritional requirements. Of the fat present in soybeans, over 80% is of the healthier, unsaturated kind. Soybeans also are a quality source of several vitamins and minerals including folate, calcium, zinc, and iron. The nutritional profile of soybeans makes them an excellent choice as part of a healthy diet.
Soy Foods Support Healthy Weight Loss – Research shows that one of the other benefits of soy is that soy products can be an effective part of a healthy diet plan. Dieters in the soy diet arm of my weight loss trial lost a remarkable 26 pounds on average in just 16 weeks. Additionally, it has been reported that soy protein shakes can improve body composition by decreasing either total body fat or decreasing belly fat in postmenopausal women.*
Many Soy Products are Low Glycemic – Many soy foods and soy products made from soybeans have a low glycemic index, another of the many benefits of soy. Low glycemic soy products have carbohydrates that are slowly digested and absorbed, producing smaller rises in blood sugar. This might lead to fewer hunger cravings and better appetite control. A study by leading experts found that many Revival soy products have a low glycemic index with little impact on blood sugar.*
Soy Eases Hot Flashes and Night Sweats – Numerous research studies have demonstrated that another of the benefits of soy protein and soy isoflavones is that they can help ease normal menopausal discomforts like hot flashes and night sweats. Results from one study found that daily use of Revival soy products improved postmenopausal quality of life with a typical reduction in hot flashes and night sweats of about 40% in just 12 weeks.*
Although soybeans and the soy foods and soy products made from soybeans have been around for centuries, many of us are not aware of the many benefits of soy. While countries like Japan, China, and Korea include soy foods in their diets on a regular basis, Western countries like the United States consume few soy foods on average. With current research pointing out the nutritional benefits of soy and the addition of soy foods to the newest dietary guidelines for Americans, hopefully more people will become aware of the benefits of soy as a key part of a healthy lifestyle.
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