For those who have been following my articles on Soy till date you may have realized my affinity towards using Soy as part of my regular diet. While there is no replacing exercise as the foremost way to keep healthy, making important changes in diet and lifestyle will help maintain good health at the same time decrease the risk of heart disease.
The role of the heart in a healthy body cannot be overstated. It is one of the most vital organs which needs proper maintenance. This is especially true for adults, who may lead a stressful lifestyle and have responsibilities. All these have an effect on mental state, which in turn exerts a pressure on the heart. A healthy heart is needed to firmly withstand and live through them.
Soy protein is said to be a fighter against LDL or bad cholesterol without affecting the good cholesterol (HDL). This is the reduces the risk of heart diseases as the Soy is a high source of fibre, high-quality protein, essential fatty acids (Omega-3), minerals and vitamins. These proteins are plant-based proteins, and with intensive research done in this field, it has been demonstrated that Soy brings in cardiovascular benefits positively impacting blood pressure.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) daily intake of 25 mg of Soy protein will help in reducing the risk of heart disease. Soy added to your platter will keep the diet low in fat and saturated fats. Doctors at the American Heart Association advocate that animal protein needs to be replaced with plant protein to avoid any negative impact on the heart going forward.
Soy protein is equivalent to an animal protein that is available in egg, meat and dairy products. As Soy protein is a plant protein, it is naturally low in fat and has less saturated fats free of cholesterol and lactose. Soy has been a part of the food chain from over 5000 years giving great benefits to the complete body set up.
Soy A Complete Food
Soy protein can be consumed in varied ways such as Soy flour, Soy milk, Soy nuts, Soy nuts,Soy Cheese and many more. Soy can be used as Soy protein ingredients like beverages, cereals, nutrition bars and snacks that are hit with the kids and adults. These can also be blended with other food products to make the diet Soy-rich.
My suggestions on how ways we can incorporate soy into our daily diet,
- A breakfast with low-fat Soy milk and a sandwich with Soy cheese instead of milk cheese will keep the stomach full but devoid of fat and cholesterol.
- For those who do not care to eat Chicken everyday as a source of protein then replacing Tofu for Chicken in a sandwich or gravy will make the meal complete yet healthy on stomach and heart.
- For those on the move, Soy-rich nutrition bar in between meals is a healthy snack.
- An evening smoothie can be blended with Soy milk, Soy Protein Powder and any fruit of your choice will keep you full and fresh till your dinner is on your platter.
The PUFAs or polyunsaturated fatty acids present in Soy are amazing on the heart health as they have a lot of Omega 3, vitamins, minerals and a lot of antioxidants to keep the blood purified, keeping the heart healthy.
Soy for all cultures
With a high nutritional profile and a rich history of enjoyable and delectable taste across cultures Soy is being encouraged across boundaries for more than centuries.
With a high nutritional profile and a rich history of enjoyable and delectable taste across cultures, soy has been encouraged across the world for centuries. The Japanese are known for using tofu, miso and natto as staples in their diet. Processed soy products are used by the Chinese. In Indonesia, fermented soy product is the most tempting of all, either in the form of a snack or a meal. In Western countries, the love for soy food is increasing and is becoming the replacement of meat and dairy products among those who are taking to vegetarian food. Tofu for its health benefits is replacing the egg for breakfast, chicken for lunch and cream and soft cheese for dinner.
The consumption of soy leads to good heart health. The Japanese have a lower incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD). The Shanghai Women’s Health Study (SWHS) suggests that women who consumed soy foods at least five times per week were one-third less likely to die of CHD compared with women who consumed soy foods no more than two times per week.
All the above discussions and studies have portrayed that soy in a diet helps the person avoid heart diseases and improves health. Soy in the diet feels lighter and better on stomach and heart. The more we research into the study, the more we find that soy is good for health, especially for the heart. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and soy inclusion lead to a great life. About three servings per day of soy foods will likely provide the amount of soy protein you need on a daily basis.
Healthy eating is vital for a happy and healthy life. There are a number of products that have been part of a regular diet for a long time, such as milk and meat. Per recent research, soy has been found as a fantastic alternative for specifically these products, owing to its high concentration of protein.
Being plant-based, this protein is safer and healthier than animal protein, as well as a great alternative for those who indulge in a vegetarian diet. Try substituting soy into your diet, and the benefits will soon be apparent to you too.