These are the health benefits of soyDecrease risk of cancer - The major isoflavones in soy -- genistein and daidzein exert antioxidant ability. In the instance of cancer, Genistein and daidzein disarm free radicals that would otherwise trigger cellular mutations. Using soy products appears to decrease the risk of breast cancer. Soy products are excellent vegetable sources of protein. Most current health recommendations suggest limiting animal protein, so substituting soy for chicken, beef, or pork makes sense. Soy products may also decrease the risk of colon and prostate cancer.
Protection against osteporosis - A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared the effect of soy protein and milk protein on postmenopausal women's bone density and mineral content. The soy protein diets were fortified with calcium to equal that of the control diet. Results showed that both bone mineral and density increased significantly in the group that ate soy protein with higher content of isoflavones.
Low in saturated fats - Soy products are free of the saturated fat implicated in many health problems.
Rich in isoflavones - Isoflavones belong to the group of phytochemicals. Isoflavones in soy appear to increase the bone mineral content of postmenopausal women, decreasing the possibility of osteoporosis and reduces symptoms of the menopause.
Lowers cholesterol - Soy products appear to lower total blood cholesterol and LDL levels at about the same rate as decreasing fat in the diet.
Rich in fiber - One serving of tempeh contains more fiber than most Americans consume in one day. Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive tract as well as preventing many chronic diseases.
Other uses of soySoy is also used to make non-food products such soy candles, soy biodiesel and soy crayons.
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