Soy is considered as one of nature’s best gifts, it is a wonder food that is widely used in health stores for natural herbal supplements and even in Asian markets all around the world.
Over the past years, this food become more popular in most grocery stores as it is packaged in variety of products, flavors and attractive and fancy packaging. Also, rumors says that this food is a good food to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Before you jump into grocery stores to purchase soy products, or before you ran to the nearest Asian restaurant and order that miso with tofu, to reduce the risk or even help cure breast cancer, it will be wise if you really understand how this food is made and how it can impact your health.
Not just your soy sauce or tofu
Soy foods come from soy beans, a crop that has been part of Asian diet for generations. Soy is used as an ingredient for many viands, cuisines and herbal medicines, but just used during 1980s in America primarily for livestock purposes.
Soy is available in many products like soy milk, soy powder and flour, tofu, miso paste, edamama or green soy beans and TVP or textured vegetable protein. It is even used in other meat analogue foods such as bacon-like strips, meatless meatballs, crumbles in burger style and even in chicken-shaped nuggets.
Health benefits of soy
Soy is a good source of protein, thus it can be your vegetarian meat, and some of its products are even used for vegetarian diets. Tofu for example, is almost always part of every Asian meal. Combines with some seasonings and flavorings, this food can really taste like meat.
Soy is very rich in protein, and can significantly lower the body’s level of cholesterol and blood pressure. Research also shows that it contains vitamins to help women in their menopause symptoms and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
With a right amount of soy in your daily diet, you can strengthen you immune system by reducing your cholesterol and triglycerides. 25 grams of soy protein daily is even advised by FDA to provide enough protein for the body to be really healthy. However, consumers must always see the labels first of soy products before consuming the food.
Soy is not just rich in amino acids, which is the building block of protein, a necessary mineral for human body nutrition. Soy is also contains isoflavones (phytoestrogens), a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent cell damage which is known as oxidation that are caused by free radicals.
Isoflavones in soy acts like a pseudo estrogen and works like amoxifen, it helps block receptors of estrogen and prevent the possibility of recurring estrogen-sensitive disease, which is breast cancer. This may sound so good as a food that can save your life.
However, be conscious in consuming over-the-counter soy products every day, as it can help the development of tumor in the breast and help fuel breast cancer as too much isoflavons genistein in concentrated form may trigger the development of breast tumor.
For safe soy consumption, choose that natural soy over processed over-the-counter soy supplements and products