Benefits of Soyabean and How It Helps in Preventing Various Diseases

Friday, January 9, 2009

There are a number of foods that have various health benefits. These foods not only give essential nutrition to your body but also prevent you from several diseases. Soyabean is one among them. This article will emphasize on the benefits of soyabean and soyabean how to prepare salad.

Soybeans, the complete plant protein, soyabean, belongs to the legume family and is a native of East Asia. It has been an important source of protein in the Eastern countries for thousands of years. Scientists and researchers concur that soy protein is complete. For many years we believed that complete protein (with all essential amino acids) came only from egg and milk. Now research shows that soy protein is as good as milk and egg protein.

Epidemiological studies indicate that incidence of chronic diseases like coronary artery disease is much lower in the Japanese population because they consume more than 50 grams a day of soyabean. There is increasing evidence that consuming protein regularly may help to lower cholesterol by binding bile acids. The isoflavones (antioxidants) present in soy is believed to reduce cancer cell activity. Unlike animal protein, soy protein decreases calcium excretion from the body and therefore may help in controlling osteoporosis.

Soyabean is high in fiber and has a low glycemic index which helps in better control of blood sugar levels. Soy has more fat and protein compared to other pulses like Bengal gram, black gram and green gram and ahs fewer carbohydrates than these pulses. Soy contains a good amount of vitamins, minerals and fiber. How to eat soyabeans? - Is the main question. Here is a recipe one can try:

Soyabean salad ingredients

Soyabean soaked overnight - 225 grams, green gram sprouts - 100 grams, shredded spring onions - ½ bunch, olive oil - 1 tablespoon, lemon juice - 2 tablespoons, crushed garlic clove - 1 and salt, pepper to taste

Method: Drain soyabean. Add fresh water to cover and cook till soyabean is tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Blend oil, lemon juice and garlic together and pour over warm beans. Toss and leave aside to cool. Mix with salt and pepper. Just before serving mix in the sprouts and spring onions.
Hope I have covered the major benefits of healthy soyabean. Always eat healthy for healthy life.


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