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10 properties of soy that will benefit your health

25 mayo, 2021

It’s your turn to learn some recipes with soy and its properties for you to take advantage of. This is a food that has gained popularity over the years and we explain why.

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What is soy?

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Did you know that soy is from the legume family? (Photo: Getty Images)

Soybeans or soybeans are a species in the legume family (Fabaceae). The soybean grain and its by-products (soybean oil and flour, mainly) are commonly used in human nutrition but, at this point you must ask yourself, how does this little seed benefit you? The nutritionist Laura Romero from the Nutrest center will explain it to us. Take note!

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10 Properties of this food

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Soy (Photo: Getty Images)

  1. Provides protein of plant origin, polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  2. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized that 25 grams per day of soy protein can lower cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease.
  3. The great protein value of this legume makes it a great substitute for meat in vegan diets; this is limiting in an amino acid (methionine), therefore it is important that it is combined with a cereal (rice, quinoa, oats) to be able to form a good quality of protein.
  4. It helps in menopausal disorders and during menstrual periods by presenting isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogens.
  5. Soy-based foods are recommended for obese and diabetic patients, due to their low glycemic index.
  6. One study suggests that foods with isoflavones, such as soy, can lower blood pressure. These substances help the body make nitric oxide, which helps widen the blood vessels.
  7. This legume acts as an antioxidant and moisturizer for the skin. Prevents the skin of your face from looking dry, stimulating the formation of collagen.
  8. The main property of this legume is protein, which acts as a skin restorer to improve the texture of the hands, feet, elbows and knees.
  9. Soybean oil also serves to promote hair growth, as well as add strength and shine to hair.
  10. Finally, it gives dry and damaged hair softness, shine and hydration. You will have a mane of envy!

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Recipe: soy and walnut gazpacho

Ingredients

  • 1 package of 185 g of hydrated and drained textured soybeans
  • 3/4 of cup of walnut chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 100 g of panela cheese
  • 1 1/2 liters of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. In a saucepan, heat the oil and fry the garlic until golden brown.
  2. Add the walnut and cook without stopping to move, when it begins to release aroma, add the soy and 1/2 liter of milk; cook until boiling; remove and let cool.
  3. Blend the above together with the cheese and 1/2 liter of milk until you obtain a homogeneous mixture.
  4. Pour into a container, add the rest of the milk and season.

Important note

Soybeans also contain a natural substance called purine, which when consumed in large amounts can make gout worse. Therefore, it is not recommended in people with this condition.

Are you going to give this food a try? Now that you know the properties of soy, do not miss the opportunity to try it.

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