Healthy Foods The soya bean.

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A look at yet another of the wonder foods we all take for granted, this time is the humble Soya bean.
Read on to find out just HOW good this modest little bean is and what it can do for us and the planet.

You will almost certainly eat some soya beans sometimes

Soybeans or Soya Beans are grown as a low-cost source of protein for animal feeds, and many meat and dairy analogues, such as textured vegetable protein (TVP) Being an oilseed rather than a pulse means it, can also be process into soy vegetable oil.

Plus many other things. All-vegetable non-dairy whipped toppings are made from Soy and your veggie burger will almost certainly be made from soya beans.

So many uses

The amazing soya bean can be made into the following foodstuff

  • Soy sauce
  • Bean paste
  • Natto
  • Tempeh
  • Milk, milkshakes and Cream
  • Crisps
  • Biscuits (Cookies)
  • Protein bars
  • Soy nuts
  • Burgers
  • Yogurt
  • Tofu
  • Hotdogs
  • Bacon
  • Sausages
  • Flour
  • Mincemeat (Ground beef)
  • Cheese

And some of the Non-food stuff

  • Candles
  • Petrol alternative
  • Building Insulating
  • Logs (For wood burning stoves)
  • Carpet backing
  • Ink
  • Cosmetics
  • Shampoo
  • Crayons

Healping with health

Tempeh (a fermented soy product) was associated with better memory in the elderly, and the latest research has found that consuming soy protein before, as well as after, menopause may help protect bones from becoming weak and brittle, and that several natural components of soy may help protect against colon cancer

Foods with a low glycemic index plus high in dietary fiber make the management of diabetes a lot easer to control

The downside is that allergy to soy is common, and the food is listed with other foods that commonly cause allergy, such as milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish.

And to be fair a look at the other side. I quote from an recent article.
"It's true that there have been studies showing negative effects associated with soy consumption. But it is a rare situation where every single study on a subject is in agreement. There are always a few that sit in direct contrast to the majority of the studies.

So it is never a good idea to suggest broad conclusions or recommendations based on one or two studies. By picking and choosing individual studies carefully enough, you can prove just about anything you would like about nutrition. That's why health experts look at all the research and pay attention to the totality of the evidence, not just to a few studies. Many of the studies that have concluded that soy is unhealthful have used animals as subjects. Drawing conclusions about human health from animal research can be very misleading. For example, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contain a compound (called indole-3 carbinol) that is an anticarcinogen in humans. But in some other species, it causes cancer.

If we looked only at the results of the studies in those species, the FDA would no doubt ban broccoli and cabbage from grocery stores."

The next time you eat meat or drink cows milk think about this.

The humble Soybean can produce at least double the amount of protein per acre as any other major vegetable or grain harvest, five to ten times more protein per acre than land set aside for animals just for their milk, and up to fifteen times more protein per acre than land set aside for meat production, the world population is growing at a huge rate, so this little bean could well be man’s Saviour.

In Japan Soya Beans are known as Edamame, the seeds come in many colours including black, brown and blue, yellow, green and mottled. The Soya bean is listed as one of the "complete proteins" (A complete protein is one that contains significant amounts of all the essential amino acids that must be provided to the human body”)

Not one of those beans you can eat raw.

I quote from the US Food and Drug Administration:

“Soy protein products can be good substitutes for animal products because, unlike some other beans, soy offers a ‘complete’ protein profile. … Soy protein products can replace animal-based foods—which also have complete proteins but tend to contain more fat, especially saturated fat—without requiring major adjustments elsewhere in the diet”

Soy protein is the nutritional equivalent of meat, eggs, and casein, it can encourage indigenous bifidobacteria in the colon against putrefactive bacteria and therefore consuming soy may reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Remember, all diets are best if you vary the foods you eat, so don’t base your food in-take to just Soy-based foods, there are so many different foods that are just as healthy as soy, so take advantage of the whole range of good foods, and your body will thank you for it, too much of one thing can reverse all the good you have done.
Raw soybeans, including the immature green form, are toxic to humans, swine and chickens, in fact, all monogastric (That’s animals that have a simple single-chambered stomach) yup I didn’t know what that meant either.) so dont go eating them raw.

Grow around the world, and not just for eating

The United States is the largest soya bean grower in the world producing a massive 80.5 million metric tons a year, exporting over 90% of the world’s soybeans, closely followed by Brazil with 59.9 million metric tons and Argentina with 46.2 million metric tons a year, its grow mainly to feed farm animals, a very small proportion of the crop is consumed directly by humans.

Soy is just as good as a fertilizer, In 1932-33 the Ford Motor Company spent approximately $1,250,000 on soybean research, soybean oil was used to paint the cars, and as fluid for shock absorbers, he even demonstrated auto body panels made from soy-based plastics, Ford was so excited about the prospects of soy there was even in 1941 "The Soybean Car", built out of such plastics.

An artificial silk made out of soy “Azlon” was produced but it never reached the commercial market, DuPont’s nylon put a stop to that particular market, (A little trivia for you, the name Nylon come from New York and London for it was in these two cities the formula was discovered.)
The American Food and Drug Administration credited soy food as "an official cholesterol-lowering food" and to reducing the risk of heart disease.

And Finally a little warning.

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Some of my other articles on Health foods include:-
Linseed & Flaxseed
White Tea
Aloe Vera


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th Mar 2011 (#)

My wife and I have recently started eating more soy, and less meat. We even one time tried eating the beans themsleves but that wasnt so great. I often cook with soy and people would not know it wasn't chicken. My step daughter drinks soy milk and loves it.

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author avatar johnnydod
30th Mar 2011 (#)

I buy soy frozen beans and cook them along with some of my other veg, and sometimes after cooking them I add them to a tin of veg soup.

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author avatar Retired
30th Mar 2011 (#)

Excellent article--well researched, informative and well written. Thanks!

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author avatar foxpete88
31st Mar 2011 (#)

great one, thanks 4 sharing.-

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
1st Apr 2011 (#)

A star page about the star food.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
1st Apr 2011 (#)

A spectacular presentation on a subject near and dear to my heart--and body!

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author avatar johnnydod
1st Apr 2011 (#)

Cheers Jimmy

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author avatar Delicia Powers
2nd Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks, very informative!

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Apr 2011 (#)

Excellent article again, abd so well deserved of that Star Page, Johnny...Loved the warning too....wish we could stop these spammers spoiling our work!! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar johnnydod
9th Apr 2011 (#)

Well thanks songbird, we now have a way of deleting these comments, thank goodness

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author avatar Maria Malone
18th Apr 2011 (#)

Well written with good information!

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