Benefits and facts about Soya Bean

04
Sep
2020

Soya beans are the greatest sources for plant-based protein. Therefore, products made from soya bean has been popular and long known as replacement of meat especially among vegan and vegetarian. Why does soya bean become a popular choice as replacement of meat and what are the health benefits of having soya bean?

Products like soya milk, tofu and soy flour which are made from soya bean are rich in essential nutrients, protein.

There are two sources of protein which are from animal and plant. However, plant-based protein such as beans and nuts has been identified as incomplete plant protein due to lack of one fundamental amino acid.

Nevertheless, proteins found in soya bean and animal consists of all amino acids required to build protein in the human body. Thus, soya beans and products made from soya beans are recognised as complete plant protein.

Health benefits of having soya-made products:

  • Rich source of minerals and vitamins such as calcium and vitamin K
  • Higher in omega fats while lower in saturated fat than meats
  • Free of lactose, suitable for people with lactose intolerance
  • High in fibre
  • Good source of antioxidants

Apart from the above, soya intake also helps to lower down bad cholesterol level which may reduce the risk of heart-related diseases. Soya consumption may reduce the risk of certain cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer.

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Reference: Healthhub.sg.2020. Soya Bean — The Unique Plant Protein [online] Available at: <https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/190/soya_unique_plant_protein>