Soybeans - a healthy food in daily diet

Published: 03/04/2017 08:54

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Soybeans, which are also known as soya beans, are a species of legume that have become one of the most widely consumed foods in the world. They are extremely useful for human health. They are classified as an oil seed, rather than a pulse, like most legumes, soybeans become so wildly important and popular in recent decades because of the rising in popularity of soy food, including soy milk and textured vegetable protein. The high levels of protein make it an ideal protein source for vegetarians, and the wide variety of soy products has created a massive new market. Why soybeans should be added to our diet, the reason are below:

1. Cancer prevention

The levels of antioxidants in soybeans make it generally good for preventing the onset of various cancers. Antioxidants seek out and neutralize free radicals, which are the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism. These free radicals can cause healthy cells to mutate into deadly cancer cells. Furthermore, the high fiber content in soybeans means has been connected to a reduction in colorectal and colon cancer, since fiber helps to ease the digestive process and put far less strain on the gastrointestinal system.

2. Digestive Health

One of the most common elements to be lacking in a person’s diet is fiber. Fiber is an essential part of a healthy body, particularly in terms of the digestive system. Fiber actually bulks up your stool, making it move through your digestive system smoothly. Furthermore, fiber stimulates peristaltic motion, which is the contraction of the smooth muscles that pushes food through your system. Fiber is vital to our bodies because constipation can be a very serious condition that can lead to more serious conditions, including colorectal cancer

3. Blood vessel integrity strengthening

Soybeans contain powerful phyto-antioxidants like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that can protect the blood vessels from lesions and hemorrhage. This nutrient is useful in binding blood vessel lining and helps to defend the lining cells for free radical attacks and deposit of cholesterol. The binding process boost the fluidity and flexibility of the blood vessels that helps to regulate the body’s blood pressure.

4. Bad cholesterol reducing

Eat soybean as a dietary protein to reduce the total cholesterol and “bad cholesterol” level in your body. Soybeans are high in good fat or polyunsaturated fats that lower LDL or bad cholesterol levels. Consume 50 g of soy each day to lower your LDL cholesterol by 3%.

5. Circulation and oxygenation


Copper and iron are two minerals found abundance in soybeans, and both of them are essential for the formation of red blood cells. With an appropriate amount of red blood cells in the body, extremities of the body and essential organ system can get the blood flow and oxygen that they need to function efficiently. They maximized metabolic activity and increase energy levels, while also avoiding dangerous conditions like anemia. 

6. Fetal development

Soybean seeds are rich source of vitamin B, C and E, they are also full of essential nutrients like calcium, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and copper. Moreover, vitamin K helps in blood cells production and folic acid is required for fetal development. Expectant mother can consume soybean to ensure that their body gets the requisite amount of nutrients for the proper development of fetus. 

Tips to use soybeans: 

  - Soybeans are considered safe during Pregnancy and breast-feeding. But ensure that the quantity consumed is within normal range. Excessive consumption of Soybeans protein during pregnancy can harm the baby.

 - Soy is also safe for children, when taken in normal amount.

 - Soy milk can cause nutrient deficiencies, when taken regularly.

 - Children allergic to cow’s milk must not be given soybean.

 - Soy products increase the chances of kidney stones, as it contains oxalates.

 - Avoid consuming soybeans if you have bladder cancer or an under-active thyroid.

 - Asthma patients are easily allergic to soybeans.


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