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SOYA FOODS | Soy food reduces the heart diseasesBY: Mach | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-08-02
Consumption of 25 grams of Soy protein a day as part of diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Concept of Soya Food and it's extraordinary nutritional value is widespread nowadays not only in India, but also in the neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Because of close affinity of cooked Soya nuggets / granules with cooked mutton or goat meat in taste, it is popularly known to common people of Eastern India and Bangladesh as vegetable meat. Soya nuggets and granules have recently gained more popularity to middle class and lower middle class people because of increasing prices of mutton and goat meat, which are almost four times higher than the former.
Although in India use of Soya bean started becoming known to people around late sixties or early seventies of last century, it was popular in China, Thailand and Japan long back.
Soya bean commonly known as Soybean is a leguminous plant like Beans sold in the vegetable markets. As it contains about 40% protein and 20% oil, Soybean is the best economical source of protein, which is financially affordable to middle class and poor people.
Currently five countries in the world, namely USA, BRAZIL, CHINA, ARGENTINA are producing highest quantity of Soya Bean. In India again 70% of the total quantity of Soya bean is produced only in Madhya Pradesh.
Products commonly produced from Soya Bean for human consumption are Soy flour, Soymilk, Tofu, Soy nuts, Soy sauce, Soy nuggets, Soy granules, etc. However Soy nuggets and Soy sauce are more popular to common people.
According to American Soybean Association, Asia Subcontinent, Soy food reduces the heart diseases. Soluble fiber in Soy Food controls blood sugar. Soy food is good for pregnant women and lactating mothers. Soy food given to children daily improves mental and physical abilities, memory power and hemoglobin levels. Regular Soy food consumption delays the aging process. Soy food everyday is protection against many types of cancers, especially, breast and prostrate.
According to U. S. Food and Drug Administration, 1999 as quoted by American Soybean Association, -Consumption of 25 grams of Soy protein a day as part of diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.-
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