Written by Inara Hasanali, M.A.  | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Mar 20, 2015

Soy or Soya Benefits

Soy protein and isoflavones present in the soya bean help in maintaining good health. There has been substantial research on the various beneficial effects of soy. However there also have been some claims that soy may not be the wonder food and this is more of an industrial claim to boost soy sales around the world.

Soy does have benefits and almost any food when taken in appropriate amounts is always a powerhouse of nutrients and promotes good health. Nature has provided a healthy mixture of nutrients in all foods. Soya has a good mixture of essential nutrients When taken in appropriate amounts which are currently set at two servings it is a nutritious food.

Research studies have shown that soy protein has the beneficial effect of lowering LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins) or “bad cholesterol”. Hence the FDA has approved the cholesterol lowering claim of soy protein.

Soy helps in weight loss - Soy can be considered as a food which does promote weight loss due to the following factors:

  • Soy has a high satiety value. Hence the beneficial feeling of fullness makes you eat lesser quantities and thus avoid unnecessary calories.
  • It is low in carbohydrates. This legume is the only vegetable which has more protein than carbohydrate which is definitely good for health.
  • It has a low glycemic index. This is extremely beneficial especially for diabetics.
  • It is a complete protein. It has all the essential amino acids which are needed to maintain good health since you can avoid other higher calorie complete protein foods like meats, chicken, eggs etc.

Soy as a source of energy: Soy can provide energy has high protein content which can be converted to calories. The antioxidants can neutralize free radicals formed in the body. With its high protein content it can build and maintain lean body mass.

Soy and Heart Health: Many studies conducted on soy have proved that soy consumption promotes the maintenance of normal cholesterol levels and may also help in lowering the LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels.

Soy and Skin and Hair: Multiple studies have shown that soy can help in softening the skin and make skin, nails and hair healthier. This may be attributed to the high anti oxidant content present in soya beans.

Other Benefits: Many studies have shown that soy helps in the following conditions.

  • It maintains bone health.
  • It maintains normal premenstrual syndrome and menstrual health.
  • It maintains normal prostate health.

It may have beneficial effects on fertility, thyroid function, colon and digestive tract health and even kidney health.

Soy or Soya – A Holy Food -References

  1. Eisenstein J, Roberts SB, Dallal G, Saltzman E. High-protein weight-loss diets: are they safe and do they work? A review of the experimental and epidemiologic data. Nutr Rev 2002, 60:189-200.
  2. Sydney University's Glycaemic Index Research Service. The glycaemic and insulin index values of six soy-based foods. The Glycaemic Index Report, July 2004.
  3. What is soy protein? - (http://www.soya.be/soy-protein.php)

Comments

priyaa Monday, January 26, 2009

In what form is Soya to be consumed? Defatted soy flour, sprouted soya beans or soy protein as an ingredient in any health food?

Thingz8 Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I believe all of those form of soya is good. Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

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