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Soy / Soya - A Holy Food

Written by Inara Hasanali, M.A.  | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Mar 09, 2021
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Soy or Soya A Holy Food

Soy or Soya is a crop which has been cultivated from thousands of years. Although it considered as a native of East Asia particularly China it is now grown in all parts of the world and is an important food and cash crop. It is one among the five holy crops. It belongs to the family of legumes. It grows under variable conditions. Hence it is an important crop worldwide.


Soya beans are a very pale yellow in colour. Some rare varieties are black, brown or even green in colour. Fresh soya beans have a shelf life of up to two days. The dried soya beans can be stored in airtight containers for very long periods of time. When properly stored they can maintain their original state for over a period of one year.

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Soy has been in the news as it is cheap source of high quality protein, other nutritional benefits. It has many benefits and can be the ideal food for diabetics.

Soya has a lot to offer to the consumer in terms of nutrition. But claims of it being considered as a wonder food are better taken with a pinch of salt as although it has a lot of health benefits there are also some potentially limiting factors in soy.

It is best to treat it as a high protein food which is a boon for vegetarians. It should form part of a balanced diet together with other basic foods.

Soybeans, mature cooked, boiled, without salt

The nutritional values of "Soybeans, mature cooked, boiled, without salt" per 100 grams are:
Nutrition Summary
Total Calories 173
Protein 16.6 g
Fat 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 9.9 g
NutrientsAmount%Daily Value
Calcium, Ca 102 mg 10.2 %
Copper, Cu 0.41 mg 20.35 %
Iron, Fe 5.14  mg 28.56 %
Magnesium, Mg 86 mg 21.5 %
Manganese, Mn 0.82 mg 41.2 %
Phosphorus, P 245 mg 24.5 %
Potassium, K 515  mg 14.71 %
Selenium, Se 7.3 mcg 10.43 %
Sodium, Na 1 mg 0.04 %
Zinc, Zn 1.15 mg 7.67 %
Vitamin A 9  IU 0.18 %
Vitamin C 1.7 mg 2.83 %
Vitamin B6 0.23 mg 11.7 %
Vitamin E 0.35 mg 1.17 %
Vitamin K 19.2  mcg 24 %
Riboflavin 0.29  mg 16.76 %
Thiamin 0.16 mg 10.33 %
Folate, DFE 54  mcg 13.5 %
Niacin 0.4  mg 2 %
Sugars 3 g
Fiber 6  g 24 %
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Water 62.55 g
Carotene, alpha 0 mcg
Carotene, beta 5  mcg
Choline 47.5 mg
Lycopene 0  mcg
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Data source: USDA Nutrient Database, R25
*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

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)

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


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