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Health Benefits of Soybeans

Updated on January 4, 2018
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I live on a homestead in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Writing and reading are my passion.

Where did Soybeans Originate

Soybeans originated in eastern Asia since ancient times. In the 1800's it was grown in the United States for the first time. In the late 1800's soybeans were grown for livestock feed.

High Protein Content in Soy

In 1929 thousands of different varieties of soybeans were brought to America from China. During the civil war soybeans were used as a substitute for coffee. Soy based diets promote longevity as well as a more healthier lifestyle. All legumes including soy have no cholesterol. Soy is a rich source of minerals calcium and iron.

Soy products such as soy milk, fermented tofu and soy miso are rich in protein. Tofu is used in soups, vegetable stir-fries, and pasta sauces. Soy miso is a rich fermented soybean paste, soy miso may be used in soups, sauces and marinates for flavor. Roasted soybeans are similar to peanuts. They are a healthier alternative to peanuts as they contain less fat.

Research of soybeans have discovered that it contains many health benefits. Soy contains all 8 amino acids and it has fatty acids including omega 3 and 6. Besides this soy is very low in saturated fats and it has cholesterol lowering properties. This protects you from heart disease. Whole soybeans may be bought fresh, dried, roasted or canned. The dried or canned soybeans may be added to salads, soups or pasta.

Soybeans Protect Against Tumors

Research on soybeans indicate that certain chemicals in soybeans called isoflavones are responsible for the lowered level of tumors in breasts of Asian women. Isoflavones control the level of estrogen levels in the body especially in premenopausal women. Isoflavones block it from affecting cells. The two main isoflavones found in soybeans and soy products are genistein and daidzein 3. Studies have shown that genistein may inhibit the growth of hormonal tumors, such as breast, colon and prostate tumors. Besides protecting you from tumors, soybeans lessen menopausal symptoms.

Vitamin K in Soybean Oil Gives Protection Against Alzheimers

Soybean oil is the edible oil that is extracted from soybean seeds. Soybean oil is low in saturated fats and contains no cholesterol. The vitamin K present in soybean oil prevents damage to the brain cells and gives protection from Alzheimer’s.

Soybean oil is rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant. It protects the body from harmful free radicals and delays aging. Soybean products also help in the prevention of osteoporosis and bone loss.

Research has shown that soy isoflavone supplements significantly increase bone mineral density in women. Soy protein may also help to prevent calcium loss from your bones. Calcium builds and maintains strong bones and teeth. Iron is used to carry oxygen to tissue and muscle cells.


Health Benefits of Soybeans for Menopausal Women

  • The health benefits of soy for menopausal women are fewer hot flushes as well as protection from coronary heart disease.
  • Small decreases in LDL cholesterol are found by eating soy proteins daily.
  • Soy contain isoflavones which are found in all plants and legumes, including beans, green leafy vegetables and whole grains.

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Men's Health and Impotence

Boil soybeans after soaking them overnight. Place the soybeans in a food blender and blend at high speed until it is a creamy spread. If a food blender is not available, mash by hand. Take the same amount of pumpkin seeds as the soy beans. Remove the outer covering of pumpkin seeds and add to blender. Blend until creamy. Spread on toast and eat daily for three weeks.

  • Soy beans also have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activity.
  • Research have shown that men who's diet contains soy have less prostate cancer and better prostate cancer survival rates.
  • The Asian population is much healthier than Europe and the United States, their diet contain tofu, soymilk and other soy products.
  • Soybeans are high in protein and contain vitamin B2, vitamin K, copper, phosphorus, iron, fiber, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Soybeans contain lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids. Soybean lecithin cleans out veins and arteries thus increasing circulation.
  • Soybeans are high in sex-urge amino acids.

How to Cook Soybeans

Soak the soybeans

Drain the soybeans and place them in a pot

Pour enough water in the pot to cover the soybeans

Boil the soybeans. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and let it simmer.

Cook for two to three hours

Dehusk the soybeans.

Allow the soybeans to cool off.

Once the soybeans are tender, remove them from the heat.

Drain the water from the soybeans.

Conflicting Reports on Soy Safety

Conflicting reports have appeared concerning the health benefits of soy products. Ongoing research will hopefully clarify this concern soon. However the concern seems mostly targeted at soy in baby formulas and processed soy.

  • The Asian population have included soy in their diet for centuries. They have a much lower rate of cardiovascular disease, menopausal symptoms, breast cancer, diabetes and obesity than Western populations.
  • Asian mothers breast feed their infants. Soy products for infants are mostly used by the Western world. The Asian population use mostly fermented soy products. In general, the less processed food you eat the more nutrient dense it will be. Eating fermented soy like tofu as well as lentils are more healthy than processed soy products.
  • Soy is cholesterol free vegetable protein, high in fiber and free of lactose. The soybean seed contains 17 percent oil and 63 percent meal, 50 percent of which is protein. The bean is used in the form of soybean milk as well as tofu, a curd resembling cottage cheese.
  • Soy sauce is used daily in Asian cooking. Soy sauce is produced from crushed soy beans and wheat that undergo yeast fermentation in salt water for six months to a year.
  • Asians enjoy Soymilk as a traditional breakfast drink.

When purchasing soy look for labels marked 'non-GMO'. This is to avoid genetically modified products. There are conflicting reports on the long term health effects of consuming genetically modified foods. Choose organic foods as the chemical pesticides used on many soy plants are not healthy.

References

Living Food for Health - Dr G McKeith

Women's Health Network

© 2016 Anita Hasch

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