Soymilk, which is made from soaking, grinding and boiling soy beans with water, is a very nutritious drink. Soy is naturally high in essential fatty acids, proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals. These nutrients provide energy and keep your body functioning at its optimum level.
As the taste of commercial soymilk improves more and more people are drinking it as enjoyment. But many people drink soy milk for the added health benefits.
If you’re allergic to dairy, lactose intolerant or you just aren’t crazy about the taste of dairy milk, reach for soy milk as a comparable alternative. It generally has a longer shelf life than dairy milk, and some types of packaged soy milk can be stored at room temperature for months, which helps eliminate waste caused by food spoilage.
The health benefits of soymilk include lowering risk of cholesterol, cancer, and obesity. It helps in improving cardiovascular health and reducing risk of many postmenopausal problems. The protein content of soymilk makes it a beneficial supplement for a plant based diet.
Soy products are popular with those eating a vegetarian diet because of the high protein content of the soybean. Soymilk and other soy products is traditional staple of Asian cuisine. It can also be used to make tofu which is like a substitute to cheese.
Many choose soymilk because of its versatility and ability to be used as a milk replacement in recipes. It is available in chocolate and vanilla flavours. Some also drink salted soy milk in countries such as China and India.
Soy products replace many meat dishes and when milk is extracted from the soybean it is a nutritious replacement for those who do not consume dairy products.
Improve Lipid Profile (Soymilk)
The most important attribute of soy milk is its ability to improve your blood lipid profile. Unlike dairy milk, which is high in saturated fat and cholesterol, soy milk fat is mostly unsaturated with zero cholesterol. The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids in soy can inhibit the transport of cholesterol into your blood stream. Studies have shown that regular intake of soy can significantly lower you blood concentrations of triglyceride and low density lipoproteins (LDL) and raise the level of high density lipoproteins (HDL). This combined effect makes soy milk an ideal drink if you have high cholesterol or have a family history of coronary heart diseases.
Soy milk is naturally lower in sugar content than regular milk. Cow’s milk has about 12 grams of sugar per cup as opposed to only 7 grams in soy milk. This is why a cup of whole soy milk has only 80 calories, which is the equivalent of skim milk. In addition, the monounsaturated fatty acid in soy milk can inhibit your intestinal absorption of fat, which is another great advantage for weight loss. Drinking soy milk also gives you an extra dose of fiber, keeping your feeling fuller for longer time.
Metabolic obesity which occurs most often in men as well as post-menopausal women may be beneficially affected by the consumption of soy isoflavones. The hormonaleffects of soy isoflavones work to inhibit adipogenesis resulting in reduced enlargement of adipose tissue.
Include soy milk in your diet as a source of protein. Unlike most plant-based proteins — which contain some, but not all, of the amino acids you need in your diet — soy contains all nine essential amino acids. Your body assembles these amino acids into new proteins, including antibodies essential for immune system function, structural proteins that hold your tissues together, and enzymes that help your cells produce energy. Each cup of unsweetened, plain soy milk provides 7 grams of protein.
Vegetable proteins have the advantage that they cause less loss of calcium through the kidneys. It is known that a diet rich in animal (and dairy protein) creates a higher risk for osteoporosis.
During menopause, a woman’s natural production of estrogen drops to a minimum. The sudden reduction of estrogen creates a number of health problems for postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal women have higher risks of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. They are also more vulnerable to depression, mood swings, insomnia and other psychological disorders. The phytoestrogen in soy is an effective estrogen replacement. Regular intake of soy is a great way to prevent and alleviate these postmenopausal syndromes.