Some people give soybeans a bad rap, someone just told me that ‘they’re not good for men’. I love them and use organic soybeans in every form available: soy sauce, soymilk, soy flour, tofu and in their natural state in pods called Edamame in Japanese. Soybeans are versatile and adaptable, having little flavor of their own soy products are easily used in many applications letting any seasonings or other flavors shine through.
Soybeans are easily digested (even more so with tofu) and supports growth and bodybuilding, especially in children. Classified as protein, soybeans contain essential amino acids. Soybean foods regulate insulin levels, normalizes the blood glucose levels which provide stable energy for diabetics and eating soybeans improves metabolism..
Soybeans contain minerals that promote good health: iron, manganese, molybdenum, magnesium, copper, phosphorous, calcium and potassium. Soybeans are high in Vitamin B complex. Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Soybeans are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, dietary fiber and tryptophan (helps you relax and sleep). Soybeans are also rich in phytosterols, isoflavones, lecithin, methionine, protease inhibitors and phytoestrogens.
Soybeans promote good heart health by lowering LDL cholesterol, are effective in reducing Plasma cholesterol and lowers triglycerides. Soybeans provide relief from hypertension (high blood pressure) by reducing LDL and raising HDL cholesterol, helps to prevent hardening of the arteries. Soybeans improve platelet production and prevent blood clots, this helps to lower the risk of strokes. Soybeans improve nitric oxide production eliminate free scavenging oxygen radicals and prevents atherosclerosis because they are a good source of Isoflavones.
The lecithin in soybeans promotes relaxation and eliminates fatigue, and is good for the kidneys. Lecithin also can improve vision. Lecithin is also good for diabetics because it raises the gamma globulin content. Lecithin also provides relief from skin rashes including eczema; cures bed sores, prevents melancholia, and prevents gastro intestinal disorders.
Soybeans are a rich source of linoleic acid and linoleic acid, which are unsaturated fatty acids and good for the brain. The presence of isoflavones, genistein and diadzein in soya beans help to prevent prostate cancer, prevent ovarian cancer and effectively lower the risk of many other types of cancer as well.
For vegetarians, soybeans are considered a great meat replacement because they provides more protein than meat and are easily absorbed. Soybeans are able to provide relief from osteoporosis, especially in women and provide relief from menopause disorders because they contain estrogen. This must be why some men think they aren’t good for men-don’t they know it’s only a 2% hormone difference between men and women? It’s going to take more than soybeans to get men more in touch with their female side, no matter how much soy sauce or tofu they eat.
Here are a few Non-Recipe Recipes:
Silk tofu: add it to the blender instead of protein powder or an egg, add non-dairy milk (my new favorite is coconut milk), and a serving of fruit. Great start to the day.
Edamame: steam in a basket over a few inches of boiling water, add a little salt, eat it like popcorn.
Medium Tofu: slice it into sticks, dip in corn starch, fry in vegetable oil, season while hot. Eat like French Fries.
Firm Tofu: Place a slice onto of ice. top with grated daikon and chopped green onion and a drizzle of gluten-free soy sauce. The most perfect hot weather protein, satisfying and refreshing.