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Video: How Much Soy And Products From It Should Be Eaten So As Not To Harm The Body
Soybeans and all products made from them (milk, yoghurts and cheese) have long been firmly entrenched in the diet of healthy lifestyle adherents and adherents of a plant-based nutrition system. Beans provide the body with complete protein and many nutrients. However, soybeans have no less opponents than admirers: many are sure that regular consumption of beans in food can have a detrimental effect on the body. Let's talk about the pros and cons of the product.
Probably the main benefit of soybeans is their high protein content. No other plant-based product can boast a complete set of essential amino acids in its composition (read the difference between plant and animal protein here). Why is this so important? Along with fats and carbohydrates, protein is necessary for the normal functioning of all body systems from the musculoskeletal to the nervous and cardiovascular. Proteins, or rather the amino acids of which they are composed, form a kind of "building blocks" that make up the entire body. They are responsible for bone strength, tissue regeneration (both skin and internal organs) and many other processes.
In addition, soy is high in vitamins C and E - powerful natural antioxidants. They protect cells from free radical damage, prevent inflammation and slow down the aging process. B vitamins, which are also rich in beans, perfectly strengthen the immune system and normalize metabolism, and vitamin K strengthens bones and prevents calcification and destruction of the walls of blood vessels.
The high content of potassium, magnesium and phosphorus allows soy to strengthen the cardiovascular system and stimulate cognitive function: improve performance and improve memory. Manganese helps control blood sugar levels and speeds up metabolism, while zinc strengthens the immune system.
It is important to understand that all the beneficial properties described above are inherent in whole soybeans, as well as "dairy" products prepared from them - milk, yoghurts and pure cheese. Chocolate or vanilla soy milk, which looks so tempting at you from supermarket shelves, contains so much sugar and preservatives that all the benefits of soy immediately recede into the background. In general, soy sauces and miso paste should be treated with caution and consumed as little as possible - soy is fermented there and does not have much benefit for the body.
It is believed that regular consumption of soy can interfere with digestive function and affect the production of thyroid hormones. However, scientific evidence for this has not yet been found. All the discomfort caused by eating soy is more likely a consequence of individual intolerance that can develop to any food product. Therefore, you should not be afraid of soybeans, but if you want to be completely sure, you can get tested and consult with a nutritionist.