The Joy of Soy
If you have thought about changing up the way you eat, April is as good a time as any to start. This is National Soyfoods Month, a celebration of all things soy. Whether you incorporate soy-based foods like tofu, edamame, or soy milk regularly into your meal plans, or enjoy soy once in a while, this is a good time to learn more about it.
For one, is soy healthy? Numerous studies have touted the benefits of consuming soyfoods, such as reduced risk of heart disease, while others refute claims that soy is a cure-all for health problems. Vegetarians may encourage soy as a substitute for animal proteins, but you don’t have to be a strict adherent of a plant-based diet to enjoy it.
Reasons people may add soyfoods to their plates include:
It’s versatile. Depending on how it’s prepared, soyfoods take on the flavor and texture of animal proteins in a variety of dishes. Soy is available in forms that resemble meat patties and crumbles, milk and dairy-like products, and even soy flour for baking. Silken tofu may be used in desserts as pie filling or as a substitute for cream cheese in cheesecake.
It’s nutrient-rich. Soyfoods have no cholesterol and are lower in saturated fat than regular meats. Soy is also a good source of iron, zinc, and B vitamins.
It’s easy to find. As more people adopt plant-based diets, the demand for soyfoods has increased. In the past one had to shop at a specialty store to find specific foods, but now you will find a wider range of products at the grocery store. As with any food, however, it’s important to read the nutrition labels before you buy.
It’s important to know, too, if you can tolerate soyfoods. At Bon Secours, our team is dedicated to treating every patient with the right weight loss and weight management solution. We offer surgical and non-surgical programs, and fitness and nutrition coaching designed to meet your needs, and we can help you throughout your journey. Contact us today for more information