Yo Soy Beans!
In addition to having high amounts of protein, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, boron, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber, soy beans are the only vegetable that contain all essential amino acids. For this reason, soy is a healthy choice when combined with a diet that is high in fiber, includes a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and is low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Some studies have shown that soy helps prevent the body from absorbing and metabolizing cholesterol, making it a heart healthy option. In addition, there is data that suggest soy helps with weight loss, arthritis, brain function, and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. There is also some data that suggest soy might have a role in reducing the risk of certain cancers in men and women.
Isoflavonones, which are important for bone health, can be found in roasted soybeans, green soybeans, soy flour, tempeh, tofu, miso, soy milk, soy yogurt, and soy noodles. If you would like to add soy to your diet, look for soy products produced with soy crops that have not been genetically modified, including:
- Calcium-fortified soy milk
- Soy chees, nuts, patties, and yogurt
- Soy breakfast cereals
- Tofu and tofu products
Here's a link to a great tofu noodle recipe! Link