A leguminous plant consumed for several thousand years in Asia, soybeans have been quite controversial for some time. Rich in protein, vitamins A and B, as well as trace elements, it is nevertheless very widely used in food. Very beneficial for certain functions of the body, it can however be harmful to others.
In question: the isoflavones that possess, plant hormones that do not want us only good. So what are the health benefits of soybeans and when not to employ it? We tell you everything!
If soy has as many friends as enemies, it’s because of its high isoflavone content. Phytoestrogen substances mimic the action of female hormones, estrogen. Consuming too much of it could therefore promote the development of certain female cancers, as well as lead to fertility and development problems.
In order to avoid any risk, it is therefore not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, people suffering from hormone-dependent cancer (or having a family history), as well as children under 3 years old consume it. Once these precautions are taken, soy and its isoflavones have many health benefits!
Health properties of soy
It would indeed seem that soy, rich in fiber and omega 3, acts on the level of bad cholesterol in the blood. Preventing fatty deposits in the veins, would also prevent strokes and reduce hypertension significantly.
Powerful antioxidants, isoflavones play a defensive role against free radicals. They thus fight against premature cellular aging and, at the same time, against certain cardiovascular diseases and non-hormone-dependent cancers.
Protection of bones and blood system
Genistein – one of the soy isoflavones, softens the blood vessels. In this manner, it fights against arteriosclerosis (deterioration of the arteries) and then protects the heart. It also exerts a protective action on the bones, thus limiting the risk of osteoporosis.
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Reduced symptoms of menopause
Acting like estrogen, the phytoestrogens in soy replace them when they fade during menopause. They, therefore, lower hot flashes and insomnia and prevent the extreme storage of fat.
Weight loss aid
Holding 40% protein and very few calories, soy is a food of option to balance your diet. It is also very marked in the case of a high protein diet and does not make you fat. Satisfying, it eventually helps to bypass cravings and limits snacking.
Choosing the right soybeans
Be cautious, the fresh bean sprouts that are marketed to you are not really bean sprouts! These are indeed mung beans, which, unlike soybeans, can be eaten raw. Real soy solely comes in the form of baking beans, milk, or fermented preparations.
In any case, be sure to choose organic soybeans, preferably grown in Ukraine or Canada. You will thus avoid eating GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and limit the intensive cultivation practiced in the United States, Brazil, or Argentina, with heavy impacts of chemical fertilizers.
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What about the disadvantages of eating soybeans?
The most typical side effects of soy are digestive troubles, such as constipation and diarrhea.
Soy may alter thyroid function in individuals who are lacking in iodine.
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Soy is a high-quality protein – one or two everyday serves of soy products can be beneficial to our healthiness.
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