The benefits of soy are respected worldwide. In the major soy-consuming countries (where soy is a part of the daily diet) such as Japan and China, the rates of coronary heart disease (CHD) is lower. Soy (as a legume) is a plant protein, rich in soluble and insoluble fiber. The word soybean means "greater bean". Soy has a healthier mixture of fats than animal protein. It is low in saturated fat,
(8% omega-3 fatty acids and 25% monounsaturated fatty acids). Soy is also phytochemical rich in isoflavones. Isoflavones are natural plant hormones and are natural antioxidants. The chemical structure of isoflavones is very similar to that of estrogen.
Soy contains many types of isoflavones, but the most beneficial are genistein. The highest amounts of isoflavones can be found in soy nuts and tempeh.
Isoflavones are fairly stable. Under normal cooking conditions, isoflavones are not destroyed.
Soy nuts are made from whole soya beans. They soaked in water and then baked until crisp and brown. Soy nuts are similar in texture and flavour to peanuts. Soy nuts can be found in different flavours, such as salt or paprika.
Soy nuts are easily made at home. You take the dry soy beans and soak for three hours in enough water to cover the beans. Drain and spread the soy nuts in one layer on a well-oiled cookie sheet. Roast at 350°F (190°C), stirring often, until well-browned. Soy nuts are a delicious, crunchy
treat by themselves, however, they can also be tossed in salads and snack mixes.
When you're on the go and looking for a quick, healthy snack, a nutrition bar can be a good option. However, choosing one that's healthy and suits your goals can be quite confusing. There are so many different brands and types of bars on the market -- meal replacement/diet bars, energy bars, protein bars. The different types of bars all contain varying levels of protein, carbohydrates, fat, and sugar, depending on their intended goal.