Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Why Switch to Soy

Soy has been a part of the human diet for almost 5000 years. Yet, it is only during the last decade or so that it's popularity soared. A large part of this popularity can be attributed to the growing community of people who believe that soy is a healthier substitute for meat and dairy - and rightly so.

Due to it's versatility, soy products have more to offer than just soy sauce and tofu. Soy products now span the range of soy milk - a healthier and lactose-free milk substitute that is just as delicious as dairy milk - and meat substitutes like tempeh, veggie burgers, and others. There are even processed cheeses made from soy milk.

Now that soy products are more palatable, more people can benefit from the isoflavones and proteins they have. Some studies suggest that soy products maybe beneficial for reducing menopausal symptoms and the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. A study of the possible relationship between dietary soy and the prevention of hormone-related cancers - breast, ovary, prostate, and endometrial cancers - are also promising.

-Tin Gonzaga

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