Soya is one of the oldest and most nutritious foods in the world. Soyabeans is mainly used in industries and for animal feeds, Despite the fact that it is the third most important crop world-wide today and less than 3% is consumed by humans.
Soyabeans has many nutritional advantages as it contains protein, fibre and isoflavones which have positive effects on cholesterol, bone density, menstrual and menopausal symptoms as well as preventing certain cancers. It is thought to be a wonder food by the Chinese who believe it can cure kidney disease, water retention, common colds, anaemia and leg ulcers.
Soyabeans was found to reduce blood cholesterol levels in many of his studies. Soya protein enhance blood cholesterol reductions as well as having a positive effect on menopausal women by reducing the risk of hot flushes. Improved vascular function, reduction of blood pressure, and inhibition of platelet activation are other known cardiovascular effects of Soyabeans and its constituent.
The recommended daily amount of soya protein in 2002 is 25g as part of a low-fat diet to help reduce cholesterol level. It is necessary to consume three portions of a Soya based food each day. This can be easily achieved by using Soya milk on cereal each morning, adding soya milk to tea and coffee and choosing a dessert made from soya milk eg. custard or fruit smoothies yoghurt etc.,
There are many Soyabeans cookery books available as well as the many recipes containing soyabeans which already exists in Chinese cooking books. If more people included Soya into their daily diet the risk of developing Heart disease would be reduced, and this would have a significant impact on the incidence of mortality caused by Coronory Heart Disease today.