It’s Soy Good! – Part 2
How can something so small be soy beneficial? Read on to find out how soya beans can aid in weight management and reduce the risk of obesity.
Plant-based protein, such as soya beans, chickpeas and red kidney beans, has always been a healthier alternative for protein as it is lower in saturated fat, as compared to animal protein. It is also free from dietary cholesterol and contains dietary fibre which can prolong satiety, keeping one full for a longer period of time.
Together with its lower fat content, plant-based protein may help with weight management, thus reducing the risk of obesity and heart diseases.
Plant-based protein can also be consumed as a beverage, e.g. soya milk. Such beverages can be fortified with nutrients like calcium, serving as a high-calcium alternative for those who are lactose intolerant, to help them achieve the recommended calcium intake.
Currently, there are several beverage options in the market that are “reduced sugar”, “lower in sugar” and “no added sugar”. By selecting these options over the original product, we can decrease our daily sugar intake. High sugar intake increases the triglycerides level and may increase the risk of heart diseases, diabetes and fatty liver.
So, try replacing sweetened drinks with the “no added sugar” yet nutritious soya milk today!
Note: Added sugar is sugar that is added to the food during manufacturing, cooking or at the table. They provide calories with little to no nutritional value and it is recommended not to exceed more than 10% of dietary energy, limiting sugar intake to 40-55g (8-11 tsp) daily.