Enjoy Soy: Plant Protein Complete With All 9 Essential Amino Acids

January 26, 2015 6:56 PM

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Soy is a nutrient-rich plant protein complete with all nine essential amino acids, which makes it unique to other plant protein sources. Soybeans are a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, including folate, selenium, potassium and magnesium. They also contain antioxidants and phytochemicals, including isoflavones, phenolic acids and sapanonins, and are the only bean containing omega 3-fatty acids. Over the years, however, soy has been subject to debate.

In 1999, the FDA reviewed extensive research to support that when included in a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet, soy could lower blood total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or "bad" cholesterol levels. As a result, they approved the health claim on food labels that "25 grams of soy pr...

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