A study recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that eating soy products could decrease the recurrence of breast cancer.
Eating soy also provides many other health benefits. The Food and Drug Administration recommends eating 25 mg of soy products each day to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Soy is also a good source of high-quality protein.
A healthy source of soy should contain:
- 6.25 mg or more of soy protein
- less than 3 grams of fat
- less than 1 gram of saturated fat
- less than 20 milligrams of cholesterol
Incorporating soy products into your diet is also a great way to stretch grocery dollars. Tofu, a bean curd made from soybean milk, is an inexpensive source of protein compared to proteins that are animal-based.
For example, on average tofu costs around $2 per pound, while red meat costs $3.50+ per pound.
Even if soy is an unfamiliar ingredient, there are many delicious ways to add it into your diet. Mix cooked soy beans into your favorite rice or noodle dishes.
Try replacing chicken with tofu in Italian-style recipes like parmigiana, marsala, and cacciatore.
French-inspired Tarragon Tofu with Chanterelle Mushrooms is a scrumptious dish combining the nutrition of soy with the rich, hearty flavor of mushrooms.
Combine tofu with fresh vegetables in recipes like Tasty Orange Roasted Tofu and Asparagus or Golden Tofu and Fresh Veggies with Maple Barbecue Sauce.
Warm Cajun flavors are highlighted in Smoky Spice Crusted Tofu.
Adding soy to your menu is a delicious way to improve your health and save money!