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June 20, 2012
Soy Milk, A Natural Product For Our Health
Soy milk is a very nutritious drink produced from soybeans by grinding and boiling them in water. This amazing natural drink has been known for many centuries as an excellent source of energy and a great variety of nutrients. Soy milk is traditionally very much used and loved in Japan and China, and its popularity in the western world has been growing tremendously for the last decade. This natural product can be consumed sweetened, unsweetened, or salty, and it is a great alternative to those who are allergic to lactose and can not drink dairy milk. Also, it can be used by those who prefer eating a healthy diet and reduce the effects of consuming high fat dairy products. Read on to learn more about amazing health benefits of soy milk and why it is good for your health.
Soy Milk Nutrition Facts
100 g of soy milk has 54 kcal which is almost like common dairy milk. Soy milk is rich in proteins (mainly amino acids like glutamic acid, aspartic acid, arginine, serine, proline, and others), sugars, and small amounts of fats (like dairy milk, soy milk also varies in fat content). This natural product can be a great natural source of minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese, and others, as well as vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B5 and others. Soy milk has a high content of isoflavones, phyto-antioxdants, ashes and even some dietary fiber. It can turn into a great part of our daily diet and used at the place of dairy milk when cooking or making various meals, allowing us enjoy numerous soy milk benefits.
Health Benefits Of Soy Milk
Lowering bad LDL cholesterol levels and promoting weight loss are undoubtedly two most important positive effects of a regular soy milk consumption. Cholesterol lowering properties of soy milk were proven by many studies (in particular, one of the latest research was conducted by a group of Japanese scientists by the National Institute of Health and Nutrition), that is why soy milk consumption can be recommended to those who have increased levels of LDL cholesterol in blood and increased risks of suffering from serious cardiovascular problems. Besides, since soy milk is naturally low in sugar, it can promote wright loss and provide our body with dietary fiber, known as natural appetite suppressant.
Certain health benefits of soy milk are derived from its being casein-free, in contrast to common dairy milk. In many people prone to allergies, casein causes more severe allergic reactions, or cause problems with the function of the immune systems of some people. That is why drinking soy milk can be a very good and smart decision. As a rich source of calcium, soy milk can be good for our dental and bone health. Actually, soy milk is considered one of the best natural remedies to prevent osteoporosis and other hormone related diseases. Also, soy milk benefits include strengthening and imrpoving flexibility of blood vessels due to high concentrations of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, and a high content of phytoestrogen helps those men who drink soy milk of a regular basis reduce their chances to suffer from prostate cancer.
According to the findings of a recent study, drinking two glasses of soy milk every day can be of a great help to all aging women who suffer from the symptoms of menopause, especially hot flushes. A group of experts Delaware University, led by Professor Melissa Melby, conducted an extensive analysis of over 19 previous scientific studies involving the data on over 1,200 women. It turned out that a regular consumption of soy milk just for 12 weeks can reduce the severity of hot flushes by 26 per cent and their frequency by over 20 per cent. As we remember from the above soy milk nutrition facts, this natural product is rich in isoflavones, natural oestrogen-like hormones which cause the mentioned positive effects and reduce the most common symptoms of menopause. The findings of this research were recently published in the journal of the North American Menopause Association, and you can read more about this study and other soy milk benefits in this article.
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