This post was written as a guest blog for Family Goes Strong. You can read the original post here.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A VEGETARIAN TO BENEFIT FROM INCLUDING MORE SOY IN YOUR DIET
Being a vegetarian isn’t the only reason to eat soy-based products. There are benefits for all of us – young or old, vegan or omnivore – to incorporating more soyfoods into our meals. The one I promote the most is that it increases the variety in our diets. That is also the tagline for National Soyfoods Month, which is celebrated in April each year.
I like to focus on variety because it’s the best way to make room on “your plate” for everything you enjoy while keeping any food from taking up more space than it should. And that helps you deal with the hard-to-grasp concept of moderation. Simply put, it means you must control the amount and frequency of everything you eat to have a balanced diet.
Yet with all the news you hear about “super foods,” it’s easy to believe you can eat all you want of some foods (you can’t), or you’d be better off limiting your diet to some top ten list (you won’t). Eating a greater variety of foods is the best bet for optimal nutrition.
So in honor of National Soyfoods Month, here are some reasons why you might want to expand the variety of your family’s diet with the addition of more soyfoods:
12 Reasons to Add Soy to Your Diet
- Lower dietary cholesterol
- Enjoy more meatless meals
- Decrease risk of breast cancer in later life
- Use instead of peanuts for those with peanut allergy
- Replace cow’s milk for those with lactose intolerance
- Provide choice for those with milk protein allergy
- Reduce saturated fat in diet
- Increase fiber in the diet
- Ease constipation
- Incorporate another vegetable (yes, soybeans are vegetables!)
- Provide an alternate protein source to a vegetarian or finicky eater
- Get another source of calcium using fortified soy milk
You can find soy-based products in every section of the grocery store, so why not add a few of these to your shopping list?
Where to Find Soyfoods in the Supermarket
Produce – fresh soybeans, tofu, tempeh, miso
Freezer – edamame, soy burgers, soy nuggets, soy crumbles
Dairy – soymilk, soy yogurt, soy cheese
Snack – soy nuts, soy chips, soy bars
Staples – canned soybeans, soy pasta, soy flour
How many different soy foods do you eat each week?