Food Volume No. 19

TOPIC: THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SOYAMILK

Ogundijo, Daniel Agboola

Soy milk, which is made from soaking, grinding and boiling soy beans with water, Soya or Soy is naturally high in essential fatty acids, proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals. These nutrients provide energy and keep the body functioning at its peak. Below are the five most important health benefits you can get from drinking soy milk.


1. Soy Milk is Good for Your Heart
Soy milk is low in saturated fats and cholesterol, so it’s better for the heart than cow’s milk. Soy milk and other soy products contain large amounts of polyunsaturated fats, which help lower blood cholesterol and trigylceride levels.
2. Prevent Postmenopausal Syndromes
During menopause, a woman’s natural production of estrogen drops to a minimum. Postmenopausal women thus have higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, mood swings, insomnia and other psychological disorders. The phytoestrogen in soy is an effective estrogen replacement, and regular intake of soy is a great way to prevent these postmenopausal syndromes.
3. Soy Milk Is High in Protein
Soy milk contains just as much complete protein as cow’s milk. The protein in soy milk is vegetable protein and vegetable protein is known to prevent the loss of calcium in the urine, and can help protect bones from osteoporosis.
4. Promote Weight Loss
Soy milk is naturally lower in sugar content than regular milk. Cow's milk according to Prof. Fagbemi T. N. (2011), has about 12 grams of sugar per cup as opposed to only 7 grams in soy milk. In addition, the monounsaturated fatty acid in soy milk can inhibit the intestinal absorption of fat, which is another great advantage for weight loss.
5. Prevent Diabetes and Kidney Diseases
A number of research studies indicate that soy foods may help with diabetes and kidney diseases. Legumes and soybeans in particular, have a very low glycemic index, making them an important component of a healthy diabetic diet. Soybeans were also recognized to be helpful in controlling blood sugar.I will encourage you therefore to include soymilk in your diet. Always remember that you are what you eat!!!