Making Healthy Food Choices: Choosing Soy Protein

have you noticed the many soy products and grocery stores and not known what to do with them why are they so popular soy products are a good source of plant-based protein including soy products in your meals is a great way to eat meat less often and meet your protein needs soy beans are a type of legume soy is higher in fat than other legumes however it contains mainly unsaturated fats a type of healthy fat examples of soy products include tofu tempeh edamame beans soy beverage and whole soybeans soy contains phytonutrients nutrients that may help control your blood pressure and lower your LDL or bad cholesterol soy products can be used in many different ways the best choice often depends on what you are cooking cubed firm or extra firm tofu is a great addition to a stir-fry you can also use tempeh instead of ground meat in chili tacos or spaghetti sauce to add extra protein to a smoothie you can add soft or silken tofu choose plain tofu rather than flavored tofu to limit added sugar for a quick and healthy snack eat edamame beans that have been removed from their pod soy can also be found in processed meat substitutes such as soy burgers Nuggets and sliced meat these products are often high in sodium try cooking with soy products at home instead of buying prepackaged and processed soy based products adding soy products to your food is an easy way to include plant-based protein in your diet while protecting your heart visit cardiac ecology or diabetes College CA to learn more about soy and other legumes

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