With healthy eating trends gaining popularity across the United States, more products on supermarket shelves are using soy ingredients to offer additional health benefits.
As soy is naturally low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free, it is promoted as a great source of protein for vegans and carnivores alike. All taste palates can benefit from the addition of tofu products to the diet, as these products take on the taste of whatever the cook uses to flavor the dish. Although most research on soy has concentrated on its heart health properties, studies have also found that soy products can be helpful in aiding menopause, bone health and certain cancers, according to the Livestrong Foundation.
Although experts recommend limiting the intake of soy, studies have found that eating soy protein can help improve risk factors for cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, clinical studies found that eating at least 25 grams of soy protein each day caused a decrease in both LDL and overall cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, replacing tofu and texturized vegetable proteins in traditional meat dishes can reduce blood LDL cholesterol by up to 30 percent and overall blood cholesterol by up to 20 percent.