Soy milk is a plant milk produced by soaking dried soybeans and grinding them in water.A traditional staple of East Asian cuisine, soy milk is a stable emulsion of oil, water and protein. Soy milk can be produced at home using a soy milk machine
Soy milk is high source of protein and the only complete plant protein for vegetarians and vegans. The saponins present in soya work as natural fat blockers which in turn also suppress appetite, increase overall metabolism and boost intestinal absorption of fats using them for energy which in turn help in the fat bourning process. Soy milk also gives you the satiated feeling which keeps you from eating as much as you normally did thus keeping you away from your cheat meals and giving you a slimmer waistline.
Soy milk helps in increasing energy levels
Soy milk is a rich source of energy providing 7g of protein per cup along with B vitamins. The best part about soy vitamins is the amount of B12 it provides. Almost 50% of the B vitamins comprise of B!2 which is a rapidly growing deficiency today Lack of B12 vitamin causes weakness, sluggishness, sleepiness and other energy lowering effects. Soy milk can work very well as an energy booster, pre-workout meal and a long acting protein also for sport activites.
How often should one have soy milk?
Upto 2 cups of low fat soy milk can be consumed daily especially by most adult women. Due to the high phytoestrogen levels a check on quantity consumption is advised for males and growing children.
Soy Milk for Muscle Gainer
Soy milk is protein packed, so for those looking to build a body or increasing muscle mass ,the soy protein isolate version is the best form of soy , these are available in the form of powders and whey protein. Here the inhibitors present in the natural soya are removed and only pure form of essential amino acids are available for absorption which makes it extremely healthy for muscle gain and overall strength.
Soy milk is a life-saver for lactose intolerant
Lactose intolerance leaves us without any dairy choices in our diet cutting out the Calcium, protein and B vitamins which dairy would offer. Soy milk is a great alternative here as it not only provides a great combination of essential amino acids, calcium and B vitamins but is also much lower in sugar which lactose offers in regular dairy products thus making it an effective weight loss tool. Compared to rice milk and almond milk the nutritional composition of soy milk is the best alternative to dairy.
Some types of soy milk do have a major nutritional disadvantage because of their added sugar content. Added sugars boost your calories without offering nutritional value and thus increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Soya can also be consumed in various forms-
Soya bean curd that’s made in a similar way to cheese
Fermented Soya Bean Cake
Loaded with vitamins and nutrients including magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper
and manganese known as Tempeh
Certainly not the most glamorous of all the veggie proteins, soya mince has slightly fallen out of favour with British herbivores