Soybeans are members of the legume family – their cousins include lentils, peas and peanuts. Soybeans are high in hormone-like substances called phytoestrogens, which mimic the action of oestrogen. There is evidence to show that post-menopausal women who consume soy products have reduced incidences of coronary heart disease, osteoporosis as well as hot flushes. One large study found that a diet high in soy-based protein reduced total cholesterol as well as triglycerides; this finding was not found to be gender specific.
Soybeans are high in protein and fibre, low in total and saturated fat and are cholesterol and lactose free. You can increase your intake of soy products by regularly including soy milk, tofu, tempeh and soy yoghurt as part of your regular diet. Just check the ingredients list to ensure that the products are made with whole soybeans rather than with soy isolates. It’s clear that soybeans are soy good for you.