Good for health, good for the planet
To maintain a healthy body, dietary recommendations include eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, cutting down on salt, keeping an ideal body weight and replacing saturated (‘bad’) fat with unsaturated (‘good’) fat. In fact, the European Commission now recognises that foods with a low or reduced content of saturated fats help to maintain normal blood cholesterol levels.
Soy foods are the perfect fit for a healthy and balanced diet. They are from 100% vegetable origin and a source of high-quality protein. They are low in saturated fat, containing poly-unsaturated fats omega 3 and 6 and are free from cholesterol. They are also friendly to the planet, requiring less water and less land than similar products of animal origin. And they are naturally lactose-free, making them easy to digest.
Read more about the health benefits of soy in the sections below, especially in the following areas:
Soy foods are an excellent source of high quality protein and provide all essential amino acids in sufficient quantity. With a beneficial fat composition (low in saturated fat, containing poly-unsaturated fats omega 3 and 6 and free from cholesterol), soy foods fit perfectly into a balanced and healthy diet. Find out more information about the nutritional composition of soy products.
Do you or someone you know experience discomfort after consuming dairy milk? This can be due to the presence of lactose (milk sugar) in dairy. People who are lactose-intolerant have difficulties in digesting lactose and therefore will feel discomfort after consuming dairy milk. Since soy foods are naturally lactose-free, they can be a perfect alternative to dairy products for consumers who want to reduce their lactose intake. Read more about lactose intolerance.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a serious condition that impacts millions of people each year. Maintaining a healthy diet that replaces saturated fat with unsaturated fat can help reduce the risk of developing CVD. Soy foods are cholesterol-free, are low in saturated fat and contain poly-unsaturated fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6), making them an ideal choice. Read more about cardiovasucal health.
Other health benefits of consuming soy
Interested in further information about benefits of soy for obesity, breast cancer and menopause for maintaining healthy bones? Read other health benefits of consuming soy.