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Soya

Several studies have shown the potential health benefits of soybeans and soy-based foods. The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the following health claim to appear on soya product packaging: “25 grams of soya protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” So what’s the scoop?


Potential Health Benefits

Like chick peas and lentils, soybeans are legumes but with an exceptional nutritional profile. Soybeans are made up of many constituents, including high-quality vegetable protein, essential fatty acids (omega 3) and iron as well as non-nutrients like phytoestrogen (ex: isoflavones). Soy may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels and relieve menopausal symptoms. Other claims made for soya are that it helps fight some cancers (breast, prostate, ovarian, uterine) and prevent osteoporosis, although studies on these two claims are inconclusive. One thing is certain however—regular consumption of soy products is the only way to get soy's benefits!


Looking for Soy

Supermarket shelves carry an increasing number of food products containing soy. Adding soy to your diet is easy now and doesn’t mean living on tofu! The following are some examples of soy products available at Metro.

Plain or flavoured soy beverages

So Nice, Vita Soy, So Good, YÜ, Belsoy, Sensational Soy (Mixed Berries, Orange-Peach-Mango, Orange Sherbet).

For maximum nutrition, it’s best to choose fortified soy beverages (with calcium, zinc, vitamins B2 and B12) and calcium fortified tofu (with calcium sulphate).

Ready-to-eat foods

Fresh foods: Tofu Fricassée and Greek Stir-fry (Le Petit Chef, Commensal)

Frozen Dishes: Greek Casserole, Veggie Macaroni and Vegetable Couscous (Le Petit Chef, Commensal).

Side Dishes: Creton végé et terrine (Le Commensal).

Simulated cheese

Good Slice cheddar—Canadian- or Italian-flavoured slices (Yves Veggie cuisine)

Simulated meat

Veggie Dogs, Veggie Salami Slices and Veggie Ground Round (Yves Veggie cuisine)

Veggie sausage

Tofu

Plain or flavoured tofu

Unisoy, Nutrisoy, Pete’sTofu 2 go (Thai Tango, Lemon Pepper, Sesame Ginger) and Sunrise (Tofu dessert: almond, peach and mango).

Snacks

Organic Dry Roasted Soy Nuts (So Soya)

Dessert

Soya mousses (SoYummi), puddings (Belsoy), Organic Soy Delicious (non-dairy frozen dessert) and fruit-flavoured desserts (Pete’s Tofu).

Other

Soy sauce, soybean oil, soy flour.


What Is Tofu?

Tofu has been used for centuries in Asia, yet many people still ignore it despite its incredible culinary versatility and nutritional value. But tofu is definitely making inroads, winning converts and becoming increasingly popular.

Tofu is made from cooked soybeans, soaked in water then mashed. A coagulant is added to curdle the liquid. The curds are then pressed into a block. The more the curds are pressed the firmer the tofu. Another type of tofu known as soft or silken tofu is made by a different process. The two types of tofu vary enormously in taste and texture so it is very important to use the right type for the right purpose.


Quick Recipe Ideas

  • Whip up a health shake. Just combine silken tofu (plain or flavoured), fresh fruit and a little honey or maple syrup in the blender. Add yogurt, orange or lemon zest, powdered nuts, etc. to taste. What a glorious start to the day or finish to the evening meal!
  • For a spaghetti sauce or chili that’s less fatty, substitute crumbled firm tofu for part or all of the ground beef.
  • For a stunning stir-fry, marinate cubed firm tofu in a mixture of sesame oil, tamari sauce, rice vinegar and fresh gingerroot, then fry them up with vegetables in a wok or skillet.

Did You Know That...?

The firmer the tofu, the greater the level of soya protein.

Opened medium or firm tofu will keep 2 to 4 days if covered with water (water must be changed daily). But soft and dessert tofu have to be kept in the original container, covered with plastic wrap. If tofu smells off, throw it out immediately!



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