Replacing Animal Protein with Soy Foods

Contributing Author: Lainey Fleck, Dietetic Intern

April is SoyFoods Month!

This is a great time to find different ways to enjoy soy foods.

What is Soy?

Soy is a protein derived from soybeans that are often used as a replacement for animal protein. There are many health benefits of consuming soy, as it is nutrient-dense and an excellent source of protein. Products made from soybeans have many different uses including sauces, milk, or meat replacements for vegan or vegetarian diets.

 What are the Benefits of Soy?
  • Protection against some cancers- prostate, ovarian, breast
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Reduces allergy risk. Protects against asthma and COPD
  • May reduce menopausal symptoms- hot flashes
  • Good source of protein, magnesium, potassium, fiber, iron, calcium, arginine, vitamin C and vitamin B6
  • Contains all essential amino acids
 What are Some Common Soy Products?
  • Soybeans
  • Soymilk
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Edamame
 What are some ways to Prepare Soy Foods?
  • Soybeans- wash; pre-soak; boil or soak overnight
  • Edamame- eaten whole or shelled
  • Tofu- baked, BBQ, braised, broiled, fried, stir fry
  • Tempeh- baked, sautéed, steamed
Give these SoyFood Recipes a try!
Tofu and Broccoli Stir-Fry
 Tempeh Ratatouille

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