Mention soy to my rural community in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the fact is “yuck”. This eloquent word is coupled with a facial expression that's meant to express disgust. I respond by asking if they has ever endured soy protein in all forms. Have you ever tried veggie burgers, veggie chicken, tofu at a Japanese restaurant, microwaveable dinners that are made with soy? I’ll ask. 99% of times the individual hasn't tried any of the soy protine sames which i mention. 1% has tried a veggie burger and were disappointed it did not duplicate a hamburger from the burger joint and for that reason all soy protein was to be avoided later on by any means.
I am a recovering vegetarian, as I call myself, and also have tried a variety of soy products. I am also a dietitian and try everything. I wouldn’t recommend something I haven’t tried. On top of that, I'm curious by nature. Just ask my sister who swears I go through all of the drawers in her own house when she isn’t looking. Just because I know where she keeps all her things proves nothing. Anyway, back to soy protein.
Soy protein was promoted as promoting cardiac health then your researchers said, “oops-no it doesn’t”. Whatever. If you are eating a soy burger instead of a high-fat, high cholesterol burger it must be helping your heart. Replacing high-fat, high hormone containing animal proteins with soy can also be favorable for your all around health. Such as the old saying goes, “Check it out, you may like it”. Typically soy proteins are low in fat, full of protein. It is sold frozen if it's meat-like and only requires reheating. Tofu, made from soybeans, could be put into anything. It requires around the taste from the food it is added to. For instance, add it in small pieces to chili to improve the protein value. Tofu could be added to smoothies for protein also. If you go out to a Japanese restaurant you are likely to find Teriyaki Tofu around the menu, which is tofu that's basted in teriyaki sauce, and it is flash fried. It is delicious.
Looking to bulk up? Powdered soy proteins are big among bodybuilders because of the high protein content. These powders are usually sold in bulk containers and are added to shakes by the scoopful to assist in meeting the large protein needs of those that want to add muscle tissue. Even if you're not into bodybuilding, but aren't a fan of meat this might assist you to meet your protein needs. Who doesn’t like a smoothie? These powders do not require refrigeration and can be put into just about anything. Generally they're combined with water or milk though. Powdered soy proteins come in all sorts of flavors or just use vanilla if you are adding fruit as well as your shake will taste like the fruit you choose. This type of shake would be more healthy than an ice cream shake and when you start experimenting you may find that you are just like pleased with your soy shake. The body is going to be.
Give soy an opportunity before you decide to say “yuck”. Try something totally new. If you like some of the soy protein products that are out there you are able to incorporate them to your diet and benefit your health. Exactly what do you have to lose other than cholesterol points?