Nutritional values of soybeans
Soybeans contain all three of the macro-nutrients required for good nutrition: complete protein, carbohydrate and fat, as well as vitamins and minerals, including calcium, folic acid and iron. Soybeans are very rich in nutritive components. Soybeans contains a lot of fibre and are rich in magnesium . The soy protein has a high biological value and contains all the essential amino acids.
Soybeans are rich in unsaturated fatty acids and low in saturated fatty acids, which need to be avoided.
Almost 40% of the calories in soybeans are derived from protein causing soybeans to be higher in protein than other legumes and many animal products. The quality of soy protein is highly notable and approaches the quality of meat and milk. Unlike many other good sources of protein, soybeans are low in saturated fat and are cholesterol-free.
Soybeans, especially the outer hull, are an excellent source of dietary fiber (6 grams fiber per 1 cup cooked soybeans).
During processing, the soybean hull is typically removed. This extracted hull can be further process to create a fiber additive for breads, cereals and snacks.
Soybeans contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber may help lower serum cholesterol and control blood sugar. Insoluble fiber increases stool bulk, may prevent colon cancer, and can help relieve symptoms of several digestive disorders.
Specific Benefits of Soybeans
A lot of nutritionists advise people to eat some soybean and bean products, or drink a glass of soybean milk every day, which is very beneficial to human health. Soybean contains a large number of nutrients and health-care effects.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA): 25 grams of soy protein per day may reduce the risk of heart disease. Recent research suggests that soy may also lower risk of prostate, colon and breast cancers as well as osteoporosis and other bone health problems, and alleviate hot flashes associated with menopause.