The soy bean is considered the new wonder veggie because they are loaded with plant-based estrogen’s called isoflavones, as well as vitamin C, iron, and calcium. Research indicates that soy protein lowers “bad” cholesterol, but not the “good” cholesterol. Some experts believe soy foods are one reason why women in Asia-who eat a soy rich diet-have lower rates of breast cancer, heart disease, and menopausal symptoms compared with women in the United States.
Because soy beans are inexpensive and nutrition-packed, they are used to produce a wide variety of products including: miso, soybean oil, soy cheese, soy flour, soy milk, soy nuts, soy sauce and tofu, just to name a few. Green soybeans are called by their Japanese name, endamame. They are easy to digest, and extremely high in protein, and fiber. They are available fresh in some specialty stores and Asian markets, and available frozen in many grocery stores.
- Steam for about 20 minutes add salt, pop from shell then eat
- Stir fry with garlic, salt and chili pepper for a spicy snack
- Remove pods from shell and deep fry..serve as a crunchy snack
Use your imagination. Soy beans are very user friendly adaptable with many flavor combination’s.