Soy beans - Fitness Foods for women - Women's Health & Fitness

3. Soy beans

Soy beans are one of the great staple foods of the world. The Chinese, Japanese and South East Asians, who generally have no or little meat in their diet, benefit from the high protein content of soy beans.

This protein is more ‘complete’, or of the highest quality, than any plant protein. Soy beans are also a good source of fibre, polyunsaturated fats, including omega 3 and omega 6 fats, complex carbohydrates and a variety of vitamins and minerals.

Soy beans contain isoflavones, which are phytoestrogens considered by some nutritionists and physicians to be useful in the prevention of some cancers and heart disease. Like most legumes, soy beans are low GI, which can help regulate blood sugar as well as appetite.
Diet tip: Blend tofu into smoothies instead of yoghurt or ice-cream for a creamy texture.