Vegans and Vegetarians Enjoy Soy for National Soyfoods Month

28 March, 2008 (11:21)


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RECIPES: Spicy Roasted Soybeans, Meatless Soy Chili, Green Soybean Salad

By Rae Udy

April is National Soyfoods Month and experts are encouraging Americans to discover the nutritional value of soybeans. Soybeans are sometimes called the ‘meat of the Orient,’ but many refer to soy as the ‘food of the future.’
Cultivated in China for over 13,000 years the Chinese name for soybeans means the ‘greater bean’ because of the wealth of nutritional value and the host of different ways of cooking the flavorful bean.
In the early 20th century, nutrition pioneers George Washington Carver and John Harvey Kellogg discovered and began promoting the many health benefits of soybeans in the United States and their popularity is still growing.
It is estimated there are more than 15,000 soy food products available. Soy is now found in desserts, snacks, cereals, soups, sauces, main dishes and drinks.
The World Health Organization considers soybeans one of the richest plant sources of protein and equal to meat and dairy proteins. Each cup of cooked soybeans contains 29 grams of protein and no cholesterol. They are also high in iron, thiamine, vitamins A and E, calcium and iron.
Soybeans are available in many forms. Dried and canned soybeans come in green, yellow, brown and black varieties. Easy to make Spicy Roasted Soybeans are a nutritious snack similar to peanuts using dried soybeans.
Meatless Soy Chili takes advantage of canned soybeans and tofu to add flavor and nutrition to this tasty vegetarian main dish. Tofu is prepared from soy flour and is a very versatile soy product that is available in soft, firm and flavored varieties. Look for tofu in the fresh produce section in the grocery.
Fresh soybeans, or edamame, are soybeans harvested before drying and are delicious added to salads and quick-cooking soups. Also found in the fresh produce section of supermarkets, ekamame is often frozen when out of season.
Sources:
www.nutritiondata.com/facts-B00001-01c218a.html
www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=79
http://www.edamame.com/

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