The soya bean plant is native to China, where it has been cultivated for well over 13,000 years. It was an essential crop for the ancient Chinese who regarded it a necessity for life. The soya bean is now the most widely grown and utilized legume worldwide.  The key benefits of soya are its high protein content, vitaminsminerals and insoluble fibre. The high fibre content makes soya beans and other soya containing foods valuable in cases of constipation, high cholesterol and type -2 diabetes. Soya contains phytoestrogens, chemicals found in plant foods. There are different types of phytoestrogens but the ones found in soya bean products are called isoflavones. Soya isoflavones have attracted a great deal of research and some studies suggest that certain women with a soya-rich diet may have a lower risk of breast cancer.Soy offers several benefits, such as improving cholesterol levels, fertility outcomes and menopause symptoms. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, soya-based foods can be an invaluable part of your diet.

Soy is a good source of several important nutrients.

For example, one cup (155 grams) of soya beans contain.

  • Calories: 189
  • Carbs: 11.5 grams
  • Protein: 16.9 grams
  • Fat: 8.1 grams
  • Fiber: 8.1 grams
  • Vitamin C: 16% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
  • Vitamin K: 52% of the RDI
  • Thiamine: 21% of the RDI
  • Riboflavin: 14% of the RDI
  • Folate: 121% of the RDI
  • Iron: 20% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 25% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 26% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 19% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 14% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 79% of the RDI
  • Copper: 19% of the RDI