We all would have heard a little or more about the power of the bean: the soybean, that is.
We have even read claims and studies about consuming soy daily helping in lowering our LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol), preventing stroke, cancer, osteoporosis, and hot flashes.
While research may be still on whether it’s the phytoestrogens found in soy that promotes these health benefits, or the soy protein and fat, or both; either way, the bottom line is that it’s good to eat soy.
The joy of soy is that it has come a long way. It’s not just seen in health food stores anymore, and it isn’t all about tofu, either. And the best news is that you don’t have to commit to being a vegan, vegetarian or even flexitarian (a flexible vegetarian) to add this plant-based protein to your meals.
DuPont Health and Nutrition has supported years of research and development to establish soy protein as a safe and effective alternative to dairy proteins for meeting dietary requirements.
The general misconception about plant proteins that they may not adequate amounts of proteins has also been dispelled by their studies which proves that soy protein is a high quality complete protein, delivering all the essential amino acids in the appropriate amount to fuel growth and development, comparable to the protein quality in dairy and eggs.
Soy protein is also an easily digestible source of protein making it safe to be consumed from infant stage and helping in growth and development of children. The silver lining is that unlike animal based proteins, it is low in fat, saturated fat and is cholesterol and lactose free.
DuPont organised a bloggers meet at the Hotel Sahara Star recently to help promote and educate people on the benefits of soy protein, through evidence based studies.
After the initial welcome address, Indranil Chatterjee, Regional Product Line Manager of the Company for South Asia and South East Asia highlighted the benefits of soy protein as a safe and effective alternative to dairy proteins for meeting dietary protein requirements.
Carrying forward the interesting informative session, Jean Heggie, Strategic Marketing Lead for the Company shared her experience of over three decades in protein solutions, by delving on the science behind the same.
The session continued with Jigna Sheth, Nutritionist and Fitness Consultant, throwing light on the nutritional awareness of soy protein which would help in spreading soy’s goodness to the masses.
The Q&A session that followed saw the speakers volleying a barrage of questions on the subject which was truly enlightening. The session culminated with a brief Quiz Buzz which enables setting up the mood for networking over a sumptuous lunch.
The Joy of Soy: More than just a protein:
A superior plant based protein: It is a high-quality protein, containing all the essential amino acids in the proper ratio to be considered a high-quality protein. It also boasts of additional benefits including low fat content and saturated fat and also free of cholesterol and lactose. Soy Protein has a Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS), a worldwide accepted method of analysing the quality of food proteins, considering a protein’s digestibility and essential amino acid profile, of 1.0, the highest score attainable, placing it on par with dairy and egg protein, in terms of its protein quality.
Keeps heart healthy: It helps in reducing elevated cholesterol levels, thus significantly reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Helps in weight management: Research studies have suggested that soy protein in our diet plays a key role in controlling weight, particularly in aging people struggling with weight loss. Consumption of soy, combined with resistance exercise can help them maintain a healthy body composition
Improves muscle health: Studies have shown that intake of soy protein in adequate amounts not only promotes healthy muscle growth but also helps reduce loss of lean body mass during weight loss.
The Joy of DuPont:
Being a world leader in developing innovative soy based ingredients that enable nutritious and tasty food and beverage products, their rigorous quality standards ensure that their soy protein products deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and consistency.