Soy The Alternate Protein
Before we even consider soy’s health-promoting abilities, let’s take a brief Look at its other, often overlooked plus: it is an excellent protein alternative. For example, a half-cup of tofu provides 18 to 20 grams of protein, which is 39 to 43 percent of a daily requirement for adult women. That same amount of tofu also provides 258 milligrams of calcium (more than a quarter of our daily needs) and 13 milligrams of iron (87 percent of a woman’s daily need and 130 percent of a man’s). Here’s a comparison of the percentage of protein by weight of a few foods: soy flour is 51 percent protein; whole, dry soybeans are 35 percent protein; fish is only 22 percent protein; hamburger is only 13 percent protein; and whole milk is just 3 percent protein.
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Substituting 15 grams of soy protein for 15 grams of animal protein would cause the current U.S. dietary ratio of animal-to-plant protein to fall from two to one to a more desirable one to one, the ratio it was in the early 1900’S. At this level of intake, soy protein would still represent less than 20 percent of the average protein intake of U.S. adults.
In addition to the high-quality protein you get when you substitute soy for animal protein, you get a bonus of vitamins, minerals, and a good dose of phytonutrients.
Soy offers the highest-quality protein of any plant food. Available in organic forms (and therefore free of any pesticides or other additives), it offers all nine essential amino acids and is a good source of plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids. So even if you only relied on soy as a meat substitute a couple of times a week, you’d be ahead of the game.
What is a “Super Food”?
Well, the most important thing for everyone to know is that superfoods are easy to find in every local supermarket. They’re worth looking for!
These nutritional powerhouse foods are loaded with nutrients crucial to a healthy, long life.
If you can include a variety of them in your diet, everyday, we promise they will change your life!
These foods were chosen because they contain high concentrations of crucial nutrients, as well as the fact that many of them are low in calories. Foods containing these nutrients have been proven to help prevent and, in some cases, reverse the well-known effects of aging, including cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers.
When you click on each superfood you’ll find information including a list of the primary nutrients that elevated them to superfood status.
This is not meant to be a complete list of every single nutrient that food contains, but rather, a list of the high-profile nutrients that have shown health benefits and that are present in that food in sufficient quantity to make a difference. Many of the superfoods have “Sidekicks”. These are foods that are generally in the same category as the flagship superfood and offer a similar nutrient profile.
So click around and find recipes and tips on how to incorporate these foods in your daily diet.