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Soy Protein In The Diet

By 26th September 2013 No Comments

Including soy protein in your diet on a regular basis can give you a number of health benefits. These include reduced cholesterol, a healthier heart, better immune system and improved body composition. Adding extra soy protein to everyday foods can help to curb cravings and keep hunger under control. Protein is one of the body’s main building blocks for muscle, bone, skin, and other tissues so it is important to ensure you include enough in your diet, particularly if you are vegetarian or vegan.

Soy Protein Shakes

Consuming soy protein as a shake, such as The Protein Works’ Soy Protein Isolate 90, is probably the most popular way to include it in your diet. It is easy to make your own by mixing soy protein powder with water or milk. You can create your own flavours by blending your soy protein shake with fruit, nuts, seeds, peanut or almond butter or chocolate powder. Get creative!

Soy protein shakes are suitable for anyone and can be a convenient way to get a hit of protein after a workout. If you can’t make a protein-rich meal soon after your workout, a shake is the best alternative. Soy protein shakes are probably the most popular way to include soy protein in your diet but there are other alternatives.

Taking Soy Protein With Other Supplements

Soy protein is considered a slow to moderate release protein, so is ideal to use alongside other protein sources and supplements. Soy protein can be taken with other supplements but you should always check the serving instructions on each product if you plan on taking a combination of supplements. Popular combinations include soy protein with creatine; soy protein with oats; soy protein with iBCAA; and soy protein with glutamine.

How To Include Soy Protein In Your Diet

Soy protein allows other foods to be more effectively processed into energy by the body so combining it with foods you already eat is very beneficial. You could make your own protein bars with soy protein powder. You would do this by adding soy protein to oats and your choice of fruit, nuts, seeds and other flavourings and sweeteners like chocolate, nut butter, cinnamon and syrup for example.

  • Mix soy protein powder with egg and milk to make a batter for pancakes or waffles
  • Use soy protein powder mixed with herbs to coat meat or fish before cooking
  • Soy protein powder can be used in quick breads, cookies, pastry and dumplings but avoid using it in recipes that require yeast.
  • You can even combine it with tofu, butter and walnuts to create a fudge

It is recommended that you consume between 2-5 servings per day, dependent upon your own personal needs. A serving would be classed as 30g (one scoop) of Soy Protein Isolate 90. It is recommended that you take 1g of protein per pound of body weight, so adjust your intake accordingly.

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vikkiroberts

I'm in my 30's and fit my sport in around a full time job, part time study (to become a PT), socialising and keeping the weeds out of my allotment. Diet is important to me a food is always on my mind; I eat therefore I run! I've have been a vegetarian for over 20 years with no notable detriment to my fitness or health and I'm enjoying learning about the benefits of supplements and how they can help me get the right things in my diet.I never used to be sporty but I'm now a runner first and foremost with a penchant for collecting medals and one marathon under my belt at the time of writing. More recently I have been dipping my toes into the world of triathlon. I'm not speedy but I am determined. There is always "one more race" in my diary.

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