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What is Soy Protein?

What is Soy Protein?

Embarking on a journey into the world of nutrition often leads us to discover various protein sources, each with its unique benefits. In this exploration, one name stands out prominently – soy protein.

But what exactly is soy protein, and why has it gained such popularity in the realm of health and wellness? Join us as we delve into the depths of soy protein, unravelling the myriad ways it can contribute to a well-rounded and plant-powered lifestyle.

Whether you’re a seasoned health enthusiast or just starting to navigate the protein landscape, this blog aims to be your comprehensive guide to understanding the versatile and nutritious world of soy protein.

What is Soy Protein?

Soy protein is made from soya beans and is a by-product of soybean oil. Essentially, it’s what is left after soybeans have been hulled, ground and had the fat removed. This leaves a powder that can be incorporated into a variety of foods. This lactose free protein source contains little or no cholesterol or saturated fat and it’s commercially available in the form of flour, concentrate or isolates.

Soy protein isolate is highly refined with a neutral taste and a minimum protein content of 90% which is commonly used as a functional or nutritional ingredient. It is about 70% protein and higher in fibre than isolates.

Soy protein flour has the lowest protein content at just 50% but can be used in gluten-free baking. The popularity of soy protein has increased significantly due its health benefits and because it is a good alternative to whey protein for vegans, vegetarians and those with lactose intolerance.

Who Should Take Soy Protein?

Everyone can benefit from taking soy protein as it’s considered a compete protein and the only vegetable source to contain all the essential amino acids. It has been proven to help in reducing the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and in preventing certain cancers.

Including soy protein in the diet can be beneficial for diabetics, vegans, vegetarians, osteoporosis sufferers and women in the menopausal stage. 

How to Take Soy Protein

The most common form of soy protein is as a powder. Soy protein can be mixed with water, milk or a milk substitute to make a shake and can be easily added to foods such as smoothies, soups and porridge.

It can also be used as an ingredient in other recipes such as pancakes, herb coating for meats and fish or in sweets like fudge.

It is recommended that you consume between 2-5 servings of soy protein 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.

Need More Inspiration? Find A Bunch Of Vegan Recipes And Vegan Alternatives Here. Don’t Forget To Hit Up Our Ridiculous Vegan Protein Bars As Well. 

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