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Fareway Dietitian: Soy Foods Month

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

April is Soy Foods Month. Soybeans are classified as a legume (a legume is defined as a seed, pod, or other edible part of a plant.

Current recommendation is about ½ cup of legumes per day or 3 cups per week. Soy is one of the seven most common allergens.

Soy Nutrients

-complete protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids needed for protein synthesis

-folate

-vitamin K

-calcium

-magnesium

-iron

-fiber

-potassium

-B vitamin

-Omega-3s

-Antioxidants

Soy Health Benefits

--Cancer prevention, especially breast and prostate

--Lower LDL (bad) cholesterol

--Reduce menopausal symptoms

Sources of soy

--Tofu

--Edamame

--Soy nuts

--Soymilk

--Morning Star burgers

--Soy Joy Bars

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