Spotlight on Soy

Aside from major health benefits, soy is a versatile food. Learn a few facts about this popular legume from Giant Eagle®.
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Research links soy to reduced risk for certain chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.

Health Benefits

  • Soy is a complete protein – unique for a non-animal source
  • Alternative to cow’s milk – generally fortified with calcium and vitamin D, soy is a great choice for those with milk allergies or lactose-intolerance; look in the dairy aisle at Giant Eagle for soy-based milk, creamer and yogurt
  • Heart health – soy contains some fiber, and the fat it contains is considered heart-healthy in reasonable amounts; research links soy to reduced risk for certain chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer
  • Weight control – because of the protein, fat and fiber content, soy foods provide satiety and a feeling of fullness

Nutrition Facts

  • 1 cup soy milk has 100 calories, 7g protein and 4g fat
  • 1 cup light soy milk has 70 calories, 6g protein and 2g fat
  • ½ cup firm tofu has 88 calories, 8.3g protein and 5.3g fat
  • ½ cup shelled edamame has 95 calories, 8.4g protein and 4g fat

Did You Know?

  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, processed soybeans are the largest source of protein and the second largest source of vegetable oil in the world
  • The United States is the world’s leading producer of soy
  • Soy was a staple crop in China 5000 years ago and a major source of protein; it appeared in the U.S. in 1804 when sailors loaded soybeans on clipper ships as way to put inexpensive weight on an empty ship -- once in the U.S, the beans were left behind to make room for cargo

Soy products include edamame, soy butter, soy nuts, tofu, soy-based beverages, cheese, yogurt,  frozen desserts, soy sauce, soy oil and spreads, flour, and soy powders

Although some people are allergic to soy, most of us can enjoy foods like tofu, soy milk and soybeans in moderation. Consult your doctor or ask the registered dietitians for guidance in adding soy to your diet. Stop in the store or contact nutrition@gianteagle.com for more information. For great recipes, visit www.soyfoods.org.

Brought to you by the Registered Dietitians at Giant Eagle and Market District®

Important Physician Advice Disclaimer: The content provided by Giant Eagle®, including but not limited to, website, recipe and health information is for educational purposes only. This content is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your physician for professional guidance before changing or undertaking a new diet program. Advance consultation with your physician is particularly important if you are under the age of 18, pregnant, nursing or have health problems.