June 14 to 20 is celebrated as Men’s Health Week. It is an initiative to highlight men’s health and encourage them to give importance to their health and well being. You all are aware of the fact that men and women face different health issues and their needs are also different.
There are polarized opinions about soy food. They are subject to a wide variety of wild claims, most of which are unscientific. This blog will settle the age old debate once and for all as soy foods are awesome in all their forms – especially for men.
Soyabeans belong to the family of legumes. Their cousins are peanuts, peas, and lentils. They are nutritional saturated fat and cholesterol. Not only this, some very useful micronutrients like folate, magnesium, and potassium are also present in it. Folate is very important in DNA repair.
Asian diets include a range of soy foods. These are only rich sources of protein for vegetarians and vegans. And they are encouraged to include soy foods regularly in their diet.
So let’s elaborate why men especially should eat more soy foods and address some misconceptions regarding soy.
Research shows soy protein helps in reducing LDL cholesterol. This cholesterol blocks your arteries. They can also increase elasticity of blood vessels and lower inflammation. Soy milk is an excellent gift for your heart.
Poor bone health, low energy levels, mood swings, reduced muscle mass and libido are associated with low testosterone levels. The common notion is phytoestrogens in soy foods disrupt testosterone and its efficacy in your body. However, no study has ever proven that soy foods cause an increase of estrogen in males.
When it comes to plant based protein sources, soy foods are the answer. Mostly men rely on animal based sources of protein. Nonetheless, plant based sources have their own benefits. Shifting to plant based sources reduces your disease risk profile without you cutting your protein intake. Your gym gains will not be disturbed by replacing meat with tempeh and tofu.
It is the second most common cancer in men. Asian men suffer less from this cancer where soy is a staple food. This was concluded by some extensive research in this area. There is an important relation between soy consumption and lower prostate cancer.