If soyfoods sound intimidating, they shouldn’t be – with a wide variety of products available, there’s something for everyone!
Children can benefit significantly from soyfoods, as consuming soy during childhood has been shown to promote growth and boost bone health! Even better, soyfoods are rich in the nutrients kids need and can be use to meet the daily meat, diary, or vegetable recommendations in a new and novel way. There are plenty of kid-friendly options in most supermarkets, such as chocolate soymilk and soy non-dairy frozen desserts.
Soyfoods are also a great option for anyone watching their weight, as soy products like veggie burgers and soy cream cheese are lower in saturated fats, cholesterol, and calories than meat and dairy products made with whole milk. They’re also a great alternative for people with food allergies: soymilk can replace cereal, and soy nut butter and roasted soy nuts easily replace peanut butter and peanuts.
The Fitness Gourmet, Patricia Greenberg, agrees that soy is perfect for all ages:
- Soyfoods such as tofu, edamame and soy cheese are great for multi-generational households who want to incorporate more vegetables in their diets.
- People at any age want to eat healthy, but also want convenience. Soyfoods are so good for you, and yet so easy to prepare.
- Babies who are just learning how to eat need soft foods, and older people who have problems chewing do too, so soy yogurts, puddings, and frozen treats are perfect!
- It’s hard to keep a low cholesterol diet when the house is full of growing children. Soy burgers, deli slices and soy breakfast sausages bridge that gap beautifully!