Soy Fiber Helps with Weight Loss, Improves Cholesterol Levels

 

A study published in December shows fiber from soy may be beneficial in weight loss and the improvement of cholesterol levels and hypertension. With more than seven times the fiber as whole wheat flour, defatted soy flour contains 20 grams of fiber per cup, increases satiety, and decreases spontaneous food intake, therefore decreasing caloric intake.

The study, “Soy Fiber Improves Weight Loss and Lipid Profile,” conducted by the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P. R. China, found overweight and obese adults were able to decrease body weight, BMI, and fasting LDL-C levels after 12 weeks of consuming soy fiber products only once a day. The benefits of fiber from soy allow those trying to lose weight a healthy, more efficient, bioavailable, and tasty alternative to whole wheat flour when seeking increased satiety.

In addition to its high fiber content, soy fiber is also rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and iron, all necessary minerals for proper body function. Soy flour can easily be used in making breads, crackers, protein bars, breading for meats and vegetables, and much more. (Click here for more information on cooking with soy flour.)