The soybean itself is native to eastern Asia, where it has been grown since ancient times. It was first cultivated in the United States in the 1800s and it was used as a substitute for coffee during the Civil War. No one cared much for it until the late 1800s when it started being grown as a plant to feed livestock.
Soya begins as three little beans in a shell. Several variations can be noticed in the size and color of the flower and of the pod, but the soy plant is strong and hardy. It is able to flourish in temperate weather from the Midwest to the South. The soybean is so versatile, that after harvest it can be eaten or used in its raw form or it can be processed in any variety of ways. For these very reasons we now find that is is used in many different things.
The nutritional values per 100 grams of soya chunks:
Energy value – 336 k cal
Fat – 0.4 g
Iron – 21.2 mg
Protein – 54.2 g
Carbohydrate – 28.9 g
Calcium – 533 mg
The Health Benefits of Soya Chunks
Also known in India as Soy Mealmaker, NUTRENUTS Soya Chunks by SAINUS CARE is a line of high-protein soy chunks, mini-chunks and granules. These chunks can be used interchangeably with certain types of meat in various recipes. For those seeking to embark on a vegetarian diet, or simply reap the health benefits of soy, Soya Chunks may be an excellent addition to your diet. The manufacturer has been making these soy products for 3 years. They are 100% vegetarian and contain 336 calories per 100 grams of product.
Soya Chunks contain 54.2 grams of protein, which exceeds the amount of protein found in meats, eggs, milk and wheat. KidsHealth.org reports that soy protein contains all the amino acids needed by the body, and is an excellent replacement for meat-based proteins. Animal proteins are generally higher in saturated fats. The soy protein in Soya Chunks can be beneficial to the growth of strong bones and teeth in children.
The soy protein in Soya Chunks may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in menopausal women, and may also ease other menopausal symptoms. Similar claims have been made about soy in general, due to the fact that soy contains phytoestrogens, which may have hormonal activity. However, there is insufficient information to support these claims, and soy protein is not considered a medical treatment for osteoporosis or menopausal symptoms.
KidsHealth.org reports that it was once commonly believed that soy protein could lower LDL cholesterol. However, these claims have been partly refuted by recent research by the American Heart Association, which reported that soy has no direct effect on heart health, Kids Health notes. Soy is high in fiber, which is known to benefit cholesterol levels, and can indirectly lower cholesterol by replacing fatty animal proteins in the diet.
According to Kids Health, soy protein in general is rich in B vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to benefit many aspects of health. In addition, SAINUS Nutrition reports that Soya Chunks contain 533 milligrams of calcium and 21.2 grams of iron.
Soy protein contains calories, about 4 kcal per g, but does its consumption increase our body fat? Of course, if you add extra soy protein to your diet you may expect weight increase, but how does soy protein compare with for example dairy protein. One study investigated the effect of a daily supplementation of soy protein or dairy protein on body fat of postmenopausal women . The researchers found that the group who consumed soy protein lost abdominal fat (-12 ml), whereas the group who had the soy protein replaced with dairy protein (casein) showed an increase in abdominal fat (+39 ml). Other parameters, such as total body fat, insulin secretion and lean mass did not differ between the groups. This study concluded that a daily supplementation of soy protein prevents the increase in subcutaneous and abdominal fat, observed with an isocaloric casein placebo in postmenopausal women.
Epidemiological studies suggest that soy protein may reduce the risk of certain cancers, including breast cancer and prostate cancer. Japanese women, who eat a lot of soy protein (mainly from soy tofu and miso), have a much lower risk of breast cancer or prostate cancer than Western people. The anti-cancer effect of soy protein could be explained by the phytochemicals, which are associated with the soy protein. These phytochemicals include the isoflavones (genistein, daidzein andglycitein), phytic acid and saponins. Isoflavones and phytic acid have strong antioxidant properties and can prevent oxidative damage by free radical to our DNA and cells.
Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. There has also been Middle Eastern and Central Asian influence on North Indian cuisine from the years of Mughal rule. Indian cuisine has been and is still evolving, as a result of the nation's cultural interactions with other societies.
Here we are introducing some Indian, Asian and European recipes of NUTRENUTS soya chunks for your taste. Try it and Enjoy it