Tau-tau. It is very likely that this name does not tell you much. As well, it’s the word that thousands of years ago the Orientals referred to what we know today as soy. A curious word that translated would come to mean the best seed. And it is that the Chinese were already familiar with the great virtues of this leguminous plant. So much so that even included it in the select group of sacred seeds along with the rice, wheat, barley and millet.
However, it was not until well into the 20th century when soybeans began to be used in the power in the West. From then until today, such seeds have not done more to harvest and of all kinds. Not by chance, the shelves of shops and markets are filled with more and more soy-based products. The reasons for so much goodness?, there will be some of the most important:
- Soy is a very valuable source of vegetable protein, high quality. This means that you it’s vitamins of high biological value, since they contain eight essential amino acids that our bodies need and that it cannot manufacture on its own.
- It is especially rich in iso flavones, natural compounds of chemical structure similar to the of estrogens (female hormones by excellence). That is why soy consumption is especially beneficial in the phase of menopause.
- Soy-based foods are low in calories and are cholesterol-free. Soy contains mostly fat unsaturated (the consumption of these polyunsaturated fatty acids has been linked scientifically with vascular protection and the decrease in the rate of cholesterol).
- In addition, soy-based drinks do not contain lactose by representing a very healthy alternative for those who cannot tolerate milk.