Soy milk, healthy alternative

Today there are many foods that provide the same nutrients as others. Among these is the case of soy milk, which is a great ally if you want to enrich your diet and avoid health problems. Soy has the benefit of being very moisturizing, an effect that can be seen remarkably on the skin, showing it more flexible and less prone to wrinkles.

Soy milk has been consumed for 2000 years and is obtained by soaking, crushing, cooking and filtering soybeans for more than 12 hours. It is very similar to cow's milk in its nutritional properties and flavor, and it is also used for the preparation of yogurt ice creams, fruit smoothies, creams, sauces, etc. It provides a large amount of vitamins, minerals and other protective and beneficial substances for people.

For adults, "this drink provides an invaluable amount of elements and fiber that help prevent various diseases such as osteoporosis, breast, uterine and prostate cancer," says nutritionist Ana Angela Espinoza, for whom this alternative helps with disorders hormonal, cholesterol, digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease and obesity. "In addition, it benefits muscular and physical development; and for women, it relieves the pain associated with premenstrual syndrome because it is easier to digest ”.

Unlike cow's milk, soy milk lacks high cholesterol levels and has half the fat and calories (since it is not of animal origin), it has the same amount of vitamin B and more iron. On the other hand, it has a higher quality and quantity of protein than red meat or eggs, and it is suitable for people who are lactose intolerant. Soy milk is a good source of carbohydrates and has less fat, which is also not saturated but polyunsaturated (which is beneficial for the body), and has a lower sodium content.

It is recommended to consume it at breakfast because it provides the amino acids necessary to build, repair and maintain body tissues and induces rapid thinking, paying attention and communicating appropriately with the environment. It also contains a significant amount of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant and helps keep blood glucose levels stable.

AT HOME

Soy is obtained by soaking, grinding and filtering the soy. It can be purchased in stores, although devices to produce it at home are also marketed. The use of soy to produce milk compared to that produced from cows can be beneficial for the environment, because using the same amount of land produces food for a greater number of people than if it is used to raise and maintain cows. Cows require much more energy to produce milk, consuming up to 24 kilograms of dry matter food and 90 to 180 liters of water per day, producing an average of 40 liters of milk per day, while soybean cultivation only requires a minimal fertilization, water and land rotated. If you do it at home, you can soak half a kilo of soybeans in plenty of water for 12 hours. With the help of a canvas and water, completely remove the husk from the grain. Grind the peeled beans in a mill or blender 2 times, boil 6 liters of water if you want with cinnamon and cloves to flavor, add the ground soybeans to the water and stir for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain and serve.

WITH CAUTION

According to nutritionist Sara Abu - Sabbah, soy is rich in purines (natural substances found in food), which increase the formation of uric acid in our metabolism. People who suffer from gout or are at risk of suffering from it, should limit their consumption as well as limit the consumption of omega 3 supplements. Also, the expert emphasizes that breastfeeding directly from the mother's breast is the best way to nourish the infant and promote a better bond between mother and child.

 

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