Scientists say it is practically the only ‘complete’ foodstuff in existence, containing proteins, carbohydrates and fats as well as vital calcium, phosphorous and many vitamins and minerals. In the east they say “He who has soya has meat, milk, eggs, cheese, bread and oil.”
Include soya in your diet
Beansprouts are ideal for salads and stirfrying.
The beans can be stewed just like any others.
Soy sauce is made by fermenting and macerating the beans with oats and is used for adding flavour.
Soya milk is perfect for those intolerant to cows’ milk.
Soya flour is consumed more than any other type in the Orient.
Powdered soya is added to sausages and cold meats such as soya sausage.
Tofu and vegetarian cheese are made with soya milk. They can be cooked, used in salads or to make sauces.
In your supermarket
Dietisa make soya hamburgers and sausages (hamburgers 2.28 euros, sausages 3.00 euros)
Alpro Soya Drink Enriched with Calcium is made by Central Lechera Asturiana. It contains over 15% of the daily recommended intake of calcium and vitamin B2. Costs 1.32 euros.
Bifidus activo – a vital bacteria for good digestion – and soya are combined in Danone’s Bio Extracto de Soya yoghurts (packs of four costs 1.78 euros).
Gerblé Soya Naranja biscuits contain soya protein, calcium, vitamins and magnesium. (cost approx 2.12 euros).
Kikkoman soy sauce is made using traditional Japanese methods. (2 euros for 150 ml).
Innèov Firmeza is a nutritional complex containing isoflavines from soya and vitamin C. It slows down the aging process and stimulates cellular renewal, protecting the body from free radicals. Costs 23.50 for 60 capsules.
Santiveri’s Soya Cream custard desserts (natillas) come in chocolate and vanilla flavours and costs 1.10 euros for 2.
Flavo Valeriana by Chiesi is a food supplement containing both soya and Valerian. Two tablets a day will not only give you all the benefits of eating soya, but will relax you. Cost for 30 capsules – 14 euros.