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6 Incredible Health Benefits of Soybean, Uses and Side Effects

The Health benefits of soybean are enormous. Soybean is very rich in protein and relatively cheaper. All around the world, soybean is used in the diets of people and animal products like poultry, pigs, rabbits, sheep, cattle, etc.

Here are some of the incredible health benefits of soybean.

1. Improves digestive health

Soybean has 6grams of fiber per serving. This creates a healthy environment for good bacteria to flourish in the digestive tract.

2. Lowers Cholesterol 

Research suggests that soy products can lower LDL cholesterol by a small percentage. You may need to, therefore, consume adequate quantities to realize the effect.

3. Good protein source

For both vegans and vegetarians, soybean is a good source of protein which is a challenge in their diets. Soybean adds to your daily meals with high plant-based protein content. 

4. Reduces risk of cancer

Soybean contains high levels of antioxidants. This makes it good for the prevention of various cancers. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals which are dangerous by-products of cellular metabolism.

Also, the high fiber content in soybean helps to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

5. Helps to boost heart health

Soybeans are a source of healthier, unsaturated fat. The unsaturated fat helps to lower the harmful cholesterols in the body. This prevents conditions like atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis can easily lead to heart attacks and strokes.

6. Controls diabetes

You can use soybean to manage diabetes.

Soybean has shown to increase insulin receptors in the body thereby helping manage diabetes effectively

Uses of soybean

1. Human food – Used in various meals by humans

2. Animal feed – Used in the preparation of feed for animals like pigs, poultry, rabbits, etc.

3. Industrial use – Used in producing a wide range of products including tires, carpets, biodiesel, etc.

Side effects of soybean

Soybeans have several health benefits. However, some individuals may need to limit their consumption of soy products, or avoid them altogether.

1. Flatulence and diarrhea

Like most other beans, soybeans contain insoluble fibers, which may cause flatulence and also diarrhea in sensitive individuals.

2. Soy allergy

Soy allergy is triggered by soy proteins, glycinin, and conglycinin, found in most soy products.

3. Suppression of thyroid function

A high intake of soy products may suppress thyroid function in some people and contribute to hypothyroidism. This is a condition characterized by low production of thyroid hormones.

The thyroid is a large gland that regulates growth and controls the rate at which your body expends energy.

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