Soy - Healthy or Harmful?

by Ana Tikaradze

June 9, 2021

What is Soy Milk? Soy milk is a plant-based drink used as an alternative to animal milk. Soy milk is made from soybeans and is a mixture of water, fat and protein.

Why should I consume soy milk? There are many reasons for this - a vegan lifestyle, lactose intolerance (some people can not process the sugar/lactose in cow milk), or you just may not like the taste of cow milk.

What it contains? Soy milk, compared to other plant milks, is nutritionally closest to cow milk. It is rich in protein (contains all nine essential amino acids), has a low sugar content and is quite low in calories.

Is it healthy or harmful? I have been rejecting soy for a long time. Everywhere there was talk that the grain was genetically modified, intended for animal feed, causing hormonal imbalances, etc. However, recent studies have shown that this is not necessarily the case and soy is a fairly good product. You can listen to the following podcast for more information about the soya: Is soy healthy or harmful.

What can I make from soybeans? Milk, mayonnaise, yogurt, tofu, tempe, burgers, cakes, etc.

At Namu we offer following soya dishes:

Also, at home you can easily make:

Soya Milk

  1. Soak 100 g of soybeans in water overnight
  2.  Rinse and blend with 1 liter of water
  3.  Transfer to a saucepan and cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes (eating raw soyabeans is not recommended)
  4.  After cooling, squeeze in the nut milk bag (pay attention - boil first and then strain to get more nutrients)
  5.  Store in a clean glass bottle in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Soya Yogurt

  1. Transfer the soy milk into a clean jar
  2. Add 1 capsule of probiotic (you can buy it at the pharmacy for the first fermentation, then keep the prepared yogurt in a small jar and use it to make a new batch)
  3. Cover the jar and let it seat for 12-24 hours (until it thickens - warm temperature makes the process faster)
  4. When ready - store in the refrigerator.

For the sweet version, along with milk and probiotics add 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in the jar.

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