Soy Protein in Your Diabetic Diet
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In 1999 the FDA was prompted to allow a health claim on food
labels stating that a daily diet containing 25 grams of soy
protein, also low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce
the risk of heart disease. This is about 4 daily servings
of whole soy – not supplements.
There are many soybean products on the market that contain
Miso (MEE-soh) is a fermented soybean paste
that can be included in dips, marinades, sauces, and soups.
Three tablespoons of miso has the same protein and carbohydrate
content as one half cup of kidney beans ( about 15 grams of
carbohydrate, 10 grams of protein, and 0-1 gram of fat).
Soy milk is a non-dairy drink made from
cooked soybeans. The vitamin and mineral content of soy milk
will vary with the brand so read the label. A 1-cup serving
equals a 1-cup serving of fat-free milk for carbohydrate and
protein content (about 12 grams of carbohydrate and 8 grams
Tempeh (TEHM-peh) is a mixture of soybeans
and a grain, like rice, which is then fermented into a cake.
It can be added to casseroles or grilled. One-fourth cup of
tempeh equals one ounce of a medium fat meat (0 grams of carbohydrate,
7 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fat).
Tofu (TOH-foo) is a curd made from soybean
milk and pressed into cakes. It can be added to casseroles
or stir fry dishes. Four ounces or one-half cup of tofu equals
1 ounce of a medium fat meat (0 grams of carbohydrate, 7 grams
of protein, and 5 grams of fat).
Whole soybeans can be added to soups or
stews. One-third cup equals 1 ounce of a medium fat meat and
additional carbohydrate (7 grams of carbohydrate, 7 grams
of protein, and 4 grams of fat). An edible whole soybean on
the market is edamame (sometimes spelled edemame).
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