Soy Protein Awareness: A complete Plant based protein

Proteins : Fascination towards the Building blocks

The times are changing and so is our diet. We’re increasingly becoming more and more aware of the Macro and Micro nutrients and thus we’re witnessing changes in the dietary patterns as well. As we progress towards a healthy eating plan, one of the most important concern that comes into picture is “getting sufficient proteins”. And it becomes a bedlam if you are Vegetarian /trying to turn Vegan, which is on the rise globally. 

IDA concluded from a survey by IMRB that around 93 percent of Indians are not aware of their ideal protein requirements. 84% of the vegetarian diets are Protein deficient and 65% non vegetarian diets are protein deficient. Usually 9 out of 10 people are not consuming enough proteins basis their body’s requirement.

Quite an eye opener, Isn’t it? Have a close look at your diet patterns and you’ll acknowledge that we all are still embracing “Carb- based” diet with added saturated fats in the form of butter, ghee, oils. Are we really targeting a healthy body with dietary modifications (more proteins, less carbs) ? If yes, then do have a look at the quality of protein and whether you are consuming complete protein or not? We shall read all this below.

Soy protein awareness by DuPont 

Soybean is a great plant based source of proteins. It is a complete protein as it provides all 9 eseential amino acids required for tissue synthesis. Soy protein is important for Weight loss, better heart health, lowering high Blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels and more. Read to know more of SOy awareness by DuPont . #soybean #soyprotein #proteinawareness #DuPont #protein #weightloss #healthyfood

Recently, I got a chance to be a part of Soy Protein awareness, by DuPont, a global leader in F&B, Dietary supplements. As they say,

“At DuPont Nutrition & health, we provide manufacturers with natural ingredients for safe, nutritious and healthy products.”

Getting a chance to hear DuPont dignitaries (Mr. Indranil Chatterjee, Ms. Karuna Jaikrishna, Sujith Sathyadas) and Dr. Namita (HOD, Clinical Nutrition, Fortis Hospital, Noida), raising the awareness around Soy protein, was phenomenal.

We are aware that proteins are the basic building blocks of our body. Our daily protein requirement is 1gm/kg, i.e. If I’m a normal fit adult, weighing 60kgs and not indulging in lots of physical exercise, then my daily Protein requirement is 60 gms. This requirement varies (increases) for growing toddlers, children, physically active adults, sports people and even for elders.

Despite being aware of the daily Protein requirement, when it comes to me, being a vegetarian, even I found it quite challenging to fulfil my family’s complete protein needs. My focus has increased towards adding complete plant based proteins(with all 9 essential A.A) in diet. Personally, I have increased Tofu usage, added Soy Flour to my normal chapati flour, and included quinoa in our diet.

Soybean is a great plant based source of proteins. It is a complete protein as it provides all 9 eseential amino acids required for tissue synthesis. Soy protein is important for Weight loss, better heart health, lowering high Blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels and more. Read to know more of SOy awareness by DuPont . #soybean #soyprotein #proteinawareness #DuPont #protein #weightloss #healthyfood

The surge of Plant based protein intake :

Globally there has been a rise in the intake of Plant based protein. Basically protein rich food should supply 9 Essential Amino acids which are must for the synthesis of the tissue proteins. The remaining 11 Amino acids can be synthesized from other sources in our body. The right plant based foods when consumed in right combinations, completes our body’s requirements. Plant based proteins give us less calories and fats compared to animal based foods. And this is why the consumption of Plant based proteins as Soy proteins, Pea protein, Quinoa are rising exponentially.

Soybean is a great plant based source of proteins. It is a complete protein as it provides all 9 eseential amino acids required for tissue synthesis. Soy protein is important for Weight loss, better heart health, lowering high Blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels and more. Read to know more of SOy awareness by DuPont . #soybean #soyprotein #proteinawareness #DuPont #protein #weightloss #healthyfood

According to Statista, the plant protein market was valued at 10.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2017 and it has been forecasted at a continuous growth for next 7 years. So what matters is the Quality of protein you are consuming and this has been effectively measured by PDCAAS(Protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score) score. As per wikipedia, “It is used to evaluate the quality of a protein based on the amino acid requirements of human body and also their ability to digest it”.

It was shared that DuPont Danisco Isolated Soy Protein has a PDCAAS score of 1, which means that it has all 9 essential Amino acids needed by our body and is easily digested as well. It is comparable to high quality animal protein as egg white and beef.

Soy Protein and its benefits : Facts about SOY proteins

Let’s have a look at the Soy Protein’s Nutritional science here :

  • Soy serves as a lean source of high quality complete protein (having all 9 essential Amino acids), which can be consumed in various ways. Be it Tofu or Soy Milk or Soy flour, it needs a greater share in our diets.
  • This protein is lactose free, Cholesterol free and vegetarian /vegan friendly. 
  • Whole soy foods are a great source of protein (Soybean has 36% protein). It has unsaturated fats (healthy for heart) and is low in Saturated fat as it is derived from plants.
  • Soy is also rich in Vitamin B-Complex, Vitamin E, potassium, Iron, Calcium and is a good source of dietary fibres(15%).
  • The best part is the flexibility Soy poses. It can be added to the foods in varied form.
  • Soy Protein is easily digested and it supports in fulfilling the growth and development needs of growing children.
  • Soy is less allergic compared to Dairy (18%), Fish (17%) and Nut. Though Soy allergies still tend to capture 11% share.

Importance of Soy protein at all stages of Life :

Looking for better Weight Management?

Then that’s a good news for you. Protein rich food keeps you fuller for longer durations, thus increasing satiety and reducing the cravings to grab those junks. Studies have shown that diets having soy protein curbs the anxiety to grab mid-day unhealthy snacks, improves appetite, supports loss of fat and maintains lean muscle mass (which should not be lost during weight loss).

Muscle Growth :

Who says that muscles are required only for sports people and gym goers? We all need the strength training and Proteins, promotes muscle gain and preserve muscle mass. The best benefit is obtained when Soy and dairy products are taken in combination within 30 minutes of workout. This combination works great for muscle recovery.

Active Lifestyle as we age :

As we age, we lose muscle mass and this risks elders for more falls and fractures. Little exercise and intake of Soy protein helps in muscle maintenance and is must for ageing people. Soy protein can be of great help in :

  • Increasing bone mineral density, hence preventing Osteoporosis (more so after menopause in women)
  • Preventing Joint pain and stiffness
  • Eating Soy Protein can also help in reducing the Blood Pressure in people with High B.P.

Soybean is a great plant based source of proteins. It is a complete protein as it provides all 9 eseential amino acids required for tissue synthesis. Soy protein is important for Weight loss, better heart health, lowering high Blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels and more. Read to know more of SOy awareness by DuPont . #soybean #soyprotein #proteinawareness #DuPont #protein #weightloss #healthyfood

Heart Health :

Thanks to the brands coming up with Soy Oil promoting it for better heart health. Daily soy protein intake may improve LDL or bad cholesterol levels, which in turn reduces the risk of heart diseases. Soy has a cholesterol lowering effect. To claim Soy protein for heart health, FDA released the statement :

 “25gms of Soy protein a day, as a part of diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. “

For this ensure that you are having 6.25gms of Soy protein per serving and ensure healthy eating habits. 

On a broader note, soy protein is excellent source to meet our protein requirements, more so when taken in natural forms. Also, those who are allergic to Milk or are Vegetarian / Vegan, soy protein is a great alternative. It must be added in specified quantities in diet.

Disclaimer :

This post should not be considered as a medical advisory for any individual to opt for Soy proteins. It is always suggested to consult your nutritionist before manipulating your dietary intake. Although, consuming foods containing soy protein is safe when taken in quantities which are available in natural foods. Soy is said be avoided if one is under anti-depressants or other medications where Soy proteins might change the molecular biology.

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33 thoughts on “Soy Protein Awareness: A complete Plant based protein”

  • Hi Jhilmil,

    What an amazing post. I didn’t knew that 9 out of 10 individual have protein deficient issues. It is an important subject which need s to be discussed at length. You have remarkably well to highlight this important issue in this post. More and more people should be made aware of it so that we can all take necessary steps to counter it.

    Thanks for sharing, have a good day. 🙂

  • Being a vegetarian it’s hard for me to find a good source of protein. So I rely on supplements. But supplements generally break my skin. So I am very skeptical. I will try this out. Thanks for sharing.

  • I have been a vegan for the last 15 years and animal protein is something that I can neither eat nor digest… Soy protein is indeed a healthy vegan option! Will surely try!

  • Didn’t know so many facts about Soy. It does seem like a nice nutritious protein laden product to have. I do however believe it will good to have a mix of different protein sources including millets, dhals, sprouts etc.

  • That was definitely a very insightful post and thanks for throwing light on the importance of soy protein and it’s numerous health benefits.

  • This is an eye opener..protiens are an important nutrient …I must say we should have more such sessions for people awareness

  • very informative post with excellent graphics, you had done really great hard work to make this post valuable. I agree for vegetarian it is hard to maintain the protein requirements, and I too face same issue during everyday life. no doubt the soy protein is an excellent source of plant protein and had lots of health benefits. the brand is looking really promising.

  • This seems to be a brilliant and innovative product for all the vegetarian lovers. My husband is vegetarian by choice and loves to try out different kebabs. Will try it out for sure. Thanks

  • This is such an informative article Jhilmil. I bet the event was amazing too. So much info to take from it. I introduced Baked beans at a very early stage to my child and he enjoys eating that. He is also fond of chicken and eggs so atleast I’m at peace as far as my son is concerned. However I’m not good at eating non veg. Soya chunks, red kidney beans, lentils etc are my top picks.

  • I had very little idea about this brand of soya protein.It may be helpful for many people who cant have other types of protein.

  • Its good to increase awareness about protein requirements for an individual. The event sounds really informative. I need to amp up my protein Intake so it should be at par with what my body needs. Thanks for sharing xx

  • Well written post, Jhilmil. Proteins are the building blocks of our body and we can never ignore the role they play in keeping us fit and healthy. Incorporating protein in our diet is some or the other form everyday is crucial.

  • Being a vegan, I know the struggle of finding a protein rich diet! Soy has always been a saviour! I love tofu, soy milk and even soy protein powder! Nice post!

  • wow so many benefits of soya protein. I don’t like the taste of soya but after reading your post I need to start drinking it for my overall health.

  • Soy proteins are very healthy proteins. this looks like a very informative session. Not many people know about it and its great to spread awareness.

  • Protein is definitely essential for well being. Be it any age there is a recommendation for protein intake. Protein supplements definitely helps to keep up the protein levels.

  • Even though we’re in 2018, there seems to be a lack of awareness for soy protein particularly. There are a lot of misconceptions which your article solves. Soy protein is indeed beneficial​ in many ways.

  • The stats are quite staggering and a point of concern. We think taking ample amount of lentils and other protein based products suffice the need. But that’s a wrong approach. Great post and awesome information. Thanks for sharing.

  • That’s a informative post about soya protein. I will start consuming soya protein from now on for my better health.

  • Amazing and informative post. Soy protein is best for the nutritional and healthy benefits. Soy protein contains all the essential amino acids. Great thoughts.

  • Soy protein is a wonderful option for vegetarian folks, usually Indian base is that of vegetarians and plant based protein source is a boon for them.

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