Cracked UP! Benefits of Soy Nuts

June 20th, 2011 No Comments Tags: , , , ,

I am continuing the “Cracked UP!” theme describing the benefits of various nuts. I’ve written on this theme May 21 and June 11, 2011. Today’s feature is on soy nuts. Nuts have been given a bad wrap in the past when many people became fat phobic. However, nuts in general are so naturally nutrient rich as an excellent source of protein, fat and fibre. It’s great to move your cheese and include new foods to branch out your diet.

If you’re trying to cut back on your meat consumption consider adding nuts to your diet to help fill that protein void. I often have plain toasted soy nuts available in my pantry that I add to salads. I also bring these along as my “travel companion” when I’m on the road if mealtimes flex outside of my hunger zone. They add interest, crunch, nutrition and flavour.

Soy inherently has phytochemicals referred to as isoflavones. Many studies have shown the benefits of these components in the prevention of heart disease and some cancers. So not only are they fab for you, they also taste great. A perfect combination!!

Like any food though watch your amounts. Just because some is good for you it doesn’t mean a truckload is better. Calories still count, even for healthy foods, right?? A quarter cup have 120 calories, 10 grams of protein and 6 grams of fibre. I avoid any of the salted nuts because I cannot stop noshing on them. Train your eye by measuring these out because a slip of the wrist can add a lot more than planned which can tip the scale in no time.

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