Can soy based foods help you to lose more weight? Multiple studies have been conducted on soybeans in relation to weight loss, and they have also evaluated the effect of soy consumption on other areas of health and wellness. If you are looking for soy foods, you can buy things like soy milk, soy burgers, edamame(and there are quite a few brands of all of these), soy creamer, soy ice cream, etc. They tend to be high in protein, iron, omega-3, calcium, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, and copper. The best known soy product is tofu. Tofu is a spongy brick which can resemble a block of cheese. The difference is it has no real flavor of its own, instead taking on the flavors of whatever you combine it with. Tofu can be traced back 2000 years ago to China.
Researchers have now shown that there is a definite relationship between your soy intake and LDL cholesterol levels. When eaten on a daily basis, soy can reduce LDL by up to 40 percent, which means getting rid of bad cholesterol. This means that you reduce your risk of athersclerosis, heart attack, blood clots, stroke, high blood pressure, etc. Some studies have shown men consuming large amounts of soy to have a lower semen count, but it was still in what was considered to be a normal range.
Another study found in the National Institute of Health suggests that eating soy based foods can reduce the problems associated with menopause and benefit the body during that time. It can ease menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, estrogen fluctuations, dry skin, etc.
The results in terms of weight loss are uncertain. Tofu has as much protein as meat without all the fat and calories, which can improve your intake when compared to meat. But in terms of weight loss promotion, it is thought to have all the benefits of skim milk. So while you should definitely use soy as part of a healthy diet, it wouldn’t be a wise decision to think of it as a panacea of weight loss as some have come to.