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As early as 2828 BC, soy was described by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung.
The soybean was cultivated between the 17th and 11th centuries BC in the eastern half of China.

Soy was then considered one of the 5 sacred crops, along with rice, wheat, barley and millet.Soy is made from the soybean plant Glycine max. The plant forms hairy legumes containing the soybeans in 100 to 150 days.Soybeans ripen in the pod to a hard dry bean. While most soybeans are yellow, there are also some less common varieties that are black, brown or green in color. There are about 1000 soybean varieties, each with different properties. Soy is very versatile. Soy can be used as whole soybeans, or processed as soy milk, bean curd (tofu) or soy sauce, among other things . Soy can be converted to tempeh by edible fungi .

Soy Is Very Nutritious:

Soy products such as bean curd, tempeh and soy milk are very rich in protein. This protein is of very high quality because it contains all essential amino acids. The amino acids of soy combine very well with the amino acids of cereals. Soy is therefore a very important food for vegans.

The whole soybeans are an excellent source of protein (40%) and dietary fiber. The soybean surpasses all other foods, even fish and meat, in protein content. In addition to the high protein content, the proteins of the soybean are also of very good quality. The soybean contains all 8 essential amino acids in a very favorable ratio.

Research has shown that consuming soy products can have many benefits for menopausal women. The US FDA allows health claims on food packaging, especially that soy protein can reduce the risk of heart attacks.

Soy Helps Against Osteoporosis

Natural soy products do not contain much calcium, but the consumption of soy can still help to prevent osteoporosis (bone loss). Several studies prove that soy isoflavones (substances similar to oestrogens) have a potentially positive effect on the maintenance of bone density.

Soy Lowers The Risk Of Some Cancers

Several studies indicate that a regular intake of soy may help prevent hormone-dependent cancers such as breast, prostate and uterine cancer.