Soybeans- Always a Good Source of Proteins for Vegetarians

Soybeans are also known as soya beans, scientifically it is known as Glycine max, having a good nutritional profile and contains a lot of health benefits such as good for heart health, protects from cancer, improves digestion, good for bone health and reduces the risk of diabetes, lowers the cholesterol level, decreases the risk of insomnia and sleep and also beneficial for women’s health.

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Soybeans Contains-

  • Best Quality of Protein – It contains all the essential amino acids required by the body. It is rich in lysine amino acid, but slightly poor in sulphur containing amino acid such as methionine.
  • Soybean contains appreciable amounts of dietary fiber, thiamine, vitamin K, vitamin B6, riboflavin, vitamin C and niacin but deficient in vitamin B12.
  • It contains significant amounts of minerals like iron, manganese, copper, phosphorous, selenium, zinc and calcium. The bioavailability of calcium in soybean milk is comparable to that of cow’s milk.

Soy Products and their uses-

Full Fat Soy Flour- used in baking industry as enzyme active soya flour, baby and health foods, soups etc.

Defatted Flour- used as bleaching and dough improving agents.

Soy Protein Concentrate – used in sausages, breakfast cereals, baby and health foods. It also improves juiciness and eating quality of product.

Soy Protein Isolate – is used where very high protein level is required.

Textured Vegetable Proteins (TVP) – TVP is the name given to the food made from the proteins derived mainly from soya is an inexpensive and complete plant based protein. The term ‘textured’ refers to the process which forms the protein powders into different forms, e.g. granules, chunks, flakes, fibers. They have a chewy texture and appear similar to meat. Soya bean with high protein content very close to meat and is considered the most important source of vegetable protein.

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Reduce Pesticide Uses – A Boon for Food Chain

The main aim of agriculture is to produce crops for the consumption of human and livestock. When their population increases then it is very important to increase the crop production also but rodents and agricultural pests damaged a maximum amount of crop production that results in a severe loss to the economy. The word pesticide refers to any particular chemical substance or compound that used to kill, repel or control a pest, but it also causes many ill-effects to human health or even causes human deaths every year. It can be a fungicide, herbicide, insecticide, mulluscicide, nematicide, rodenticide, and others that are used to target certain unwanted living organism. The destruction caused by pest is the greatest problem worldwide, so, to overcome this situation the use of pesticides has increased many folds. Using pesticides is very beneficial, but it has many problems too.

Pesticide Use Skyrocketing

AdvantagesFood production can be increased many times by using pesticides, it will profits to the farmers and protects the plantation, animals and humans from diseases.

Disadvantages– Continued exposure to these chemicals for long may lead to pesticide toxicity through ingestion, inhalation and skin penetration. It may cause certain ill-effects like cancer, hormonal imbalances, infertility, blood disorders, genotoxicity, neruological and psychological disorders etc.

Pesticides can also contaminate soil, ground water, vegetation and turf. Moreover, it can also be toxic to other organisms such as birds, fishes, important insects, plants and also disturbs our food chain that is very harmful for the society.

Farmers can switch to alternatives to traditional chemical pesticides like the use of natural pesticides, use of biological methods to control pests, control of insect breeding, use of manures instead of chemical fertilizers, soil steaming, crop rotation, poly culture means growing multiple crops together.

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Let’s Switch to Ragi – The Super Food

Finger millet or African millet (Eleusine coracana), is also known as Ragi or Nachni is grown in the dry regions of Africa and Asia. It is also commonly grown in the foothills of Himalayas, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. It is a rich source of protein, calcium, iron, phosphorous, dietary fiber, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamin content. Ragi is one of the most nutritious and good source of the diet for growing kids, pregnant females, lactating mothers, patients and peoples of old age.

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What Makes it Super Food?

    • Helps in Losing Weight: Ragi contains an amino acid called Tryptophan, which lowers appetite and helps in keeping weight in control. Ragi gets digested at a slower rate, thus keeps one away from intaking excessive calories. It also contains dietary fibers that give a feeling of fullness and controls excessive food consumption.
    • Improving Bone Health: Ragi is a great source of natural calcium and its regular consumption is very much essential for the development of bones in growing children and maintenance of bone health in adults and aging people. Ragi keeps diseases such as osteoporosis at bay and thereby reducing the risk of fracture.
    • Control Diabetes: On regular consumption, ragi helps in controlling diabetes mellitus as it is a good source of dietary fibers with low glycemic index that slows down the digestion process and so, help in controlling the blood sugar level in the blood.
    • Lowers Blood Cholesterol Level: Ragi contains lecithin and methionine amino acids due to which it helps in controlling the blood cholesterol level by decreasing the plaque formation and thereby preventing the blockage of blood vessels hence, reducing the risk of strokes and other cardiovascular diseases. It also contains one more amino acid, threonine which helps in preventing the fat formation in the liver.
    • Women Friendly: The important aspect of this food is that it provides calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin B1 and B2 in abundance, thereby preventing from malnutrition. Pregnant and nursing mothers are advised to consume ragi regularly, as it helps to increase the production of breast milk in the body. It also enriches the mother’s milk with all the vital nutrients, essential for the normal growth of newly born baby and the mother’s health. Ragi is also rich in folic acid, which helps the brain development of the baby in the mother’s womb. Moreover, Foods having a low glycemic index and rich in dietary fiber are highly recommended for the females suffering from PCOD/PCOS (poly cystic ovarian disease/poly cystic ovarian syndrome) and it also aids in controlling overweight in the same condition.
    • Prevents Anaemia:Ragi is a very good source of natural Iron. Ragi consumption helps in condition of anemia. Incorporate ragi in your daily diet and cut out the supplements of iron in the form of tablets and tonics.
    • Aids Relaxation: Ragi contains lots of antioxidants that help in natural relaxation of the body and also beneficial for stress related ailments such as anxiety, depression, hypertension and headaches.
    • Good Source of Protein/ Amino Acids: Ragi is a good source of amino acids like tryptophan, threonine, valine, isoleucine, lysine and methionoine which are essential for the normal functioning of the body, muscle repair, helps in bone formation and prevents the skin from premature aging by maintaining the collagen. It is a chemical substance which supports to make it supple and lively, thereby resulting in flawless and wrinkle or fine line free skin.
    • Boon for Hair: Millets are a good source of proteins and is highly advisable for the persons suffering from hair loss as protein rich diet is essential for healthy hair. Stress increases the level of cortisol, in the body leading to a massive hair reduction. Magnesium present in millets controls hair loss by reducing cortisol level and thereby protects hair from premature graying. Magnesium in millets also reduces inflammation in the scalp to treat scalp conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dandruff. Millet is also beneficial for treating premature balding.
    • Improve Overall Health: On regular consumption, it regulates proper digestion, normal bowel movement and prevents constipation. As ragi is highly nutritious, it prevents from nutritional deficiencies, degenerative diseases and premature aging at bay. It is also highly recommended for lactating mothers in the condition of not producing sufficient milk. Its intake is not advisable in case of patients suffering from kidney stones, as it increases the quantity of oxalic acid in the body. Ragi can be taken in the form of roti, dosa, porridge, soup, malt, sprouts, upma, laddo, halwa, cakes, biscuits and many more.

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Multigrain flour can also be prepared by the combining wheat and finger millet in the ratio of 7:3 respectively,s and it is one of the simplest ways of incorporating ragi in our daily diet as no Indian meal is complete without roti. This highly nutritious roti is very helpful in controlling the blood glucose levels in diabetic patients effectively. Instead of popping a pill, let’s switch to ragi- the super cereal and believe it’s an amazing super cereal.