We’ve got a National Soyfoods Month giveaway you don’t want to miss. And we think that means it’s high time all our Appetite for Health friends had a chance to win their very own tofu press! (Yes, you heard us correctly, and yes, that’s the gadget, pictured left—a $39 value!) If you’re a tofu fan, you know how handy these gadgets can be. If you’re not, having a press might just be what it takes to open your eyes to the wonders of cooking with tofu. Check the details below for how to enter.
If you’ve always thought that soyfoods were for health “nuts,” vegetarians/vegans only, or really just for folks like that colorful, hippie throw-back couple who lives at the end of the street, we’re here to tell you that you’re soy wrong. (Sorry, I will refrain from doing that anymore in this post!) Really though, have you taken a look at the wide variety of soyfoods available at the market lately?
Truly, if your taste buds are not tempted by tofu, and soymilk doesn’t please your palate, there are many, many other choices available. Things like soy burgers and crumbles that are a great stand-in for beef in things like chili, spaghetti sauce, tacos and sloppy Joes. There are also oy nutrition bars, edamame in both fresh and frozen forms, soy yogurt, soy pudding, soy cheeses, tempeh (fermented soybean patties or cakes), miso, soy sauces and tamari, soynut butter, roasted soynuts (plain and flavored), soy mayonnaise, soy chips and snacks, soy-based hot dogs, frozen soy-based desserts of various kinds, soy-based whipped topping, soy creamers, soy protein powders and ready-t0-drink soy protein shake and beverages. There is some sort of soy product out there to please everyone. And, because it’s National Soyfoods Month, finding soyfoods at affordable prices is easier than ever, since stores are putting them on special sale, giving out coupons and running promotions and demos across the country. It’s a good time to stock up on soyfoods, or try some new ones!
What’s to gain by eating soy products? Here are a few nutrition facts about soyfoods:
- Soy is a complete, plant-based protein, and therefore has no cholesterol. It’s also lower in saturated fat than meat proteins, and has fiber that meat doesn’t have.
- Soyfoods are a good source of iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, magnesium and zinc.
- The FDA-approved a health claim for soy protein, stating that 25 grams a day of soy protein, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff), which is good for heart health.
- Swapping soy products for meat in recipes is an easy way to help decrease the calories, saturated fat and cholesterol in the foods you like to cook.
- There’s a lot of ongoing research into the potential health benefits of consuming soyfoods, especially in the areas of bone loss prevention in post-menopausal women, blood pressure and blood sugar control, and the prevention of some types of cancer.
The Soyfoods Association of North America has offered to provide Tofu Xpress presses to 5 lucky Appetite for Health readers (a $39 value). To enter, you’ll need to “Like” the Soyfoods Association on Facebook, AND “Like” AFH on Facebook, then leave us a message in the comments section below, telling us what your favorite soyfood is. That’s it—soy easy! (Ok, I lied when I said I wouldn’t do that again…it’s soy irresistible.) Enter now! This giveaway will come and go quickly!