Soya packs a healthy punch
THE soya bean may be tiny in size, but it sure packs a mean punch in the health department.
One of ancient China's five sacred crops - along with rice, wheat, barley and millet - soya bean is famous for its plentiful and well-documented benefits.
The nutrition powerhouse is packed with essential amino acids, and is known to be rich in vitamins and minerals like iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins and Omega-3.
The humble soya bean can also help you on your way to a healthier heart. Research has shown that it can lower overall cholesterol levels and aid in weight loss.
Some studies have also found that the consumption of soya is linked to a lower risk of certain cancers, including breast, prostate and uterine cancer.
For vegetarians and vegans, soya in the form of tofu has long been regarded as a tasty meat substitute.
But one of the more popular ways to get your fill of soya is by drinking soya milk.
Those who are lactose-intolerant can use it as a milk replacement at breakfast, for example, but, really, the tasty beverage and its nutritional benefits can be enjoyed by all.
Mention soya milk, and F&N's trusted NutriSoy range comes to mind.
Cholesterol- and preservative-free, and high in calcium, the range comes in flavours like almond and plain.
Made from all-natural soya beans, it has been awarded the Healthier Choice Symbol by the Health Promotion Board, and is recognised by the Singapore Heart Foundation as a heart-healthy drink.
As if the health-conscious needed any more reason to pick up a carton, F&N NutriSoy recently introduced two new variants, namely Reduced Sugar with Omega and No Sugar Added with Omega.
Omega-3 is a fatty acid necessary for good health that can be found in many types of fish, and some nuts and vegetables. It lowers the level of fat found in the blood, and can aid in concentration and boost memory power. Some studies have also suggested that these fatty acids may help lower high blood pressure.
Do we need to give you another reason to drink up? Cheers.
F&N NutriSoy is available at all leading supermarkets and hypermarkets for $2.15 per carton. Visit www.nutrisoy.com.sg