Don't give up on soy!
That’s the science. However, ask any expert whether a serving of soybeans or tofu are a healthier choice than a steak or even a piece of chicken, and you’ll likely hear a resounding yes.
A half-cup of green soybeans (sometimes called edamame) contains 127 calories, 6 grams of fat (the good kind), 11 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of carbohydrate. They also provide a healthy dose of vitamins, especially vitamin C and folate, and minerals. No matter what the research shows, adding soy to your diet –– or using it to replace protein sources that are high in saturated fat –– is a good thing.
Reviewed by Susan Weiner RD, MS, CDE, CDN, 03/08
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