Soy chunks also known as soy granules, dried soy chunks, nutri nuggets or soya bean badi are a byproduct of the soybean oil extraction process and are made of defatted soy flour. They are rich in protein content and are thus considered a good substitute for meat for vegetarians and vegans. It is also known as vegetarian meat. However, they are also popular among non-vegetarians because of its meat-like texture. In dried form, soya chunks have a rough texture and hence need to be soaked in hot water for 20-30 minutes before adding them to the gravy. In the upcoming sections, let us dig deeper into the benefits, nutritional facts and possible side effects of consuming soya chunks.
Benefits of soya chunks
Maintains blood sugar levels
Soybean chunks are very useful for people suffering from diabetes. They contain a compound known as isoflavones and this compound helps in improving insulin function thereby reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Also, soya chunks are very low in carbohydrates and high in protein, consumption of which helps in maintaining blood glucose levels. All these properties make soya chunks a good food for diabetics
Aids in weight loss
Soya chunks are rich in fiber and protein and thus keep you fuller for a long time. Soya chunks also have a high thermogenic effect ( it requires energy more than the metabolic rate for digestion and absorption) and thus restrict fat accumulation around the organs, resulting in weight loss.
Decreases the risk of heart disease
Soya chunks are rich in fibre, protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which help in lowering the LDL (bad cholesterol) thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.
Reduces menopausal symptoms
Women undergoing menopause go through a lot of changes and experience various symptoms such as cramps, hot flashes, night sweating, mood swings, vaginal dryness etc. Soya chunks are rich in isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen, which behave in a manner similar to estrogen in the body thereby reducing the menopausal symptoms.
Substitute for meat
Soya chunks are rich in protein and thus form a perfect substitute for people suffering from protein deficiency. One can incorporate soya chunks into the diet to complete the daily recommended dosage of protein.