Soy meat is a defatted soy flour product, it is a meat analogue – a meat-like substance made from plants. Soy is a nutrient-dense source of protein that can safely be consumed several times a week, and is likely to provide health benefits—especially when eaten as an alternative to red and processed meat.
Soy protein is considered a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot make which must be obtained from the diet. It is quick to cook, with a protein content comparable to certain meats.
Soy meat is an excellent source of several B vitamins.
B vitamins play a vital role in maintaining good health and well-being. As the building blocks of a healthy body, B vitamins have a direct impact on your energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism.
All B vitamins help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B-complex vitamins, also help the body metabolize fats and protein. B complex vitamins are necessary for a healthy liver, skin, hair, and eyes. They also help the nervous system function properly.
All B vitamins are water soluble, meaning the body does not store them.
In a 100-gram (3 1⁄2-ounce) reference amount of soy meat, content of B vitamins:
61% Thiamine, also known as thiamin or vitamin B1–
Thiamine helps to turn food into energy to keep the nervous system healthy. Your body is not able to make thiamine for itself. However, you can usually get all you need from your food.
21% Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2 –
In addition to producing energy for the body, riboflavin works as an antioxidant, fighting damaging particles in the body known as free radicals. Riboflavin is also needed to help the body change vitamin B6 and folate into forms it can use. It is also important for growth and red blood cell production.
Most healthy people who eat a well-balanced diet get enough riboflavin. However, elderly people and alcoholics may be at risk for riboflavin deficiency because of poor diet.
17% Niacin, also known as nicotinic acid, is an organic compound and a form of vitamin B3 –
Niacin is an important nutrient, every part of our body needs it to function properly.
As a supplement, niacin may help lower cholesterol, ease arthritis and boost brain function, among other benefits.
44% Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine –
Helps the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food, helps the body form haemoglobin – the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body
76% Folate, also known as vitamin B9 and folacin –
Folic acid is crucial for proper brain function and plays an important role in mental and emotional health. It aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body’s genetic material, and is especially important when cells and tissues are growing rapidly, such as in infancy, adolescence, and pregnancy. Folic acid also works closely with vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells and help iron work properly in the body.
Vitamin B9 works with vitamins B6 and B12 and other nutrients to control blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine are associated with heart disease,
It is fairly common to have low levels of folic acid. Alcoholism, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and celiac disease can cause folic acid deficiency. Also, certain medications may lower levels of folic acid in the body.
(Sources of Information: healthline.com, Wikipedia, mountsinai.org, nhs.uk & hsph.harvard.edu)
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