Amidst the vibrant landscapes of Uganda, a gentle but impactful shift is reshaping the culinary landscape, touching every household's dining experience. "The secret ingredient? Soyabean. As the world awakens to the wonders of this nutritional powerhouse, Ugandans are discovering the remarkable benefits of incorporating soya-enhanced products into their daily meals. From enhancing well-being to embracing a healthier lifestyle, the journey towards improved health has never been more delectable.
The Three reasons for a healthier lifestyle according to Nantege Regina (also known as Regis) an award-winning Dietitian/ Nutritionist with 5 years of experience in improving health using diet therapy are as follows:
A cup of thick soy porridge made with 20g soy flour provides 7.6 g protein comparable to eating 1 large, boiled egg with 6g protein as whole soy flour contains 38g protein per 100g. Adequate protein intake ensures efficient cell growth and proteins make our antibodies. Proteins are made up of amino acids. Soybeans contain all essential amino acids making them a great source of protein comparable to animal proteins such as meats and dairy.
Soya meat and soya milk are great protein substitutes for meat for individuals on meat-restricted diets, for example vegetarians and individuals with gout where meat intake should be limited to a few servings per week.
Soya porridge is a quick affordable breakfast protein and should be used in boarding schools, where egg or milk is not provided daily leaving children with no protein at the breakfast meal (unfair to their growth).
Even easier you could swap a portion of your typical baking flour with baker’s soya flour from SESACO. Enjoy protein enriched with better self-life.
Lactose-intolerant people can use soy milk to substitute cow milk that naturally contains lactose. With soya milk, they still get calcium and protein as in cow milk and an added advantage of low-fat intake.
You can say goodbye to digestive discomfort. Soya milk is a naturally lactose-free choice, making it gentle on your stomach and easy to digest.
For those watching their fat intake, soya milk is a smart choice. It's typically lower in saturated fat compared to whole cow's milk.
Before making dietary changes, it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian, especially if you have specific nutritional requirements or allergies. They can provide personalized recommendations to ensure you're meeting your dietary needs while managing lactose intolerance.
When it comes to matters of the heart, soya takes center stage. Numerous studies have shown that regular consumption of soya may contribute to heart health. Its natural compounds, like isoflavones, are believed to play a role in reducing bad cholesterol levels, thereby supporting a healthy cardiovascular system. By making soya-enhanced products a part of your daily routine, you're taking a step towards a stronger, healthier heart.
Embracing soya-enhanced products isn't just about nutrition – it's about indulging in a culinary adventure. From savory snacks to wholesome meals, the versatility of soya knows no bounds. Imagine savoring delicious dishes that not only tantalize your taste buds but also contribute to your overall well-being. With soya, every bite becomes an opportunity to elevate your health.
The path to better health has never been more inviting. By incorporating soya-enhanced products into your daily meals, you're not just making a choice – you're making a commitment to a healthier, happier you. So go ahead, elevate your wellness, and embrace the wonders of soya. With every bite, you're nurturing your body, one delectable moment at a time.
Join the movement, by checking out Soy products exhibition at the Soy Food Festival by American Soybean Association happening on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September 2023 at Africana Hotel in Kampala from 9am to 5pm each day.