Soya’s nutritional value is high. It is a plant source of eight of the essential amino acids, making it the only complete non-animal protein. Whole soya foods are also an excellent source of fibre, vitamins, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Soybeans contain hormone-like substances called phytoestrogens that mimic the action of the hormone oestrogen. The health benefits of soya for menopausal women could include fewer hot flushes, protection from coronary heart disease (CHD) and lowered risk of osteoporosis. Soya is a high-quality protein. It is one of only two known plant foods (the other is amaranth seed) to contain all the essential amino acids, similar to those found in meat.