Soya foods, supplements, recipes
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Soya foods: textured vegetable protein
Soya foods: tofu, VegeMince, soya drinks & more
Recipe: Mexican chilli casserole
Where to buy soya products online
In the USA, you can buy online soy foods and products, including Textured Soy Protein like TVP, Bac-Uns Bacon-less Soy Bits, soy powder, Tac Os Meatless Taco, Simply Soy Veggie Burger Mix, soy nuts, Advanced Soy Pro, Fermented Soy Essence, Iso-Rich Soy, Opti-Soy, Ultra XT Natural Protein Powder, Ultra XT Protein Shake, from
Kalyx.com Herbs & Foods
In the UK, you can buy soya products directly via the internet from Tesco online. You can find them quickly by typing their names, like 'soya products' or 'soya mince' or 'soya chunks', in its search box. You have to register first, but it'll take only a few seconds.
Here is the link:
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Soya (or soy) is an excellent plant for vegetarians (and indeed for the whole human species) for its extremely high protein content.
Soya is a pulse, belonging to the same plant family of beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas, which are very rich protein sources, due to their so-called nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
But whereas the other pulses have about 20% protein content, soya has about double that amount: 40 %.
Proteins are among the most essential components of human nutrition, the so-called building blocks of our bodies. Our bodies are made of them.
Proteins are large molecules, or macromolecules, composed of several amino acids. When an amino acid cannot be produced by the metabolism of the body but has to be present in the diet, it is called essential amino acid. Each animal species has different types of essential amino acids. For example, taurine is an amino acid which is essential for cats but not for humans. In the human species, of the 20 amino acids found in the body, nine are essential because they are only available through your diet (the other 11 can be made by the body).
Like animal protein sources, soy protein is a “complete protein”, which means it contains all 9 essential amino acids in the right balance to meet your body’s needs.
Soy protein is the only plant protein that is complete. This makes it a great substitute for many meats, allowing you to eliminate more saturated fat and cholesterol from your diet. And, you don’t have to worry about genetic modifications because Revival Soy is made from genetically-pure soybeans (i.e. non-genetically modified or “non-GMO”).
While soybeans have much to offer from a protein perspective, it is because they contain so many nutrients, such as isoflavones, that they are now the center of so much attention. Isoflavones are one of many naturally-occurring plant compounds known as “phytonutrients”. In combination with soy protein, these phytonutrients are thought to play a critical role in the health benefits of consuming soy.†
Isoflavones can be found in varying amounts in legumes, such as chick peas and lentils. But, without a doubt, soybeans contain the highest natural concentration of isoflavones. Soy contains three types of isoflavones: Daidzein, Genistein and Glycitein. Each is found in different amounts in the soybean and each has different properties.
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Soya protein supplements
Soy protein is a natural, effective relief of menopause symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats.
Revival Soy protein is doctor-formulated soy protein, and is the soy protein supplement that is recommended by doctors more than any other soy supplement.
It is a great source of energy and supports heart, bone, breast and prostate health.
Revival Soy are delicious soy protein bars, shakes, nuts and pastas that can be a good and useful addition to any diet plan, including the popular low-carb diets. Revival reduces feelings of hunger and increases energy levels.
These naturally-concentrated soy protein bars and shakes provide 16-20g of soy protein and 160mg of soy isoflavones - the same amount of isoflavones found in 6 cups of a typical soy milk.
Revival Soy also offers baked pasta soy chips, high protein soy pasta, soy nuts, and soy coffee.
Its website offers lots of free information on diet, health, exercise and losing weight, backed by medical research and clinical studies.
Revival provides good customer service and fast, same day shipping.
Here's the link:
Revival Soy - The #1 Doctor-Recommended Soy Protein Supplement
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Soya foods, TVP, textured vegetable protein
There are many types of soya (or soy) foods.
TVP, also called dried soya mince or chunks
is very good for fiber.
It is made from the remaining soya flour once the oil has been extracted. Very low in fat and a good source of fibre, it comes as dried chunks, mince or flakes, to which you add water before using in a recipe.
The main food elements are protein, carbohydrates and very little fat. Unflavored textured soy protein is essentially fat-free, since it is defatted during the manufacturing process. The fat content in flavored textured soy proteins varies. Textured soy protein is a complete protein, containing the essential amino acids. It also is high in isoflavones, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol and cancer rates.
TVP, which stands for textured vegetable protein, was one of the first meat analogue products to emerge over 30 years ago. Often called dried soya mince, it is a by-product of the soya oil industry, made from the remaining soya flour once the oil has been extracted. Very low in fat and a good source of fibre, it comes as dried chunks, mince or flakes, to which you add water before using it in a recipe. There's no flavour to it, but its sponge-like texture means it marinates and absorbs flavours well in cooking. It has a realistic meat-like texture, especially in traditional mince dishes such as lasagne and spaghetti Bolognese.
You can buy soya products in the UK directly via the internet from Tesco online. You can find them quickly by typing their names, like 'soya products' or 'soya mince' or 'soya chunks', in its search box. You have to register first, but it'll take only a few seconds.
Here is the link:
Frequently Asked Questions About Textured Soy Protein & Concentrates
What is it? Textured soy protein is a food product made from soybeans. It is produced from soy flour after the soybean oil has been extracted, then cooked under pressure, extruded, and dried.
What's in it? The main ingredient is soy flour. Our unflavored textured soy protein products have absolutely no added coloring, flavoring, or preservatives. The Response flakes have vitamins added (see the package labels for a listing). The flavored products are 100% vegetarian--no flavorings from animal products. The main food elements are protein, carbohydrates and very little fat. Unflavored textured soy protein is essentially fat-free, since it is defatted during the manufacturing process. The fat content in flavored textured soy proteins varies.
Textured soy protein is a complete protein, containing the essential amino acids. It also is high in isoflavones, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol and cancer rates.
How long will it keep?
Unflavored textured soy proteins will store indefinitely, if they are stored in a dry, air-tight container.
Flavored textured soy proteins will store for up to one year in a dry, air-tight container.
Once rehydrated, textured soy protein must be stored in refrigerator or freezer.
How much does it make?
- A 1 lb. bag will make about 12 servings, equal to 3 lbs. of ground beef.
- 1 dry cup of textured soy protein granules is equivalent to 3/4 pound after rehydrating.
How do I prepare it?
- 1 dry cup of textured soy protein is reconstituted with 1 cup of boiling liquid. (Let it stand for 10 minutes.)
- Simmer Chiken Brests and Chiken Tenders for 30-40 minutes.
- Unflavored textured soy protein takes on the flavors of whatever is used to season it.
- Harvest Direct Broths are great for flavoring textured soy proteins.
Where can I find recipes?
We carry four cookbooks that have recipes:
The TVP Cookbook
I Can't Believe It's Not Meat
My Favorite TVP¨ Recipes
The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook
Linda McCartney's Home Cooking
Nutritional Information (also see specific information on individual products)
Approximate values per 25 g dry textured soy (Actual values will vary by a few percent between unflavored and flavored varieties and between textured soy proteins and textured concentrates.) This amount counts as 1 point on the Weight Watchers Program.
For 1/4 cup granules, 3/8 cup unflavored slices, heaping 1/4 cup beef-flavored chunks or slices:
13 g protein
1/4 g fat
4 1/2 g fiber
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Soya foods, tofu, VegeMince, soya drinks, cheeses
Another popular mince-style ingredient is Realeat VegeMince, made from a combination of rehdyrated wheat and soya protein. This one comes frozen and is already precooked with other flavouring ingredients, so you can add it to your recipe directly from the freezer. VegeMince takes up its own weight of water or stock when cooked and has a surprisingly meaty taste and texture. Another good source of protein, it's also suitable for vegans. Also in the range are VegeSteak and VegeBacon.
This isn't really a meat equivalent because it in no way resembles meat in taste or texture. But it is widely used instead of meat in dishes such as stir-fries and deserves a mention for its nutritional value - it's high in protein and is a good source of calcium, iron and vitamins B1, B2 and B3. Sometimes called soya cheese, tofu is actually soya bean curd made from coagulated soya milk, which has been pressed. Its texture depends on how much liquid has been removed. There are two types:
• Chilled silken tofu, which is creamy and soft and often used in dips, sauces and sweet recipes.
• Firmer tofu, which comes plain, smoked or marinated. This can be diced or chopped and fried, added to casseroles and salad recipes. It is perhaps best added to stir-fries: if possible, marinate cubes of tofu first before adding to your wok.
SOYA PARMESAN CHEESE
A lactose-free cheese alternative is hard to find. This parmesan cheese alternative is low in fat and calories and is casein-free and cholesterol-free. Garlic-Herb Topping is lactose-free (contains casein).
Another animal product replacer is WHOLE ORGANIC FLAXSEED.
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Get essential Omega 3 fatty acids with this natural egg replacer
Flaxseed is the best vegetarian source of omega 3 fatty acids that protect against heart disease, cancer, skin and intestinal problems, and sore joints and are usually destroyed in processed foods. Grind whole flaxseed in your blender or coffee grinder and add to cereal, baked goods, and shakes.
See Flax: The Super Food! for all sorts of recipes using ground flaxseed; Soups On! for tips on using ground flaxseed to make fabulous egg-free muffins; or mix with zesty spices or sugar and cinnamon for a tasty topping (from Joanne Stepaniak, author of The Uncheese Cookbook).
The 1997 Commission E on Phytotherapy and Herbal Substances of the German Federal Institute for Drugs recommends Flaxseed for ''Internal: Chronic constipation, for colons damaged by abuse of laxatives, irritable colon, diverticulitis, as mucilage for gastritis and enteritis. External: As cataplasm for local inflammation.''
Mexican chilli casserole
Ingredients for 4:
Italian extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 large onion, finely diced
1 red pepper, finely diced
100 g. (4 oz)
cut green beans
1 teaspoon red or green
crushed chilli pepper
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon mixed herbs
1 teaspoon balsamic or wine vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 cans of chopped tomatoes
250 g of
dried soya chunks
350 g (12 oz)
brown or wild rice
This makes a delicious main course.
1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a moderate heat. Fry the garlic in the oil for 20 seconds stirring constantly, until it starts turning a light brown.
2. Add the basil and mixed herbs, then the onion. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring to avoid sticking, until the onion is transparent.
3. Add the pepper, green beans, chilli, vinegar, sugar, and soya chunks. Cook for a few minutes, stirring costantly.
4. Add the tomato cans, still stirring. Simmer over a gentle heat for 20 minutes. If the mixture becomes too dry, add more water. A few minutes before it's cooked, add salt.
5. Serve with boiled rice.
The above links are for US-based online health food retailers. If you're based in the UK, you can get the ingredients, like chilli peppers and soya products, from
You can buy soya products in the UK directly via the internet from Tesco online. You can find them quickly by typing their names in its search box. You have to register first, but it'll take only a few seconds.
Tesco has an excellent record for vegetarian products, and on its website you'll find lots of useful information, under the section Healthy Living, such as guidelines for a healthy diet, healthy body, healthy mind, key nutrients for vegetarians, common questions, diet tips, and so on.
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