Soy Products


Soybeans are a complete protein, meaning they have all the essential amino acids present. They are also high in fiber, high in iron, they have a moderate amount of complex carbs and they are low in saturated fat. Soy products are derived from soy beans and they have many practical applications.


People who are vegetarians or vegans, choose not to eat animals and products that derive from them. To avoid nutritional deficiencies, they add soy products into their daily diets. Soy products are also pivotal for people who have allergies to other foods and are in need of an alternative.

Dairy Products

Dairy products are high in calcium and protein, they have a moderate amount of carbs and they also range from fat-free to whole-fat versions. People who are lactose intolerant cannot properly digest lactose, which is a milk sugar. Soy products are then used as replacements. Soy milk comes in regular, chocolate and vanilla and it is fortified with calcium and vitamin D to make it equivalent to regular milk. Soy yogurt comes in all the same flavors as regular yogurt, except it lacks lactose. Soy cheese is also available and it comes in shredded, sliced and block form. If you have a sweet tooth, you can get soy ice cream that is lower in fat and higher in fiber than regular ice cream.

Meat Substitutes

Tofu is a white, gelatinous substance that is packaged in a sealed plastic container. It is used as a meat alternative to make stir fries, lasagna and quiche, and it is used in multiple desserts such as pudding, pies and cakes. Soy beans are also manufactured into soy protein isolate and made into products like lunch meat, hot dogs, burgers, sausage patties, bacon and ground beef. Unlike regular meat, these alternatives are high in fiber.


Soy nuts are roasted soybeans. By themselves, they are salted or have honey added to them and they are used as a healthy snack food. Soy nut butter is also created from roasted soy nuts. This comes in regular, honey roasted, low-fat and chocolate varieties. People who have peanut allergies and still want the satisfaction of peanut products often use this substitute.


High cholesterol is a condition that can cause your arteries to become clogged with plaque. The end result of this can be fatal, if not treated. According to the U.S. Food andl Drug Administration (FDA), 25g of soy protein a day can help lower the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels.


If you have never had soy products before and you want to start using them, be aware that they are not like the real thing. Although they can offer you similar nutritional content, it might take you some time to adapt to the flavor and texture. But as with anything else, you can get used to it and learn to love soy products with continual use. You should also remember they still contain calories that can add up if you eat them in copious amounts.

About this Author

Kevin Rail has worked in the fitness industry since 2001 and has been writing since 2004. He has professional experience as a certified personal trainer, wellness coach, motivational engineer and freelance fitness writer. He currently writes a monthly column for Ron Jones High-Performance Health. Rail has a bachelor’s degree in sports management: fitness and wellness from Calif