Soya - as seen in the M&S Super Soya range - is part of the legume family (peas and beans) and has been used by many Asian cultures for thousands of years. Soya is the only plant food considered to be a complete protein, i.e. one that provides all the essential amino acids our bodies need.
Soya beans are extremely versatile - they can blanched, baked or roasted whole, or used to make soya milk, tofu and soya bean oil. Consequently, soya products can be used in many different dishes.
Soya products are a great low fat source of protein, particularly for vegetarians or those cutting down on meat. Protein is one of our most important nutrients, used by our bodies in a wide variety of functions, most importantly for growth, repair and development. For more information about protein click here.
Soya beans are low in saturated fat, also known as 'bad' fats, and high in unsaturated 'good' fat providing some short chain omega 6 and omega 3 fats. For more information about these types of fat, please click here.
Soya beans also contain fibre, which is important for digestive health, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. They can even contribute to one of your recommended 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day!
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