Protein powerhouse soya: Nutritional benefits and potential risks

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Whether in their natural form or processed into tofu or milk, soya beans have become an integral part of vegetarian and vegan diets. Growing numbers of soya-based meat and milk alternatives have popped up in supermarkets in recent years. A member of the legume family, soya beans are known for their high-protein content: about 40% in dried beans and about 11% in ready-to-eat soya products, according to Germany’s Federal Centre for Nutrition (BZfE). For a balanced diet lacking animal protein, they’re an excellent protein provider, says Stefan Kabisch, a research physician at Charité University H…

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