This legume has numerous uses but the most specific is weight control. They are the basis of soya milk, tofu, miso, tempeh and soya protein. Soya is regarded as equal to animal foods in protein quality yet it is thought that plant proteins are processed differently to animal proteins.

One of the main issues with our Western diet is that most of our breakfasts and lunches are low in protein but high in carbohydrates, with a protein-packed evening meal. It is better to aim to spread your protein intake out throughout the day.

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