They call it " Sunny Soybeans "

That is the name soybeans received in countries where soybeans are used for thousands of years and is a part of an everyday menu.
History of soybeans is as old over 4000 years, over 2000 years before birth of Christ. Chinese cultivators are said to recognize the real health value of this great yellow jewel. Chinese Emperor Shen-nong declared it as one of the five sacred crops. He compiled earliest known medical treatise, which is translated as The Medical Bible of Yellow Emperor. He researched the healing properties of over 100 plants and considered the soybean as most significant. It has been an important food ingredient of China, Manchuria, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Tibet and Egypt over centuries. Though it originated from Southwest Asia, now it is grown all over the world. It is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and US among health and diet conscious people.
In India Madhya Pradesh tops the list of soybean producing states. Nearly 88 % of soybean is produced in the state. During 1997-98 total soybean production in the state was 49.19 metric tones which was about 84.2 % of the total produce but since then the production has gone up because of the more agriculture area coverage.

Today soybeans play a very important part of our life. It is recommended by doctors to prevent the growth of some cancer cells and suppress the growth of existing once. As a part of your every day diet, it will help to lower your cholesterol. It is recommended by dietitians to help people that suffer from obesity or diabetes to loose weight and lower their sugar levels.

Thus soybeans not only provides protein rich balanced food for various category of people of various age groups but also the safe, healthy, nutritive food as an alternative to number of food material Bauer Comfort with its accumulated experience, technical expertise provides best varieties of the ingredients of national and international standard.
Soybeans are packed with important nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and many B-complex vitamins. Eat a half cup of boiled soybeans and you have consumed almost half (about 44 percent) the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of iron. You will also receive a significant amount of calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and vitamin B6 are also present in amounts significant enough to consider soyabeans a good source these B-complex vitamins. (Soya does not contain vitamin B-12, however, so vegetarians must obtain that nutrient from another source.)

It is also important to look at other chemical substances found in soybeans, many of which are believed to have a significant role in preventing cancer or retarding its growth. Many of these substances are considered antioxidants, which as you may know, neutralize the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are potentially harmful molecules produced in the cells; while there are various types of free radicals, all have the ability to damage cells and impairs immunity. Nutrients such as vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene are important antioxidants, but other substances found in a variety of foods also have antioxidant properties. Soya contains so many of these valuable anti-cancer substances that this plant has become the subject of many cancer prevention studies.
The group of chemicals listed below belongs to a family of substances collectively referred to as phytochemicals. The prefix phyto is used to indicate that the chemical is found in plants. These chemicals are not nutrients in the strict sense of the word, yet in many cases, they prove beneficial for humans in preventing or healing common conditions or diseases. Consider, for example, that the bark and leaves of the white willow tree contain a chemical called salicylic acid. We know this substance as aspirin, the common remedy for pain. (Aspirin may also play a role in preventing heart attacks, so its place in medical practice is changing.)

Protease inhibitors:
These chemicals block the work of an enzyme involved in protein digestion. On the face of it, it would appear that this is a negative property of soyabeans (and many other foods, particularly rice, potatoes, and some beans). In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture once used a process to remove this chemical from soyabeans, believing it was better for growing children to consume soy products free of protease inhibitors.
However, other research has found that protease inhibitors actually interfere with the damaging activity of much cancer causing agents. So, rather than representing a risk, protease inhibitors are potentially important in unraveling the mystery surrounding the way cancer develops in the body. I will discuss this issue more fully in a later chapter that deals specifically with soy and cancer prevention and treatment.
Flavonoids :
This group of chemicals is largely responsible for the yellow, red, or deep blue color in fruits and flowers. Bioflavonoids are found in citrus fruits and interest in them increased when Nobel Prize winner, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, demonstrated that the Bioflavonoids in citrus fruits act like a vitamin in the body. Szent-Gyorgyi's research led to further investigation and Flavonoids have been discovered in numerous foods, including soyabeans. They are also found in various vegetable families, cereal grains, green tea, and some herbs. Flavonoids are thought to have significant anti-cancer properties and act to inhibit enzymes that stimulate cancer growth in its early stages.

Isoflavones :
These chemicals are related to one of the 15 classes of Flavonoids, and are phytoalexins, chemicals a plant produces to protect itself under stressful conditions. Isoflavones are particularly important in our discussion of cancer because they are phytoestrogens, meaning that they contain the hormone estrogen and are involved in estrogen metabolism. (Again, the prefix phyto indicates that these estrogens occur in plants.) The story is more complex, however, because it appears that isoflavones actually negate harmful effects of estrogen and may therefore play a role in preventing breast cancer--and other cancers as well. According to some experts, Soya is the single most important source of phytoestrogens, making it potentially one of the premier foods involved in preventing some forms of cancer. Genistein and diadzein are two important phytoestrogens found in soyabeans.

Polyphenols :
These compounds are also anti-cancer chemicals found in numerous plants, including soyabeans. They act as a form of chemical garbage collectors as they go about neutralizing cancer-causing agents in the body. It is believed that these substances interfere with other chemicals that promote tumor growth. Therefore, they play a valuable role in suppressing the growth of cancerous cells in the body.

Terpenes :
Found in plant oils and resins, this class of antioxidant interrupts cancer cell formation, thereby helping to negate the harmful effects of cancer-causing substances.

Saponins :
Saponins have antioxidant properties, and further investigation is needed to determine their specific role in preventing cancer, specifically colon cancer. These chemicals may also play a part in controlling cholesterol levels by interfering with its absorption.
Phytosterols :

Found only in plants, phytosterols resemble cholesterol, but these chemicals may help prevent heart disease rather than contributing to it. Phytosterols are not absorbed in the intestines and instead move to the colon, which may account for their potential role in protecting against colon cancer

Phytate :
The important mineral phosphorus is stored in the body as phytate. Like protease inhibitors, phytate was thought to be harmful in that it binds with other minerals, such as iron, and prevents their absorption in the intestines. However, the characteristic that was once thought to be harmful may instead be what gives it its ability to protect against colon cancer. When phytate binds with iron, free radical formation is inhibited. In this situation, phytate is acting as an antioxidant substance. So, rather than being detrimental because it inhibits iron absorption, phytate may act to keep iron at a safe level in the body. Phytate may also enhance the immune system and have a role controlling cell growth (note).
With the exception of isoflavones, many varieties of plant foods contain these phytochemicals in varying amounts. Populations, including Seventh Day Adventists in North America, who eat a plant-based diet, have far lower incidence of heart disease and many cancers. It is the isoflavone content of Soya makes it unique among the staple plant foods consumed by a majority of the world's populations. Soyabeans offer high-quality protein and an array of protective phytochemicals, and in addition, they are versatile, as shown by the wide variety of foods produced from them.

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