Soyfoods Make It Easy to Eat More Legumes

Mark Messina, Ph.D.

Mark Messina, Ph.D.

Soy Nutrition Institute Global

The United Nations declared 2016 to be the International Year of the Pulses, placing a focus on the role of these foods in healthy diets and sustainable food production.

Pulses are part of the legume family, which includes dried beans, peanuts, and soyfoods. They are important in diets throughout the world and represent an especially easy way to eat more plant proteins. According to a 2017 survey, 40 percent of U.S. consumers say they are eating more beans. But it’s not clear that people actually think of Soyfoods in the same way they think of other legumes.

In fact, soybeans aren’t the same as other beans. They are much higher in both fat and protein and are classified as oilseeds rather than pulses. But just like pulses, they are packed with fiver, resistant starch, and an assortment of micronutrients. There is no disagreement among nutrition professionals that legumes are extremely nutritious.