n Oilseeds Focus - Legumes and soya beans : overview of their nutritional profiles and health effects - quality & nutrition

Volume 5 Number 4
  • ISSN : 2410-1206


Legumes play an important role in the traditional diets of many regions throughout the world. However, beans tend to play only a minor dietary role in Western countries, even though they are low in fat and are considered excellent sources of protein, dietary fibre, and a variety of micronutrients and phytochemicals. Soya beans are unique among the legumes because they are a concentrated source of isoflavones, a group of phytochemicals. Isoflavones have weak oestrogenic properties and the isoflavone genistein influences signal transduction. Soya food and isoflavones have received considerable attention for their potential role in preventing and treating cancer and osteoporosis.

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