Today, October 12, is "Soymilk Day" in Japan


Today, October 12, was designated as Soymilk Day by the Japan Soymilk Association because of the similarity in pronunciation of the Japanese words "to" for 10, "ni" for 2, and "to-new" for Soymilk.

Because of the similarity in pronunciation, the Japan Soymilk Association has designated this day as Soymilk Day.



What is Soymilk?

Soymilk is made from soybeans. 
Soy milk is made from soybeans and is a milky liquid that has not yet been hardened into tofu.
Soybeans are mashed and the liquid is squeezed out and separated into juice and "dregs. The juice is soy milk and the dregs are okara (bean curd).

Therefore, soy milk contains very little dietary fiber, but it is considered to be in a state where it is easily absorbed.


What are the benefits of soy milk?

・ Soybean protein is an ally in improving blood flow and weight loss

The first thing to focus on is still the vegetable soy protein.
Soy protein takes longer to absorb and break down in the body, making it easier to feel full, so soy milk, which is rich in soy protein, is a strong ally of dieters as a snack prevention.
In addition, soy protein is said to help improve blood flow throughout the body by lowering serum cholesterol and inhibiting platelet aggregation.

・ Isoflavones, a female ally and beauty boon

Soybean isoflavone is a type of polyphenol found in the embryo buds of soybeans and has a structure similar to that of female hormones (estrogen).
Breast cancer is thought to be one of the causes of estrogen overproduction.
Soy isoflavones are expected to be effective in preventing hormone-dependent cancers such as breast cancer because they work to compensate for the lack of estrogen and reduce it when there is too much.

In addition, after menopause, women are more susceptible to osteoporosis due to the lack of estrogen, a female hormone that used to help strengthen bones, making it difficult for calcium to be delivered to bones.
 Isoflavone's function as an alternative hormone can help prevent osteoporosis.

Isoflavones also supplement the function of estrogen, which regulates skin tone and supports youthful skin. Isoflavones increase collagen, which maintains skin elasticity and firmness, and they also increase cell metabolism and promote skin renewal, thereby improving moisture retention.

In addition, the saponins and vitamin E contained in soybeans have antioxidant properties and keep skin and hair beautiful.



Soy Milk Situation in Japan
Japanese supermarkets
Soybeanmilk sales area

There are many types of soy milk available in Japanese supermarkets.

They range from simple unadjusted soy milk, which contains no ingredients other than soybeans and water, to sweetened soy milk with banana, coffee, or other ingredients that make it easier to drink.

However, too much soy milk is also considered bad, and according to the Food Safety Commission of Japan's Cabinet Office, the recommended daily dosage of soy milk is about one and a half cups.


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