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
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
In addition, the saponins and vitamin E
contained in soybeans have antioxidant properties and keep skin and hair
Soy Milk Situation in Japan
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.