December 1, 2009

Fooled you!

Black beans you say? Fooled you! YJDKIY just didn't know these even existed, but is happy to have discovered:

These are much heartier than black beans - the same protein and low carb benefits of edamame, but slightly nuttier and mushier, perfect for replacing black beans. Plus, these are organic and don't have all that gross saucy salty seasoning stuff that a lot of canned black beans have (whether they are labeled as such or not!). Some interesting facts from my google search.

  • The English word "soy" is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of 醤油 (しょうゆ, shōyu), the Japanese word for Soya sauce; soya comes from the Dutch adaptation of the same word.
  • For human consumption, soybeans must be cooked with "wet" heat in order to destroy the trypsin inhibitors (serine protease inhibitors). It is not advisable to eat raw soybeans.
  • Soybeans are considered by many agencies to be a source of complete protein. Soybean protein isolate has a biological value of 74, whole soybeans 96, soybean milk 91, and eggs 97.
  • The first research on soybeans in the United States was conducted by George Washington Carver at Tuskegee, Alabama, but he decided it was too exotic a crop for the poor black farmers of the South so he turned his attention to peanuts.
  • In 1932-33 the Ford Motor Company spent approximately $1,250,000 on soybean research. By 1935 every Ford car had soy involved in its manufacture.
  • In 1997, about 8% of all soybeans cultivated for the commercial market in the United States were genetically modified. In 2006, the figure was 89%.
  • The dramatic increase in soyfood sales is largely credited to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of soy as an official cholesterol-lowering food, along with other heart and health benefits.
  • In 2008, an epidemiological study of 719 Indonesian elderly found that tofu intake was associated with worse memory, but tempeh (a fermented soy product) intake was associated with better memory.
  • A 2006 commentary reviewed the relationship with soy and breast cancer. They stated that soy may prevent breast cancer, but cautioned that the impact of isoflavones on breast tissue needs to be evaluated at the cellular level in women at high risk for breast cancer.[57] A high consumption of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are found in most types of vegetable oil including soybean oil, may increase the likelihood that postmenopausal women will develop breast cancer.
  • Because of the phytoestrogen content, some studies have suggested that there is an inverse correlation between soybean ingestion and testosterone in men.[60] For this reason, they may protect against the development of prostate cancer.
  • Raw soy flour is known to cause pancreatic cancer in rats.
  • Soybean futures are traded on the Chicago Board of Trade and have delivery dates in January (F), March (H), May (K), July (N), August (Q), September (U), November (X).

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