Production of soyabean in India is one of the largest productions and dominated by Maharashtra and Madhya Predesh. It is commonly known as Meat of vegetarians.


By the process of extrusion cooking, it defatted soya which helps in the preparation. During the process the protein in the flour go through structural changes and shape a fibre like structure. The texturized product, when soaked in water, absorbs the same and develops like a meat and chewing characteristics and hence the nuggets are called vegetarian meat. Soyabean helps to make both soya chunks and soya granules.  For vegetarian’s soya is the best plant-based protein which helps to meet all nutritional needs.

Soya can be used in many ways of cooking like:

  1. Soya chunk curry
  2. Soyabean fry
  3. Soya salad
  4. Soya Roti or Chapati
  5. Soya poha



  • Helps in healthy weight loss and weight gain.
  • Helps to defend against colon cancer.
  • Helps to reduce the effects of menopause.
  • Helps to improve the metabolism.
  • Soy helps to improve digestion.
  • Helps to increase blood circulation.
  • Helps to promote bone health.
  • Helps to decrease risk of diabetes.





Soyabeans are good source of proteins they are loaded with all the essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Body needs protein for various metabolic function, immune function, cell repair, and muscle growth. Protein is the macronutrient which is needed by the body in large amount. Serving of 100 gm of soya chunks provide 55g of protein it is more than the 100gm serving of meat or egg.



Calories in soyabean mainly come from protein and carbohydrates. Soya chunks have very small amount of fat in it. 100 gm serving of soya chunks have 340 kcal which is 17% of total intake based on 2000 kcal diet.





Soya chunks contain high amount of carbohydrate but meat is almost carbohydrate free this is because soya chunks are derived from soy beans. Soy beans are high in carbohydrate. For the body, carbohydrates are the primary source of energy and daily recommended amount of carbohydrate is 130gm.



With the help of iron oxygen is transported into the body, this is an electrolyte mineral. Iron deficiency in the body can affect immune system, lead to weak immunity, fatigue, and physical weakness. Soya chunks contain high level of iron. 100 gm of soya chunks contains almost 10mg of iron. Average adult contains almost 8mg of per day. Women age between 19 to 50 mg of iron per day.



Calcium helps to strengthen bones and teeth also plays important role in muscle contraction. Calcium is a mineral that contains over 300 mg of calcium on 100 gm of soya chunks servings. Daily recommended amount for an adult is 1000 mg. But for women above 50 and men above 70 should have 1200 mg of calcium per day.


Soya is loaded with so many health benefits one should eat soya in his or her diet at least 2 to 3 times in a week.

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