The Wonderful World Of Roasted Soybeans
While soybeans are extremely nutritious, both for humans and for livestock, roasted soybeans take on a whole new dimension. We've become acquainted with soy sauce, soy milk, soy meal, and a number of other soy products, some of which are quite delicious. There's something about roasted soybeans, often referred to as soy nuts, that when prepared with a little salt or chili pepper makes a snack that's hard to stop eating.
Nutrients - The wonderful thing about eating roasted soybeans is, unlike many snacks, this one is very healthy. Soybeans are one of the very richest sources of vegetable protein, and are therefore an extremely valuable addition to a vegetarian's diet. They make a healthy snack for those with heart or circulatory conditions, as the roasted nuts are a rich source of fatty acids and can help lower cholesterol levels. Roasting soybeans does not detract from their nutrient value. They are an excellent source of fiber, as well as a source of iron, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, and potassium. They don't stop there. In roasted soybeans as well as raw soybeans you're provided with a rich source of zinc, copper, and manganese, plus a trace of selenium (we need selenium, but only a trace). As far as vitamins are concerned, you'll get plenty of vitamin C, plus several of the B-complex vitamins, especially niacin, as well as vitamins A and E.
Better Than Pills - If you're tired of supplements, which aren't usually all that exciting as a snack, a small bowl of roasted soybeans will probably give you all of the extra vitamins and minerals your body needs, and you don't really have to eat a bowl full of them each and every day. Roasted soybeans can be added to salads, and even put in soups. They go great with various other food items if you're putting together a bag of trail mix.
One of the nice things about soybeans, roasted or not, is that they do not have a history of causing allergic reactions, and if they do, which is rather rare, the reaction is usually much less than those some experienced from eating peanuts or shellfish.
By eating soybeans one won't cure or prevent cancer, but soybeans are rich in isoflavones, which many experts believe are useful in cancer prevention. Of course no one really knows how many soybeans one would have to eat to make a difference as far as preventing cancer is concerned, but one thing is for certain, eating soybeans will make you more healthy, and not less. Where soybeans really seem to shine is in the area of cholesterol reduction. As far as roasted soybeans are concerned, this benefit could be mitigated if the wrong oils are used in the roasting process. There are recipes which call for deep frying the soybeans, which may or may not be particularly healthy, but placing soybeans coated with vegetable oil on a cookie sheet, lightly salting them, and then roasting them is probably not going to hurt the cholesterol lowering properties any.
Do It Yourself - One can purchase roasted soybeans, but it is very easy make them yourself, whether they are simply roasted in the oven, roasted in a skillet, roasted with salt added, or roasted with other ingredients such as garlic salt, union salt, or chili pepper. There are countless variations possible. Soybeans need to be soaked in water before than can be roasted, and usually need to soak for several hours. Otherwise the roasted nuts will merely be hard, instead of crunchy. As far as the roasting itself is concerned, a batch of nuts will usually take about 20 minutes to prepare. One simply needs to keep a watch out so they turn out nice and brown and are not scorched.