Planning Soya into a balanced diet: Part 1

What constitutes a “balanced diet”?

The principles of eating a balanced diet are simple, and designed to assist all people in achieving healthy lifestyles with guaranteed benefits for better health.

• Consult with a Registered Dietician to even better understand and manage your daily diet, whether or not you have specific health issues.
• SOY ALLERGY: about 0.5% of the population is allergic to soy and should avoid all products containing soy. Symptoms of soy allergy are usually mild, and life-threatening reactions are extremely rare.


Daily Diet for Healthy Individuals

Use the South African Food-Based Dietary Guidelines:
1. Eat a variety of foods
2. Be active
3. Drink lots of clean safe water
4. Make starchy foods the basis of most meals
5. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit every day
6. Eat dry beans, split peas, lentils and soya regularly
7. Chicken, fish, meat, milk, soya milk or eggs can be eaten daily *
8. Eat fats sparingly
9. Use salt sparingly
10. Use food and drinks containing sugar sparingly and not between meals

*Note: for Vegetarians and Vegans – Protein sources must come from legumes e.g. beans, lentils, soya and chickpeas; nuts and soya milk (for those eliminating cow’s milk products as well).

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