As more people are looking for plant-based proteins, soybean protein might be a healthy way to go. Many plant proteins are considered to be “incomplete,” meaning they don’t have all the essential amino acids that your body can’t make. However, soy protein has a similar amino acid profile to the proteins found in milk, according to a 2023 article in PharmaNutrition.
High cholesterol can contribute to cardiovascular disease, but soy protein can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides. When the walls of your blood vessels become thick with cholesterol and other clogging substances, soy protein can reduce pro-inflammatory proteins and increase anti-inflammatory proteins to reduce any damage to your arteries.
The soy protein in soy nut butter might also be good for your blood pressure. Although many of the studies are conducted in the lab, nutrients in soy protein can inhibit the angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) responsible for constricting blood vessels. Eating more foods with soy protein can also reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, which is linked to conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.