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    Soya Chunks

    Soya chunks is a defatted soy flour product, a by-product of extracting soybean oil. It is often used as a meat analogue or meat extender. It is quick to cook, with a protein content equal to that of meat. Soya chunks is a versatile substance; different forms allow it to take on the texture of whatever ground meat it is substituting. Meat alternatives that come from soy beans are complete proteins. This means they have all the essential amino acids present. Amino acids are the building blocks that create protein.

    A 100 gms. serving of soya chunks contains over 54 grams of protein. This is more than the same serving size of meat and eggs. A 100 gms. serving of soya chunks contains just under 30 grams of carbs, has about 336 calories, contains just over 21 milligrams and contain over 530 milligrams of calcium per 100 gms. serving. Soya chunks are dry when you purchase them. They need to be reconstituted in water, which causes them to become spongy. This can be done by taking the required amount in a bowl of water and put it in a microwave for about 2 minutes. Then let it settle down for another 20 mins.

    Soya chunks can be found in natural food stores and larger supermarkets, usually in the bulk section. Being  very lightweight, it is often used in backpacking recipes. Because of its relatively low cost, high protein content, and long shelf life, Soya chunks is often used in prisons and schools, as well as for disaster preparedness.