The Reading / Listening - Soybeans - Level 1

Why do Japanese people live longer? One reason might be food like tofu and miso. Japan's National Institute of Health and Nutrition did a study into the health benefits of soybean products. They said people who ate tofu and miso were 10 per cent less likely to die from diseases. Soybean-based food cut the risk of death from heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. Eating fermented soy products cut the risk of death.



Soybeans are superfoods. They are rich in protein, fibre and unsaturated fats. Soy fibre helps to reduce cholesterol and weight. Soy has been an important part of food in Asia for centuries. The most common types of soy products are tofu (soybean curd), natto (fermented soybeans), miso (a fermented soybean paste) and soy sauce. Researchers say the salt in miso does not increase blood pressure. Soybean products are becoming more popular worldwide.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Soybeans - Level 0 Soybeans - Level 2   or  Soybeans - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/368/bmj.m247.full.pdf
  • https://food.ndtv.com/news/higher-consumption-of-fermented-soy-products-linked-to-lower-mortality-risk-says-study-2172124
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-01-fermented-soy-products-linked-death.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Japanese people
  2. food like
  3. the health benefits
  4. 10 per cent less
  5. heart
  6. cardiovascular
  7. fermented soy
  8. cut the risk
  1. likely
  2. problems
  3. of death
  4. live longer
  5. products
  6. tofu
  7. of soybean
  8. attacks

Paragraph 2

  1. They are rich
  2. helps to reduce cholesterol
  3. an important part
  4. The most common types
  5. a fermented soybean
  6. the salt
  7. increase blood
  8. becoming more
  1. paste
  2. popular worldwide
  3. and weight
  4. pressure
  5. in protein
  6. of soy products
  7. of food in Asia
  8. in miso

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Why do Japanese (1) ___________________? One reason might be food like tofu and miso. Japan's National Institute of Health and Nutrition (2) ___________________ into the health benefits of soybean products. They said (3) ___________________ tofu and miso were 10 per cent less (4) ___________________ from diseases. Soybean-based food cut (5) ___________________ death from heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. Eating fermented (6) ___________________ the risk of death.

Soybeans are superfoods. They (7) ___________________ protein, fibre and unsaturated fats. Soy fibre (8) ___________________ cholesterol and weight. Soy has been an (9) ___________________ food in Asia for centuries. The most (10) ___________________ soy products are tofu (soybean curd), natto (fermented soybeans), miso (a fermented soybean paste) and soy sauce. Researchers (11) ___________________ in miso does not (12) ___________________. Soybean products are becoming more popular worldwide.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

WhydoJapanesepeoplelivelonger?Onereasonmightbefoodliketofua
ndmiso.Japan'sNationalInstituteofHealthandNutritiondidastudyinto
thehealthbenefitsofsoybeanproducts.Theysaidpeoplewhoatetofuan
dmisowere10percentlesslikelytodiefromdiseases.Soybean-basedf
oodcuttheriskofdeathfromheartattacks,strokeandothercardiovascu
larproblems.Eatingfermentedsoyproductscuttheriskofdeath.Soybe
ansaresuperfoods.Theyarerichinprotein,fibreandunsaturatedfats.S
oyfibrehelpstoreducecholesterolandweight.Soyhasbeenanimportan
tpartoffoodinAsiaforcenturies.Themostcommontypesofsoyproducts
aretofu(soybeancurd),natto(fermentedsoybeans),miso(afermente
dsoybeanpaste)andsoysauce.Researcherssaythesaltinmisodoesnot
increasebloodpressure.Soybeanproductsarebecomingmorepopular
worldwide.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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