The Healthy Truth about Soy

Posted on January 10, 2010. Filed under: benefits, cancer, cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, LDL-cholesterol, nutrition, obesity, osteoporosis, soy foods | Tags: , , , , , , , |

            Soy foods have been used around the world for thousands of years because so many people realize its healthy qualities.  Extensive research documents the many health benefits of soy foods; the FDA approved the health claim that daily soy intake is heart-healthy.  Soy foods are produced from the soybeans grown in the United States and other countries.  These foods are nutrient-rich foods that contain the following:

  • high-quality protein
  • carbohydrates
  • fiber
  • healthy fats
  • plant estrogens (isoflavones)
  • vitamins and minerals
  • antioxidants 

            The advantages of whole soy foods, as opposed to foods with soy ingredients, are that the whole soybean has many health promoting benefits in addition to those provided by the ingredients alone.  Some popular whole soy foods include whole soybeans, green soybeans, also known as edamame, and dry roasted soy nuts.  In order to experience the benefits of soy foods, two of the following serving sizes are recommended per day:  ½ cup of cooked soybeans, 2/3 cup of green soybeans in the pod, 1 oz of roasted soy nuts, one glass of soy milk, ½ cup tofu, or six grams of isolated soy protein. 

            Research shows the following conditions and diseases benefit from soy foods:

  • Coronary heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure: View blog, “Soy for your Heart” for more details.
  • Menopause, breast cancer, osteoporosis:  Read blog, “Soy and Women’s Health,” for more information.
  • Cancer:  See upcoming blog, “Cancer Fighting Food:  Soy.”
  • Diabetes, obesity, kidney disease:  Upcoming blog titled, “Soy for Renal Health,” will have more details. 

Soy foods are one of the healthiest foods you can put on the table and are a tasty way to add variety to your diet.

With Lacey Lamb

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4 Responses to “The Healthy Truth about Soy”

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Again, great article!

Jeff,
More and more research is being done on soy’s many benefits. I encourage you to continue reviewing the information and add some soy to your diet.
Lacey

I have an allergy to soy. Most shakes have soy in them. Do you know of one that does not? Atkins does not have soy, but 9 grams of fat. (160 cal, 15 grams protein, 1 gram sugar, 3 gram carbs). I would love to do this program.

Hi Azalia, thanks for calling my attention to this. I regularily use three shakes personally. They are Special K Protein Shake (contains soy), GNC total lean shakes (which do not list soy ingredient), HMR shakes (which do not list soy 1-859-422-4261). I also use soy shakes from Revival). I believe that you can find powdered shakes or ready made shakes without soy among the several hundred available. Probably, searching the internet is the fastest way to go. Best wishes, Nutdoc


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