The term super fits. Soy is showing promise on all sorts of health-promoting fronts. It may protect against heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis, and it may ease the hot flashes ant accompany menopause, too. Pretty impressive credentials for a bean the size of a pearl.
Soy gets its health enhancing status from a powerful little plant nutrient called isoflavone, which acts as an antioxidant and a cholesterol-reducer. Soy protein also plays an important role in lowering cholesterol. When soy protein replaces animal protein, such as meat, in the diet, studies have found that blood cholesterol levels can drop. Not only has soy reduced total blood cholesterol, it can also lower LDLs (the artery clogging cholesterol) and slightly raise HDLs (the "good" cholesterol that can remove plaque from the arteries).
Good sources of soy include soy milk, roasted soy nuts, tofu, soy protein powder, soy protein bars, soy flour, soybeans, tempeh (a combination of fermented soybeans and grains) and miso (fermented soybean paste).
From "Betty Crocker's Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cooking Today." Text Copyright 2005 General Mills, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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