Soy Lowers Cholesterol

Should you be eating more?

Recent news reports on soy have touted its cholesterol-lowering powers and the possibility that it might help prevent breast cancer.


Before you stack your fridge with bricks of tofu, here’s what you should know:

The analysis of several studies on soy protein recently published by researchers at the University of Kentucky in Lexington found that a diet rich in soy protein brought about dramatic reductions in cholesterol. But the main beneficiaries were individuals who started out with very high cholesterol levels – a group that includes relatively few your women. Studies of the effects of a soy-rich died on preventing breast cancer are underway, but experts are still unsure just how beneficial it will prove to be.

Tempe is a fermented soy bean product originally made by Central Javanese people - Indonesia

Soy milk

Soy products, like tofu and soy milk, are excellent sources of protein; some are also rich in calcium. Adding tofu to stir-fry or using soy milk in recipes is an easy way to incorporate it into your diet. But don’t feel you have to eat it. “Soy protein isn’t magic – it’s one more weapon in the arsenal of better health,” says registered dietitian Gail Levey.