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Eat More Soy

This simple bean can be your key to healthy, low-fat protein.

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In the search for healthy, low-fat protein, soy stands out as an all-star food beneficial to your health. Often perceived as a hippie food, soy is in fact more widely grown than grain in the US, and is used in about half of all vegetable oil, along with countless other foods. Though the evidence as to whether soy can help reduce the risk of such things as cardiovascular disease and cancer is questionable (as are reports on the negative effects of estrogen in soy), there is no doubt that soy products are a fantastic source of protein and other nutrients.
 
Soy is often considered a meat alternative, and as tofu or tempeh it fills this role nicely. Consider including either of these if you cook noodle dishes or curries, where they can really soak up the other flavors of the dish. Soy versions of just about everything from ice cream to hot dogs are available, and some of them do a good job of replicating their intended targets. But you don’t have to think of soy as just a replacement food: dried, salted soybeans are a great low-fat snack, and boiled edamame are a good green vegetable to have in your fridge.

 

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  • Learn more about the potential health benefits of soy from the Mayo Clinic .

 

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1. USDA Economic Research Service. Agricultural Baseline Projections [2008-2017]. Available from: http://www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/Baseline/crops.htm [19 June 2008].

2. US Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. “Effects of Soy on Health Outcomes.” Available from: http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcsums/soysum.htm [19 June 2008]

3. American Heart Association. Science Advisory: “Soy Protein, Isoflavones, and Cardiovascular Health.” Available from: http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/short/113/7/1034 [19 June 2008].

4. WebMD Osteoporosis Center. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/news/20050912/eating-soy-foods-may-reduce-fracture-rate [19 June 2008].

5. National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. Organic Crop Production Overview. Available from: http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/organiccrop.html#principles [16 June 2008].

 
 
 
 
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