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Soy Foods: How Much is Too Much Featured

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How to consume soy for best…..

soyfoodsThe bloom in a healthy diet turns people to exclusively pick out goodish food. Supermarket shelves too offer an array of foods demoing great role in health and nutrition. Advances in nutritional science continue food products innovation that appeals to your taste buds and lifestyle as well.

According to experts physical activity and wise food choices are always an integral part for maintaining body healthy and fit. After the concept of whole grains or oatmeal, a next idea becoming popular among people is soy food.

A soybean is a component of human diet for almost 5,000 years as documented on Medline. Soy, an excellent source of protein, offers same quality effect as of animal food. Hence, nutritionalists always consider soy as a part of healthy balanced diet. Soy foods can be incorporated as a whole or in a processed form. Soy food existed in the greatest varieties like soy flour, soy milk, tofu, miso, whole soybeans, soy dairy-free products, soy nut butter, soy meat alternative and soybean oil.

However, recently concern has risen about consuming soy in excess due to adverse effects noted in some cases.

Soy: A smartest choice

Lifestyle diseases are the greatest threat of today’s world and call for selecting a healthy diet only. Soy has shown promising effects in controlling risk factors for such diseases and keeping them at bay. Hence, soy can be a smartest choice.

Heart healthy

‘Protect Your Heart Early Against Disease: Soy protein not only lowers blood cholesterol, but has been found to contribute to increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering triglyceride levels’.

                - Soyfoods, Soyfoods Association of North America

Soy food with no or minimal amount of saturated fat helps to reduce bad cholesterol from body. As an enriched source of omega-3-fatty acid, fiber and nutrients soy aids to reduce risk factors for heart diseases. Additionally, soy helps to improve blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease.

Soy protein may help to improve blood vessel elasticity and lessen the hardening of blood vessels, another major risk factor for heart disease.

Weight control

Soy helps in achieving a lean body mass and ultimately, a healthy body weight. Lesser calories, a minimal total amount of fat, and more fiber content all make it possible to achieve and maintain healthy weight with soy.

Menopausal relief

Isoflavones, a vital component from soy, has shown assuring effect in relieving the menopausal symptoms like hot flashes.

Moreover, soy helps to maintain healthy bones by improving bone strength. According to review published in ‘Maturitus’, The European Menopause Journal, soy isoflavones may prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis and risk of fracture.

Soy: The Caution

Safety with long-term usages of soy is now a questionable as some studies showed inconclusive results. People tempted to consume a large amount of soy may experience adverse effects, and hence experts warn requiring caution with soy consumption.

Allergic reaction

Soy consumption can lead to allergic reaction ranging from uncomfortable feeling to even life-threatening experience reported by Mayo Clinic.

Thyroid problem

What the University of California says about soy protein and thyroid…?

          ‘Soy consumption might elevate risk of goiter formation.’

The peculiar effect is attributed to soy isoflavones which inhibit the activity of thyroid peroxidase, an essential enzyme for proper thyroid hormone synthesis. This leads to disruption of normal thyroid hormone levels and consequently thyroid problems.

Soy and breast cancer risk

One more controversial issue with soy is its relation with breast cancer. Soy isoflavones, a plant compound, mimic estrogen and is thought to raise the risk for breast cancer. However, according to expert from American Cancer Society certain epidemiological studies has shown no association between soy and breast cancer or positive association means consuming soy lessen the chances of breast cancer.

Consuming soy foods for best

Considering both health benefits and harms sensible use of soy is indicated, likewise, other foodstuff. U.S.Food and Drug Administration suggested intake of 25 grams of soy protein a day, as a part of diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Moderate consumption of soy as a part of balanced diet is considered safe in general population as per breastcancer.org.

And never forget to check out the product’s nutritional label giving out the idea about soy protein percentage. 

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