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SOY

  • Old news: Soy is a superfood: It can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and more. Soy first seized the spotlight when researchers linked the low incidence of heart disease among Asians with their high-soy diets. The word spread in 1999 when the FDA allowed food labels to claim that 25 grams of soy protein a day may cut heart disease risk.
  • Latest news: Soy has little effect on heart health, cancer, or reproductive health, according to a review of 200 human studies.

The real deal: Soy foods are high in calcium and protein and contain heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats. But experts say eating more soy won't significantly reduce your risk of disease — unless you're eating soy instead of other foods high in unhealthy saturated fats.

 

Originally published on September 26, 2007

 

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