Eating Soy Foods May Reduce Fracture Rate
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More Health Benefits of Soy
Bone loss isn't the only reason to consume soy foods.
"It is not just for bone fracture. It is a great health benefit," Shu says. "Most studies indicate that soy is pretty safe, and the evidence is quite strong that it protects against coronary heart disease. There are also some data indicating soy may reduce the risk of breast cancer. Taking all those things together, I recommend women eat soy as much as they can."
But don't just add soy to your diet, warns Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
"This is not an additive. You still have to watch your calories," Bonci tells WebMD. "If you add it into your diet, think about what you are wiling to give up. Otherwise you are going to get too big for your bones."
Bonci also warns that soy supplements aren't a replacement for soy foods. If you're going to go for soy health benefits, she says, do it with foods -- not pills.