Protein, Low Calories
per 4 oz. serving of San Diego Soy Tofu.
per 8 oz. serving of Soy Milk
lower Cholesterol levels
is a potent weapon against cholesterol. Doctors generally recommend
that people do what they can to keep cholesterol levels below 200
milligrams per deciliter and under 180 when possible.
news that something as simple as soy protein is effective in lowering
serum cholesterol," said Dr. John V. Erdman Jr. of the University
of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Erdman wrote an editorial that
accompanies the new report, and he has worked on using soy protein
to lower cholesterol levels in patients.
is a major public health problem occurring primarily among postmenopausal
women (PMW). A diet rich in legumes, especially soy, has been linked
to a lower risk of fractures in Asian women, despite their lower bone
density, when compared with Caucasian women. This information is from
Lauderdale DS, et al. Hip fracture incidence among elderly Asian-American
populations. Am J Epidemiol 1997;146:502-509.
isoflavonoids and how do they work? The isoflavones are a class of
soy plant hormones called phytoestrogens. The two predominating isoflavones,genistein
and diadzein-are powerful antioxidants that protect cells and organs
from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are toxic oxygen
molecules produced by cigarette smoke, x-rays, air pollutants, sunlight,
and as natural byproducts of our metabolism.
inhibits cancer in several ways. It appears to obstruct the action
of harmful enzymes that propel cancer cells to reproduce rampantly,
hence slowing tumor growth and possibly even stopping cancer cell
proliferation. Genistein restricts the growth of new blood vessels
that supply necessary nutrients for cancer cell reproduction, and
it works like a weak estrogen that can plug into estrogen-receptor
sites in breast tissue, thereby competing with certain estrogens that
cause cells in breast tissue to mutate. A mutation in cells increases
the risk of breast cancer. It may also interfere with testosterone's
ability to stimulate the growth of prostate cancer (The Nutrition
Reporter, 1996, vol. 1;Lancet, October 1997,vol. 350).