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Mar 18, 2008
Soy and soybeans appear to have taken the modern world by storm. Every day new products emerge from the grocery store promoting soy-based products for their healthful benefits. The advantages of soy products can't be emphasized enough because they are much more than just another supplement. Soy has been proven by the FDA to assist in combating heart disease, the number one killer in America.

As a matter of fact, the Food and Drug Administration accepted and acknowledged soy for lowering cholesterol prior to the turn of the twenty-first century. Their claim, in particular, was that a small addition of the soy protein to the consumer diet, at least 25 grams, could reduce the risk of heart disease.

Soybeans are legumes that are being grown more widely each year in our country. This mass production means that anyone can find soy or soy-based products that are affordable and flavorful.

Protein is not the only reason for adding soy to your diet. Soybeans also supply a number of vital vitamins and nutrients such as calcium, iron, fiber, and even a few B-vitamins. There are also soy foods containing potassium and foliate. Studies have found that people who regularly consume soy have a lower risk for several forms of cancer.

The cancer combatants are attributed to several components of soy, for example, isoflavones, that prevents the hormone estrogen from entering cells. This can help prevent ovarian and breast cancers. Protease inhibitors suppress cell growth. Phytoesterol prevents cell growth in the colon, which may prevent colon cancer.

Not only can soy be used as a preventative measure, it can be used as a supplement in specialized diets. Patients with diabetes and kidney disease have found soy to be a healthful addition to their diets that does not impact their health issues.

Most of the soy-based products are naturally low in trans- and saturated fats. To boost this assurance, the American Heart Association has also promoted soy as a food that can naturally help your heart.

Heart disease is not the only disease or illness that soy can combat. Researchers are currently stating soy can also lower cancer risks associated with the prostate, colon, and breast. There is even evidence that soy can help reduce risks for osteoporosis and relieve the "hot flashes" associated with menopause.

Consumers interested in enriching their diets with soy products have never had a better time to do so. Soy is used in more products today than ever before. Those with heart disease will find it easy to locate a product to suit their tastes and needs.

Soy flour, milk, soy grits, and even soy meats can be found throughout grocery stores. It's easier than ever to substitute healthful soy products for the more fatty foods. Many experts recommend simply replacing snack foods with those containing soy. Yogurt fans are encouraged to substitute soy yogurt to get the extra protein in their diet.

Ice cream lovers will be delighted to see that soy can even be found in frozen desserts that contain nearly no fat at all. Edamame are sweet green soybeans that can be found in your grocer's freezer section. Tofu, or bean curd, is made of soy and resembles "cottage cheese" consistency. By itself, tofu has no flavor, but will assume the flavor with which it is cooked or mixed.

Incorporating soy into your diet is not difficult. It is something that your heart will thank you for.
About the Author
Dee Overly is an artist who discovered the health benefits of soy milk and now sells a
Soymilk Maker at www.SoymilkCrossroads.com.
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