By Meghan Malka
February is American Heart Month and the perfect time to take steps to protect your heart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. There are many risk factors for heart disease including high cholesterol. High cholesterol affects men and women at any age, so it is important to have your cholesterol levels checked regularly. A heart healthy diet and physical activity are the best ways to improve your cholesterol levels, decrease your chances of developing heart disease, and improve your overall health.
Good News: Soyfoods Can Lower Your Cholesterol!
Soyfoods are known to lower cholesterol and protect our hearts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a health claim that recognizes 25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Research has shown that soyfoods can help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and thus reduce the risk of heart disease. Research suggests that soyfoods help lower cholesterol independently as well as when they replace animal proteins in the diet.
Soyfoods are a tasty way to lower your cholesterol. Soyfoods offer a unique source of high-quality protein that is naturally low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free. Research has shown that the effect of soy protein on blood cholesterol is enhanced when combined with other heart-healthy foods and ingredients, such as fiber, nuts, and plant sterols.
Soyfoods come in a variety of forms, so it is easy to add or replace foods in your diet with healthy soyfoods. So enjoy a veggie burger, sip on a soymilk smoothie, or toss edamame into a salad to boost heart health. Also remember to limit foods that are high in saturated fat, trans fat and/or cholesterol. Foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol include fried foods, meat, dairy, butter, baked goods and eggs.
As always, talk to your doctor about your specific health conditions. Soyfoods are not a substitution for medication or a doctor’s recommendation.
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Links worth checking out:
- Our American Heart Month Infographic.
- Cholesterol lowering effects of soy protein research
- Details on the Soy protein and Heart Disease Health Claim
- American Heart Association
- 10 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol and 7 Ways to Prevent Heart Disease
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My name is Meghan. I have a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina and I will soon acquire the Registered Dietitian license. So you could say I am an “RD to be.” You can be sure that all of the information here is based on scientific research and in line with the recommendations of national health organizations and agencies. We bring you the science, connect you to the recipes and so let us know what you like and what you want to know.