Category Archives: Research

In an effort to help you have access to the latest scientific research and weed through the countless studies released each month, the Soyfoods Association of North America will post published research based on clinical studies appearing in credible peer-reviewed journals.

Soy protein has beneficial effects on metabolic syndrome

This systematic review compared the impact of plant and animal protein on the conditions that constitute metabolic syndrome in humans.

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Lifetime soy intake increases response to cancer medication in rats

Researchers at George Washington University used a rat model study to compare the effects of consuming genistein, a component of soy, throughout life versus beginning genistein consumption during breast cancer treatment with tamoxifen.

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Soy consumption negatively associated with heart disease

This systematic review evaluated the evidence on the association between consumption of soy and the risk of cardiovascular disease (including stroke and coronary heart disease).

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Mediterranean-Style Diets May Slow Brain Changes in Older Adults

Modifiable factors related to healthy aging are a critical area of research, since seniors comprise the fastest growing age demographic in the United States. In particular, a new study published by the American Academy of Neurology joins other studies reporting …

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Plant Foods Associated with Less Depression in Postmenopausal Women

Mood changes and metabolism changes are common symptoms of menopause and life after menopause. Chinese researchers aimed to find out if dietary patterns could affect depression, stress, and self-esteem among postmenopausal women. The diets of 906 Chinese women were reviewed …

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Soy Intake Impact on Stroke Risk Uncertain

Japan’s overall stroke mortality has decreased by 80% in almost 30 years and soy consumption is significantly higher than in Western countries.  How much of this reduction might be due to soy intake? Few research trials have studied the effect …

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Soy Intake Not Related to Endometriosis Severity

Endometriosis is a painful, estrogen-dependent condition in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus begins to grow other places in the body, usually near the uterus. Phytoestrogens, commonly found in soy, effects on hormones in the body are often …

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Replacing Just 1% Saturated Fat May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease Risk By 6-8%

A study published in the British Medical Journal found that replacing just 1 percent of saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, whole grains, or plant proteins may reduce your risk of heart disease by 6 percent to 8 percent.

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Fiber-Filled Plant Protein More Filing than Meat

Beans, legumes, and pulses have become a common meat replacement in many vegetarian diets due to their high protein content. But a new study sheds light on the fact that it isn’t just the protein that makes these plant-based options healthy and filling for everyone, it is the fiber that is more satiating than meat.

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Soy Promotes a Healthy Gut

Research has identified gut bacteria as an important factor in overall human health. Soyfoods may influence development, normal bodily functions, immunity, and nutrition status through their role in maintaining a healthy gut.

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