According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The American Heart Association notes that heart disease is the number one killer of American women.
Making significant changes in your diet and lifestyle can help improve your overall health and decrease your risk of developing heart disease. If you already suffer from heart disease then including soy in your diet may decrease your risk of a heart attack and benefit your overall health. Here’s why:
Read the Label
The Food and Drug Administration approved a health claim for foods that contain at least 6.25 grams of soy. The health claim states that, “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.”
Soyfoods Can Replace Less Healthy Foods
Soyfoods are a source of high-quality protein and, unlike many other sources of high-quality protein, soyfoods are low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free. Soyfoods come in a variety of forms, everything from soy sausages to soy flour, so it is easy to replace foods and ingredients in your diet with healthy soyfoods and soy ingredients. So try a soy burger; you won’t be able to tell the difference, but your heart will!
Soyfoods Can Lower Your Bad Cholesterol
Soyfoods are a tasty way to lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase your HDL (good) cholesterol. Soyfoods also include dietary fiber, high quality protein, iron, essential fatty acids, and other important nutrients.