According to a recent study published in Journal of Nutrition, a dietary pattern that is largely vegetables, fruits and soyfoods can contribute to a reduction in risk of hip fracture. Each year, about 260,000 people in the United States sustain a hip fracture, often resulting in long-term functional impairment, loss of independence and increased mortality.
The prospective study on “Adherence to a Vegetable-Fruit-Soy Dietary Pattern or the Alternative Healthy Eating Index Is Associated with Lower Hip Fracture Risk among Singapore Chinese” was done at National University of Singapore’s School of Public Health. Food frequency diet questionnaires asked 63,257 Chinese men and women aged 45-74 years old about their habitual diet. Diets were scored, and then grouped into a vegetable-fruit-soy pattern or a meat-dim-sum pattern. Higher quality diets with the vegetable-fruit-soy pattern were associated with lower risk of hip fracture in both genders.
The wide varieties of soyfoods available make it easy to include tofu, tempeh, edamame, soymilk, soy meat analogs, or soy nutrition bars in any diet pattern. Many soyfoods have high dietary values of calcium, which helps to build strong bones and helps maintain bone health throughout life.