Wellness Pathway #125: Eat Soy

Although there is some debate about the health benefits of soy, primarily for women who have had or are at high risk for breast cancer, there is general agreement — all the way down to the US Food and Drug Administration — that 25 milligrams of soy protein a day contributes positively to better health. In populations where soy protein is a staple, the incidence of cancer and cardiovascular disease are significantly less than in populations that get most of their protein from meat. Indeed, the research into the health benefits of soy protein makes a powerful case for vegetarianism.

Sound hard? Think again. Even Burger King has rolled out soy burgers on their fast food menu. It’s become increasingly easy to find soy products in mainstream food stores and restaurants, including soy milk, nuts, bars, powders, burgers, tofu, tempeh, and edamame — green soy beans in the pod that are boiled and lightly salted before being eaten as an hors d’oeuvre or side dish. Don’t just add soy protein to your diet. Lower your consumption of animal protein and raise your consumption of soy protein until you reach a total of about 55 grams of total protein a day (from all sources).

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