The SOY Solution
Recently, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed
what Asians have known for thousands of years: Soy is good for
you. Thanks to a new FDA ruling, lowfat soy products can carry
a label touting the food's ability to help lower cholesterol.
But there's also evidence that soy can reduce the risk of osteoporosis
and help ease hot flashes.
To get the cholesterol-lowering effect, you need to eat about
25 grams of soy protein a day.
If that edict conjures up visions of rubbery tofu, we've got
good news. Today, there are more than 2,000 soy products on the
For instance, many supermarkets now carry milk, yogurt and
cheese made of soy, as well as fairly convincing soy stand-ins
for sausage, bacon and hot dogs. Health-food stores are stocked
with soy flour and nuts, protein bars, powdered drink mixes and
textured vegetable protein (TVP), a good meat substitute for
sauces or casseroles.
About two standard servings of soy will give you 25 grams.
That means you could have a sandwich made with 3.5 oz of soy
turkey or 2 oz of soy cheddar cheese (about 15 grams), plus 1
cup of soy milk or 4 tablespoons soy nuts (about 10 grams) to
get your daily dose. Carol Milano
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