Soy products are made from soybeans. Soybeans are legumes because they grow in seedpods. Soybeans contain high-quality protein — which our bodies can use more easily than protein from many other sources. They also have no cholesterol and are very low in saturated fat.
Research suggests that eating soy protein can help protect against cardiovascular disease by:
Lowering total cholesterol
Reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol)
Maintaining levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed relevant data and approved the following health claim, which manufacturers can place on the labels of soy-based foods:
“Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
(Source: Mayo Clinic, online at www.mayoclinic.com.)>