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Essentials: Soy

Soy and soy products, like soybeans, are a great substitute for animal proteins and are rich in isoflavones, which have many health benefits.

What is soy? Soy is in the legume/bean family and contains 35%-40% protein. It may seem like soy products are everywhere now, and for good reason! While soy is native to Southeast Asia, America now produces half the amount of soy in the world. 

It is a great substitute for meat proteins and is rich in isoflavones, which can function as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. In addition, they can even kill parasites. Soybeans are thought to be healthy due to their high content of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as their low content of saturated fat. 

Eating soybeans may lower your risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes and certain cancers, as well as improve bone health and give relief from menopausal symptoms.


Lynn Goldstein, MS, RD, CSO, CDN

This video features Lynn Goldstein, MS, RD, CSO, CDN. Lynn Goldstein is a registered dietitian with a masters of science degree from New York University. She is board certified in oncology nutrition and is the clinical nutrition supervisor for Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Duration: 3:02. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Holly Atkinson, MD, Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: Nov. 19, 2011
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