Sunday, June 21, 2009

Soy for men versus women?

Dear Monique, I have been reading lately that too much soy could be a bad thing for men, while it is still good for a woman to eat plenty of soy. Could you please comment? Thank you. Mark

Answer: Recent research indicates that men can greatly benefit from soy's healing properties. Soy is not only good for women, it is terrific for men as well because it fights disease on several fronts. For men in particular, soy can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, prostate cancer, colon cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes and kidney disease. These conditions are very prevalent in American men. However, by adding more soy to their diet, men can prevent these illnesses from occurring.

Numerous scientific and medical studies have confirmed soy's role in promoting good health. They have shown it to help prevent the buildup of arterial plaque, which reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and hypertension. That the isoflavones in soy foods like tofu and soymilk can prevent prostate cancer by hindering cell growth, and can fight osteoporosis by stimulating bone formation and inhibiting bone resorption. Also, the fiber in soy foods like tempeh, edamame and textured soy protein can prevent colon cancer and help control diabetes and kidney function.

Tofu is the most versatile of all the soy foods. However, tempeh is by far the most nutritious and easiest to prepare and digest. It contains the highest amount of soy protein, isoflavones and fiber per serving. Don't worry about eating too much of it, as more medical evidence is presented, you will see that soy is a powerful tool for maintaining good health in men. In fact, my husband has been eating soy every day for more than 16 years now with no ill effects. So feel confident that you will be doing your body good by eating more soy.

For more information about soy, read
my book Virtues of Soy: A Practical Health Guide and Cookbook and visit the Virtues of Soy website.

Other Recommended Books...

Plant Based Nutrition and Health
by Stephen Walsh

The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide To A Healthy Vegetarian Diet
by Vesanto Melina & Brenda Davis

The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World
by John Robbins

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