soy, heart, health, fda, gmo, risk

Soy’s Heart Health Effects

The contentious protein source needs to be viewed in context.

Every athlete knows that education is a crucial part of performance. Sport and exercise research, insight from top trainers, science, and technology help you to better understand your body so you can craft a healthier lifestyle, workouts, and recovery plan.

In our daily news series, experts address some of the latest fitness research, nutrition, style, and health stories.


THE SCIENCE

Soy protein products often use labels claiming the ingredient lowers the risk of heart disease; in light of emerging research, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants the claims removed.  

EXPERT INSIGHT

Despite mixed research about the cardiovascular benefits of soy protein, many dietitians still believe it to be a great addition to a healthy diet.

 

“The FDA is merely saying they cannot link soy protein (in isolation) to a reduced risk for heart disease,” explains Dana Hunnes, Ph.D., a registered dietitian at UCLA Medical Center. “However, there is evidence to suggest that the substitution (not merely the addition) of soy protein or any plant-based protein for an animal-based one can lower risk for heart disease.” Soy protein products offer many additional health benefits. They’re great sources of calcium, iron, magnesium, and folate notes Toby Amidor, a New York City-based registered dietitian.


THE BOTTOM LINE

“There is no need to avoid soy protein,” Hunnes emphasizes. Some of the best forms are edamame, tofu, and soy milks (buy organic to avoid GMOs) to get the benefits of their plant-based origins and added fiber.”