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Soy Intake Improves LDL Cholesterol

by Diane Lofshult on Jul 01, 2005

Women experiencing the symptoms of menopause may want to increase their daily intake of soy protein, according to the findings of a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2004; 80 [5], 1391–96). After studying more than 1,000 pre- and postmenopausal women enrolled in the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition, scientists at the University of Oxford in England gave the thumbs up to getting more soy through food, rather than through supplements.

In women who ingested more than 6 grams (g) of soy protein per day, LDL cholesterol levels were considerably lower than in women who ate less than that. This led the researchers to conclude that “moderate intakes of soy foods as part of a regular diet are associated with favorable blood cholesterol concentrations.”

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at