Soybeans, Heart Health

Edamame beans rock! You should LOVE them too. Previous reports have linked edamame or soybeans with artery health and reduced risk of heart disease. But some question soy's MIGHT versus against cholesterol; The New York Times investigates.


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A David - November 6, 2008 7:42 AM

I thought Soy was not a good choice for men due to the plant estrogen. Isn't this true ? I have cut out most soy products I used to eat regularly, soy milk, burgers, etc. Or is the problem only with processed soy?

Steve - November 6, 2008 8:58 AM

Hi Gerry
This study used soy protein (basically a bodybuilding supplement), not the whole food, so I would ignore it.

BTW my computer's spyware blocker did not like that URL in your above response.

Cheers, Steve

Kirsten - November 6, 2008 10:05 AM

Before getting TOO concerned about phytoestrogens, consider the synthetic estrogen-mimickers in a wide variety of our home products (plastics and plasticizers). Everything from plastic containers to household cleaners to make-up and other bathroom products. We are daily breathing and swabbing ourselves with hormone disruptors. To me, a little naturally-occurring plant hormone isn't much of a concern.

A David - November 6, 2008 2:10 PM

Well I did look a little further, and maybe I CAN go back to eating the soy products I enjoyed. But some nutritionists don't think so. Its often hard to decipher the maze of info out there.
Thanks for your comments also.

Michael - November 6, 2008 2:34 PM

"Thus, studies in women have mostly been consistent with beneficial effects, although the magnitude of the effects is quite small and of uncertain significance. Only three intervention studies reported hormonal effects of soy isoflavones in men. These recent studies in men consuming soyfoods or supplements containing 40–70 mg/d of soy isoflavones showed few effects on plasma hormones or semen quality. These data do not support concerns about effects on reproductive hormones and semen quality."

Sounds like there is little impact on health one way or the other. I know I'm not concerned with eating occasional servings of minimally processed soy products. I see no evidence to back the hysteria some people have.

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