Soy benefits 'normal' cholesterol levels

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New research from China has found that even people with normal
cholesterol levels can benefit from added soy protein in their
diet, according to Cornell...

New research from China has found that even people with normal cholesterol levels can benefit from added soy protein in their diet, according to Cornell University's health publication ``Food and Fitness Advisor.'' The benefit comes when soy protein is added daily to dietary intake because ``it increases protective HDL cholesterol,'' the publication reported. HDL is the so-called ``good'' cholesterol. The findings were based on clinical trials involving 60 men and 90 women aged 35 to 65, ``all of whom had normal cholesterol levels and were consuming a low-protein diet.'' When half the participants ate foods containing 40 grams of soy protein daily for l2 weeks, they were found to have an increase in ``good'' HDL cholesterol of 4.7 per cent, with little or no change in ``bad'' LDL cholesterol. The Chinese research indicated that not only can those with high cholesterol benefit from increased soy protein intake, but that people with normal cholesterol levels can also benefit. The Cornell health newsletter noted that the American Heart Association's nutrition committee recently recommended that people with high cholesterol eat three or more servings daily of soy products each containing l0 grams of soy protein per serving in order to reduce both total cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol. Source: Foods for the Future

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