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Eat To Grow: More Soy Joy

Soy can lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good.

The American Heart Association says soy can help people who have high cholesterol: ‘There is increasing evidence that consumption of soy protein may help lower blood cholesterol levels in some people with elevated total cholesterol levels,’ according to University of Illinois, Urbana, professor of food science and human nutrition John Erdman Jr.

Based on the latest research in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, Erdman said those who have cholesterol counts above 240 have the best chance of enjoying the benefits of soy. The optimal amount he suggests is around 20 grams per day.

Soy protein shows signs of bumping up the level of the good high-density lipoproteins, or HDL.


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