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Soy improves bone health

Soy products, such as soy milk, do not contain a lot of calcium but the soy isoflavones may help to reduce the osteoporosis risk. Several studies have suggested that soy isoflavones may be a factor in helping to prevent bone loss. The isoflavone genistein seems to inhibit bone breakdown and may have similar effects than estrogens in maintaining bone tissue. Soy can also indirectly improve bone health. Diets which are high in animal protein cause more calcium to be excreted in the urine. Replacing animal protein with soy protein may help to prevent calcium loss from the bones.

Soy relieves menopausal symptoms

Epidemiological data show that Asian women suffer less from hot flashes and night sweats compared to Western women. These symptoms of menopause are caused by low estrogen levels. Estrogens play a role in the body temperature control. Soy isoflavones can through their estrogen-like effect control these menopausal symptoms.

Soy reduces risk for heart diseases

In countries were soy products are ingested regularly, the rates of cardiovascular diseases is low. Research sug¬gests that soy may help to prevent heart disease by reducing total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein choles¬terol and preventing plaque buildup in the arteries, which could lead to stroke or heart attack. These health benefits are also mainly attributes to the soy isoflavones. The soy isoflavone genistein may also increase the flexibility of blood vessels.

Soy helps to prevent certain cancers

Several studies have indicated that a regular intake of soy foods may help to prevent hormone related cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer.

Soy is very nutritive

Soy products such as tofu, tempeh and soy milk are very rich in protein. This protein is of very high quality be¬cause it contains all essential amino acids. The amino acids of soy combine very well with the amino acids of ce¬reals. The soy protein is therefore very important for vegans.

Soy is a good source of lecithin and vitamin E. These natural antioxidants prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Soy is rich in magnesium, which plays an important function for the bones, heart and arteries.

Dairy Alternative

There are lot of reasons why people use soya products as an alternative to dairy products:
  • Ideological reasons: no consumption of animal products
  • Medical reasons: allergy to milk proteins or lactose intolerance
  • Health reasons: positive health effects of soya.
Our nutritional education in school taught us that dairy products are one of the four basic food groups we all need for proper nutrition.

This promotion has been so effective that it is common for even people who give up meat to still feel that they should continue consuming dairy products to ensure they receive sufficient protein or calcium.

Despite what the dairy industry has led us to believe, many medical doctors and nutritionists are now saying that cow's milk is not healthy for human consumption, and that it can lead to many serious diseases.

Not only are we the only species to consume another species' milk, but cow's milk is meant to foster rapid growth in calves, not to feed adult human beings.
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