New Study From China Shows Soy Protein Improves Even Normal Cholesterol Levels

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Foods for the Future

    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- 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 percent, with little or no change in "bad" LDL
 cholesterol.
     A number of studies in the United States have shown that eating soy
 protein every day can lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol in
 people who have high cholesterol levels, the Cornell publication reported.
 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.
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- 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 percent, with little or no change in "bad" LDL
 cholesterol.
     A number of studies in the United States have shown that eating soy
 protein every day can lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol in
 people who have high cholesterol levels, the Cornell publication reported.
 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.
 
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