Monday, August 24, 2015
25 Grams of Soy Protein a Day is Good for the Heart
Amidst all the diet meals and “superfoods” available in the market nowadays, it is easy to become overwhelmed with quite a number of options. Everyday is a challenge to find meals that are healthy enough and will not rack up your cholesterol level.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filtered down the choices with its approval of a health claim that indicates the consumption of 25 grams of soy protein, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.
Such health claim is significant in the increasing traction towards positive lifestyle changes that will help reduce risk of coronary disease in the long run.
Soy foods come from soybeans, which is commonly consumed in the diet as tofu, tempeh and miso, but is also available to consumers as whole soybeans, soynuts, soy yogurt, soy cheese, and soy milk like Vitamilk, which is made from fresh, non-GMO (genetically modified organism) soybeans packed with 8g of protein, 90mg of calcium, 22mg of potassium, and 33g of carbohydrates. Soy is also a good source of high-quality protein, fiber, and omega-3. It is naturally cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat.
As many as 170,000 Filipinos succumbed to coronary heart disease, according to the Philippine Heart Association’s most recent data survey in 2009. In 2012, the National Statistics Office stated that 5 out of 10 Filipinos died of heart disease.
Daily consumption of soy food may help lower bad cholesterol by about 3%, which, in tandem with exercise and a balanced diet, can lower associated risks of heart attack and stroke.