Soy for Your Heart

Plant-based diets are gaining popularity due to their potential benefits, such as lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. However, it is important to note that not all plant-based diets (e.g. refined grains, mock meat, processed food, etc.) benefit your health. The key to high quality, nutrient-rich plant-based diet generally stems around the consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole-grains and plant protein such as soy milk, tofu, tempeh, nuts, beans and legumes.

Plant-based protein such as soybeans contains all nine essential building blocks of protein known as amino acids, which plays a vital role in almost every system throughout the body. It is also lower in saturated fat as compared to animal protein and provides a source of polyunsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (isoflavones) that is beneficial for health. Studies have observed that including soy protein as part of a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol may help to reduce total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

For a convenient source of plant-based protein, consider soy milk that has “reduced sugar” or with “no added sugar”. You may also consider soy milk fortified with Omega-3, as intake of Omega 3 fatty acids has been associated with lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Start now by incorporating some plant-based protein into your diet! You can do so simply by adding soy milk into your oats, replacing your milk or complementing some of your meals with a glass of soy milk!

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