[PHNUTR-L] Statement of Facts: Soy and Cholesterol
Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD
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Wed Jan 25 07:54:48 PST 2006
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Source: Solae Company
Released: Wed 25-Jan-2006, 05:00 ET
Statement of Facts: Soy and Cholesterol
A recent American Heart Association report has caused some confusion
about the heart health benefits of soy protein. This statement is
intended to outline the facts concerning soy protein, heart health and
the recent AHA report.
Newswise — A recent report of the Nutrition Committee of the American
Heart Association (AHA) has caused some confusion about the heart health
benefits of soy protein, and some media stories have misrepresented the
report’s findings. This statement is intended to outline the facts
concerning soy protein and heart health.
FACT: Experts Agree Soy Protein Lowers Cholesterol
The AHA research review found that soy protein lowers blood cholesterol
above and beyond that realized from a low fat, low cholesterol diet.
This finding is consistent with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) recognizing that soy protein lowers cholesterol by between 3 and 8
FACT: Experts Agree Soy Protein Has Additional Heart Health Benefits
The AHA report noted that soy foods are heart healthy because of their
high content of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals and low
content of saturated fat, making them an ideal substitute for less
healthy foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. The FDA
and, similarly, the AHA have agreed that soy foods appear to modestly
lower triglycerides and raise HDL (“Good”) blood cholesterol levels.
FACT: Seven Governments Recognize the Heart Health Benefits of Soy
Authorities around the world have approved health claims supporting the
consumption of soy protein and a lowering of blood cholesterol,
including the USA, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Philippines, Indonesia and the
United Kingdom. These claims were approved based on an extensive review
of scientific literature to determine that the relationship between soy
protein and lowered cholesterol was well established. It’s the weight of
this scientific evidence that led so many government health authorities
to approve soy/heart health claims.
FACT: Soy Protein is a Food, Not a Prescription Drug
Soy foods have the unique ability to both lower LDL (“Bad”) cholesterol
and lower triglycerides, but not to the degree expected from
cholesterol-lowering medications. That soy products have been found to
lower blood cholesterol even a small amount, however, has the potential
to dramatically impact public health. One may argue whether a 3 – 8
percent reduction in cholesterol is “clinically significant,” but the
bottom line is that heart disease depends on small life changes. Neither
pharmaceuticals nor soy foods are by themselves panaceas for a healthy
FACT: Research into Soy Protein and Heart Health Will Continue
Physicians have known for many years that lifestyle change helps prevent
heart attack and stroke. Only recently, however, have scientists begun
to study how a diet rich in soy protein helps lower cholesterol. In
1999, The Solae Company successfully petitioned the FDA to issue an
unqualified health claim for soy protein and coronary heart disease. Our
company will continue to invest in nutrition research that helps
consumers make more informed decisions about what they eat.
Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD < fivestar at nutritionucanlivewith.com >
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