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Soy is More Than Tofu (I).

By Terry Hobbs.

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You see a white rectangular blob of tofu and ask yourself, "Do I really have to eat that?" The long answer is "Well, you should, and we’ve got a recipe at the end that should get you eating tofu." But the short answer is, "No, because soy is more than tofu." Then you might wonder, "OK, but why do I have to bother to eat soy anyway?"

Why Soy?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. More than 1 in 4 Americans has some form of cardiovascular disease. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Lifestyle factors -- like what food you eat -- contribute to the risk ofdeveloping both of these dreadful diseases. Let’s take a look at how soy can help reduce that risk.

Heart Disease Prevention

A heart-healthy diet is important for both prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the National Cholesterol Education Program both recommend that no more than 30% of calories should come from fat and no more than 10% from saturated fat. Dietary cholesterol consumption should not exceed 300 mg per day.

Americans typically get most of their saturated fats from meat and dairy products. Cholesterol is only found in animal foods -- not in plant foods like soy. Soybeans provide adequate protein without the saturated fat and cholesterol of meats and high-fat dairy.

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