As the food authority is planning to remove soy from the list of heart healthy foods, researchers across a study have evaluated and determined that soy protein has the ability to lower cholesterol in a small but significant amount.
According to the study published in the Journal of Nutrition, forty-one trials examined the effects of protein on low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is often referred to as "bad cholesterol" because a high amount of a compilation-up of cholesterol in the arteries.
All 43 studies provided data on "total cholesterol," which reflects the total amount of cholesterol in the blood.
Researchers have found that soy protein reduces LDL cholesterol by three to four percent in adults, a small but significant amount, noted Dr. David Jenkins, lead author of the study.
"When you add the shift of saturated and cholesterol-rich fats to a diet that includes soybeans, cholesterol reduction may be greater." Data and our analysis suggest that soy protein contributes to heart health, "said Jenkins . .
"We expect the public to continue to consider plant-based diets as a healthy option," Jenkins added.
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