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Soy Beans have a Long History

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English: A package of toasted soybeans, manufa...

English: A package of toasted soybeans, manufactured and distributed by Trader Joe’s. Shot taken by User:CoolFox (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My good friend David sent this article on the history of soybeans. They have been around for a long time. They provide healthy nutrition, protein and are good in so many different kinds of recipes. Search the web for soybeans and try different ones. People enjoy veggie-burgers made from soy, humus, soy milk as a healthy alternative to cow’s milk, and many more. Try different things and enjoy new foods that are really healthy.

The Perfect Protein

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3-d model of IGF-1

3-d model of IGF-1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meat had been called the “Perfect Protein” but we now know animal protein has high levels of IGF 1 which causes cancer. Dr Greger talks about IGF 1 in meat and soy. Soy was called the perfect non-meat protein because it resembled animal protein. Unfortunately it also has higher levels of IGF 1. If you swapped soy exclusively for meat you probably wouldn’t be lowering your cancer risk by that much. If you eat some soy (3-5 servings, see yesterdays BLOG) and ate other fruits, nuts and vegetables and no meat you would significantly reduce IGF 1 levels.

Soy vs. Meat

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Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org

Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org (Photo credit: Compassion Over Killing)

Dr. Greger says research shows eating too much soy can eliminate the benefits of a meat-less diet. Too much of anything is not good! What is too much? He recommends 3-5 servings a day as a healthy benefit. Watch his video at the above link. Not all fake meat products are made from soy!

Eating Your Soy can Reduce Inflammation

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A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) says soy products act like an anti-inflammatory! Soy is a great way to get protein, vegetable and healthy diet all in one place. Now it has even more impact on your health by reducing inflammation in the body. Inflammation can lead to cancer, heart disease and a variety of other illnesses.

Broccoli Everyday may keep Cancer Away!

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Vica faba or broad beans, known in the US as f...

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A study reported by CTV News on Health says brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and soy beans may be part of an “Epigenetic Diet” that can prevent cancer. In a study at the University of Alabama (UAB) they found the substances in many plant-based foods can prevent cancer and other illnesses. These foods cause the suppression of genes that can cause fatal illnesses. The past 6 BLOGS I did were on a doctor and surgeon that have found vegetarian based diets to be very healthy. Here is another university study finding the power of epigenetics is our hands. Use it wisely and live a healthy life. The UAB team describes their Epigenetic Diet as the following foods: