Can Eating Soy Products Reduce Cancer Risk?

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Soy is popular with people who want to lose weight and/or stay in shape because it is inexpensive, low in fat and rich in protein. What is more, soy also contains fiber, potassium, magnesium, antioxidants and other nutrients. Soy can be found in tofu, edamame, miso, soy milk, soy nuts and a number of other soy products. You can order foods that contain soy at a restaurant or purchase soy products and use them in meals at home.

Whether or not soy can reduce the risk of getting cancer is up for debate; however, a number of reliable sources have noted that there is a real possibility that soy can lower the risk of getting certain types of cancer. Studies indicate that some women who have survived breast cancer can lower the risk of getting this cancer again by eating 10 mg or more of soy on a daily basis. There is also evidence that suggests that eating soy foods can lower the risk of getting endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer. What is more, soy contains the fiber your body needs to lower the risk of getting colorectal cancer and it also contains nutrients that are known to be anti-carcinogens.

Even so, it should be noted that not all soy products are created equal. Miso contains a lot of sodium and processed soy products are not as healthy for you as unprocessed ones. Even so, soy is a healthy food that should be included as a part of any person's diet. While soy's cancer prevention and cancer combating properties are up for debate, research clearly shows that soy does not (as some have erroneously suggested) cause cancer and it is safe to eat and drink soy products on a regular basis.


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