"Although the effect size seems small, the results are significant," according to Medical News Today. In fact, in the real world, "when one adds the displacement of high saturated fat and cholesterol-rich meats to a diet that includes soy, the reduction of cholesterol could be greater," lead author David Jenkins of the University of Toronto said in a statement.
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A major limitation of the meta-analysis is that researchers only examined a subset of relevant studies exclusively referenced by the FDA. But, as Medical News Today pointed out, the study’s purpose was to “test the strength of the FDA's conclusions using the very data that they had used to draw their conclusions.”
Ultimately, Jenkins concluded in the study, “the existing data and our analysis of it suggest soy protein contributes to heart health.”
Read the full study at academic.oup.com.
Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high cholesterol, according the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke, both leading causes of death in the U.S. To make healthy lifestyle changes, experts recommend opting for foods lower in saturated ad trans fats and maintaining a healthy weight.
Learn more at CDC.gov.