Soy Protein and Cholesterol
What to Eat continued...
There’s one exception: soy supplements. There’s no proven benefit to adding soy isoflavone supplements to your diet. Stick with whole soy foods instead.
Three other things to remember:
- Soy sauce and soybean oil don’t contain soy protein, even though "soy" is part of their name.
- Read the label. Make sure the soy products you buy are also low in saturated fat, cholesterol, salt, and added sugar.
- If you see "soya" on a packaged food, that's another word for soy.
How Much to Eat
If you’re new to eating soy, add it to your diet a little bit at a time. Substitute soy protein for animal protein foods a few times a week. That’s the best way to cut saturated fat and lower your overall risk of disease.
A little goes a long way. Your best diet is one that has a variety of foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and beans. That’s better than a diet that’s too heavy in soy products.