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Soy Beefs Up Vegetarian Diet

It's an inexpensive way to add protein to food

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FRIDAY, Oct. 18, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- If you want an inexpensive way to add protein to your diet, soy is your answer, says the October issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

Soy can also help you reduce your intake of calories, saturated fat and cholesterol when you use it as a substitute for meat. Here are some suggestions on how to do that:

The Mayo Clinic Health Letter notes there are some concerns about the link between soy isoflavones and breast cancer. However, it adds that including soy foods as part of a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet doesn't seem to be a health risk.

More information

There's more about soy at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic, news release, October 2002


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