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Dr. Mark Messina

Soyfoods and the Protein Leverage Hypothesis
NutritionObesitySoy Protein
June 1, 2020

Soyfoods and the Protein Leverage Hypothesis

Could a higher protein diet be a key to solving the obesity epidemic? If so, soyfoods have a role to play given their high protein content. Approximately 25 to 45…
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Soymilk and Cow’s Milk: New Evidence to Consider
CancerNutritionWomen’s Health
May 20, 2020

Soymilk and Cow’s Milk: New Evidence to Consider

The health effects of cow’s milk have been hotly debated over the past couple of decades. Two recent publications call into question current dietary milk recommendations,1,2 one of which also…
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Understanding How Soy Affects Breast Cancer Risk
CancerWomen’s Health
February 27, 2020

Understanding How Soy Affects Breast Cancer Risk

Excitement about the possibility that soyfoods reduce risk of developing breast cancer began in earnest 30 years ago. While over this time support for a protective effect has waxed and…
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Don’t Eliminate Beans to Reduce Sulfur Amino Acid Intake
NutritionSoy Protein
February 25, 2020

Don’t Eliminate Beans to Reduce Sulfur Amino Acid Intake

Based on an analysis of NHANES III (Third National Examination and Nutritional Health Survey Study (1988-1994) data, Pennsylvania State University researchers recently found that diets lower in sulfur amino acids…
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Prevalence of Soy Allergy Lowest Among the Big 8
Soy AllergySoy Protein
February 4, 2020

Prevalence of Soy Allergy Lowest Among the Big 8

Some evidence suggests that an increasing number of Americans report being allergic to one or more foods.1 Consequently, more and more consumers are eliminating certain foods from their diet; however,…
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“Soy Breast” News Without Merit
Men’s Health
January 22, 2020

“Soy Breast” News Without Merit

“Dear Men: There’s no evidence that eating Impossible Whoppers will give you breasts.” That headline of a December 26, 2019 article in the Washington Post (WP), while accurately reflecting the…
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Peanut-Allergic Individuals Unlikely to React to Soy
Soy AllergySoy Protein
January 3, 2020

Peanut-Allergic Individuals Unlikely to React to Soy

Cross-reactivity in allergic reactions occurs when the proteins in one substance are similar to the proteins found in another. Because peanuts and soy are both legumes, there is concern that…
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Cervical Cancer
Women’s Health
December 20, 2019

Cervical Cancer

Expert notes soy doesn’t increase risk of cervical cancer but fails to highlight that it may be proactive against this disease. A woman who frequently consumed soy was diagnosed with…
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Soyfoods Do Not Increase Risk of Developing Gout
Men’s HealthWomen’s Health
November 19, 2019

Soyfoods Do Not Increase Risk of Developing Gout

What was once called the “disease of kings” could now just as well be called the “disease of commoners.” Gout is now the most common form of inflammatory arthritis worldwide,…
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Consumption of Plant Protein and Soyfoods On the Rise
NutritionSoy Protein
October 21, 2019

Consumption of Plant Protein and Soyfoods On the Rise

New data on the dietary intake of Americans over the past nearly 20 years shows that the intake of plant protein and soyfoods has significantly increased. However, whether the gains…
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