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Dr. Mark Messina

New consumer research offers insights on “plant-based” meat alternatives, guides terminology
Soy Protein
November 22, 2021

New consumer research offers insights on “plant-based” meat alternatives, guides terminology

When it comes to meat alternatives made from plant protein, consumers use “plant-based” as a top descriptor and indicate a strong preference for clear and accurate terms. Newly published research…
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Soy may favorably affect risk factors for CHD, the leading cause of death in America
Heart Health
November 3, 2021

Soy may favorably affect risk factors for CHD, the leading cause of death in America

The cholesterol-lowering effect of soy protein is well established,1-8 but there is also intriguing evidence that independent of cholesterol, soy favorably affects coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors. CHD is…
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Isoflavones associated with lower fracture risk in Chinese men
Men’s HealthUncategorized
October 21, 2021

Isoflavones associated with lower fracture risk in Chinese men

The first of its kind research from Shanghai indicates isoflavones may reduce risk of fractures in men.1 Even a superficial examination of the literature quickly reveals that most of the…
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Research Highlights Relevant to Soy Isoflavones, SIF, Ultra-processed Foods and Protein Quality
Children's HealthNutritionSoy Protein
September 30, 2021

Research Highlights Relevant to Soy Isoflavones, SIF, Ultra-processed Foods and Protein Quality

  Soy isoflavones and Alzheimer’s disease Although isoflavones are routinely classified as endocrine disruptors (EDs) a recent comprehensive technical review that focused on the observational and clinical data concluded this…
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New Evidence Further Shows Linoleic Acid is Beneficial and Not Pro-inflammatory
Soy OilSoy Protein
September 23, 2021

New Evidence Further Shows Linoleic Acid is Beneficial and Not Pro-inflammatory

Inflammation is thought to be involved in the etiology of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. For this reason, the changing scientific consensus that omega-6 polyunsaturated…
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Can Soyfoods Help Combat the Rise in Iron Deficiency Anemia?
Nutrition
September 10, 2021

Can Soyfoods Help Combat the Rise in Iron Deficiency Anemia?

Iron deficiency is a common nutritional problem globally and recent data indicate the prevalence of iron deficiency anemia in the United States is increasing.1 Do soyfoods have a role in…
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Are Fermented Soyfoods Hypoallergenic?
Soy AllergySoy Protein
September 10, 2021

Are fermented soyfoods hypoallergenic?

First, a little background: Soy is one of the eight foods thought to be responsible for 90% of food-allergic reactions among Americans.1 Even so, only about three out of every…
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Origins of the Soy Feminization Myth
Men’s Health
August 20, 2021

Origins of the Soy Feminization Myth

There are likely some folks, including health professionals, who are still uncertain about whether soy feminizes men. This uncertainty is understandable given that even today, claims that soy feminizes men…
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Systematic Review Supports the Safety of Soy for Women with Breast Cancer
CancerWomen’s Health
August 17, 2021

Systematic Review Supports the Safety of Soy for Women with Breast Cancer

Beginning in the late 1990s, concerns arose that soy increases breast cancer risk and worsens the prognosis of women with this disease despite the historically low breast cancer incidence rates…
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Soybean oil in glass bottle with soybeans around it
Heart HealthSoy Oil
August 11, 2021

New Study Confirms: SOY OIL LOWERS RISK OF HEART DISEASE; HAS NO IMPACT ON INFLAMMATION, OXIDATION

A new comprehensive analysis of the scientific literature, published in the journal Nutrition, concludes that soybean oil lowers risk of coronary heart disease without causing any undesirable effects as some…
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Two new studies highlight the potential of soy to reduce hot flashes
Women’s Health
August 10, 2021

Two new studies highlight the potential of soy to reduce hot flashes

Two new studies highlight the potential of soy to reduce hot flashes, although both suffer from design limitations. In many respects, the potential alleviation of menopausal hot flashes by consuming…
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CancerHot Topics
July 14, 2021

Glyphosate declared non-carcinogenic in draft European report, and by agencies worldwide

The European Union's Assessment Group on Glyphosate (AGG) recently released an 11,000-page draft report concluding that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, does not warrant being declared carcinogenic (see…
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New study shows soy is associated with a lower risk of dying of a heart attack
Heart Health
July 6, 2021

New study shows soy is associated with a lower risk of dying of a heart attack

Chinese researchers recently reported that soy consumption was associated with a reduced risk of mortality from acute myocardial infarction (heart attack).1 This finding comes from the China Kadoorie Biobank study,…
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