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Dr. Mark Messina

Consuming Soy During Pregnancy May Benefit Child
Women’s Health
April 13, 2021

Consuming Soy During Pregnancy May Benefit Child

Research increasingly points to myriad ways in which maternal dietary intake potentially impacts the health of offspring.1-3 However, despite the large amount of information about the health effects of soyfood…
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Observational Studies Can Point the Way, but Only Clinical Trials Can Prove Causality
NutritionSoy Protein
April 7, 2021

Observational Studies Can Point the Way, but Only Clinical Trials Can Prove Causality

New observational data by Wang et al.1 highlight the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. These foods are known for being sources of vitamins and minerals and for their phytochemical…
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New Dietary Guidelines Say Soymilk Only Suitable Alternative to Cow’s Milk
Nutrition
March 18, 2021

New Dietary Guidelines Say Soymilk Only Suitable Alternative to Cow’s Milk

Over the past decade there has been rigorous discussion of the role of non-dairy plant milks (NDPM) in the diet. Many reviews comparing the nutrient content of NDPM with cow’s…
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Supplementing Plant-Based Diets with Soy Protein Increases Muscle Mass and Strength
Men’s HealthSoy Protein
February 25, 2021

Supplementing Plant-Based Diets with Soy Protein Increases Muscle Mass and Strength

Considerable work has been devoted to determining the optimal protein for building muscle mass and strength in response to resistance exercise training (RET). Until recently, there was a consensus within…
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Many Soyfoods Suitable for Low Tyramine Diets
Men’s HealthWomen’s Health
February 19, 2021

Many Soyfoods Suitable for Low Tyramine Diets

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) were first introduced in the 1950s to treat depression.1,2 They are a separate class from other antidepressants, treating different forms of depression as well as other…
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Focus on Climate Change Shines a Light on Soyfoods
NutritionSoy OilSoy Protein
February 2, 2021

Focus on Climate Change Shines a Light on Soyfoods

As nutrition and sustainability continue to converge, it is important to examine the existing evidence highlighting the environmental benefits of soyfoods. Nutrition is the process of taking in food and…
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Soy Protein Does Not Lower Testosterone or Raise IGF-1 Levels in Men
Men’s HealthSoy Protein
January 31, 2021

Soy Protein Does Not Lower Testosterone or Raise IGF-1 Levels in Men

Research from the University of Illinois by Bosland et al.1 provides important insight about the effects of soy protein on hormone levels in men. This study is especially notable because…
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Hybrid Meats Containing Soy have Broad Appeal
Soy Protein
January 25, 2021

Hybrid Meats Containing Soy have Broad Appeal

Hybrid meats, including those that contain soy, may appeal to both flexitarians and meat eaters. A recent New York Times article highlighted the high prevalence of vegetarianism in Brazil, a…
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Soyfoods May Reduce Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s in Some People
Men’s HealthWomen’s Health
November 12, 2020

Soyfoods May Reduce Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s in Some People

To say that studying the microbiota, which refers to the population of microorganisms residing in the gut, is a hot area of research is a bit of an understatement. Last…
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Burger Wars Not Based on Nutritional Science
NutritionSoy Protein
September 23, 2020

Burger Wars Not Based on Nutritional Science

Does the number of ingredients in a food determine its nutritional value? That’s the contention of one plant-based burger manufacturer. In an open letter advertised in newspapers including the New…
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Is Soy Infant Formula Use Protective Against Breast Cancer?
CancerWomen’s Health
August 27, 2020

Is Soy Infant Formula Use Protective Against Breast Cancer?

The historically low incidence rates of breast cancer in soyfood-consuming countries led to initial enthusiasm that soy intake could reduce risk of developing this disease. While appropriate as a basis…
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Patients on Warfarin Can Consume Soyfoods
Men’s HealthWomen’s Health
July 1, 2020

Patients on Warfarin Can Consume Soyfoods

The connection between the blood thinner warfarin and the consumption of soyfoods is by no means an obvious one. But from time to time, questions about this relationship arise, as…
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