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Dr. Mark Messina

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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Data Indicate Soy Consumption Does Not Feminize Men
Men’s HealthUncategorized
June 23, 2020

Data Indicate Soy Consumption Does Not Feminize Men

Overwhelming evidence indicates that neither soy, nor the isoflavones in soy, feminize men when consumed as part of a healthy lifestyle. In 2018, meta-analysis of 30 observational studies found that…
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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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