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Dr. Mark Messina

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NutritionSoy Protein
May 30, 2018

Is Soybean Lectin an Issue?

Lectins have been in the spotlight, and for some, have become a cause for concern. At least when it comes to soyfoods, that concern is mostly much ado about nothing.…
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Weight loss and management
Hot Topics
May 29, 2018

Want to lose weight? Skip the fad; stick to the facts

Weight loss and weight management are hot topics. News headlines routinely peddle the “diet du jour” as a key in weight management.  Gluten-free, paleo, and low-carbohydrate diets have been some…
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Nutrition
April 30, 2018

Soybean Components Make Soyfoods Enticing When It Comes to Good Health

The dramatic rise in soy research beginning in the early 1990s can be attributed primarily to the new interest in isoflavones. This interest is directly evidenced by the number of…
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Nutrition
April 4, 2018

Does Soy Belong in the Big Eight?

The Big Eight refers to the eight foods that are responsible for approximately 90% of all food allergies in the United States.1 As a result of soy being included in…
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Nutrition
March 28, 2018

Soyfoods Misinformation Spread By Surprising Source

It’s not unusual to come across blog posts and articles that are packed with misinformation about soyfoods. It’s a little surprising, though, to see such articles being highlighted by the…
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Obesity
March 2, 2018

Diet, Weight Management: Where Do Soyfoods Fit?

With obesity rates rising across the globe, research has focused on questions about which dietary pattern is most conducive to losing weight and to maintaining weight loss. One hypothesis is…
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Men’s Health
February 8, 2018

Men’s Health Does An “About Face” On Soy…And Rightly So!

Men’s Health magazine, which once suggested male readers should avoid soy, has now come out with an article touting the benefits of soy consumption. Well, it’s about time. While it…
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Nutrition
February 1, 2018

Can Soy Improve Cognitive Function?

As the U.S. population ages, increasing numbers of Americans are concerned about making sure their later years are healthy ones. Health involves numerous components but one that has received more…
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Women’s Health
January 16, 2018

Better Skin Possible with Soy, Research Shows

Soy intake is linked with a wide variety of health benefits. Evidence supporting specific benefits ranges from solid (heart disease) to speculative (prostate cancer). One proposed benefit that has received…
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Soy Protein
December 28, 2017

Soyfoods: Part of a Comprehensive Approach to Lowering Chronic Disease Risk

  A systematic review and meta-analysis published by Canadian researchers highlights the important role plant protein, and in particular soy protein, can have in reducing risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).1…
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Women’s Health
December 21, 2017

Isoflavones, Compounded Bioidentical Hormones, and the Alleviation of Menopausal Symptoms

Soyfoods and the isoflavones isolated from soybeans, which are available in supplement form, are one of several nonhormonal treatments for hot flashes. These types of “alternative treatments” are especially popular…
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Nutrition
November 28, 2017

Adventurous? Stinky Tofu Worth a Try

In a recent New York Times article, Wu Hsu Pi-Ying, owner of Dai Family House of Unique Stink in Taipei, Taiwan, described reactions to stinky tofu, a fermented Taiwanese food.…
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Nutrition
November 8, 2017

Speaking of Soy: Media and Internet Do a Disservice to the Science

These days, everybody is a nutrition expert. A recent survey of osteopathic medical students found that the students had little knowledge of medical nutrition therapy, but the majority said they…
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Soy OilSoy Oil Corner
October 11, 2017

Clinical Trials Highlight the Benefits of Soybean Oil and Contrast with Results in Mice

Conventional Soybean Oil and High Oleic Soybean Oil Favorably Affect Lipid Levels Clinical studies showing the benefits of soybean oil by far outweigh a new mouse study on soy oil,…
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