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Dr. Mark Messina

Soy Protein
August 11, 2017

Legume Analysis Highlights Superior Quality of Soy

In plant-based diets beans play a critically important role as sources of protein.  In fact, it is difficult if not impossible to meet the requirement for the indispensable amino acid…
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Nutrition
August 3, 2017

Soy and Puberty: No Adverse Effect

Throughout much of the world puberty is occurring at younger and younger ages. In particular, breast development and menarche in girls is occurring earlier.1 This trend toward earlier development most…
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NutritionSoy Protein
July 17, 2017

Sports Nutrition Paper Falls Short In Analysis of Soy Protein and Strength

A new position paper on protein and exercise from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) provides useful information for health professionals.1  But it falls short in its conclusions about…
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Heart Health
June 27, 2017

Heart Association Confirms: Soy Oil and Polyunsaturated Fats are Healthful

Saturated fat is (still) out and polyunsaturated fat (PUFA) is in, according to a new report from the American Heart Association (AHA). In a Presidential Advisory, the organization stated in…
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Choline and CVD Risk: A Relationship Worth Watching
Heart Health
June 2, 2017

Choline and CVD Risk: A Relationship Worth Watching

Elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels are the two best recognized cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors that are known to be affected by diet. There may be many more of…
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Soyfoods make it easier to eat more legumes
Nutrition
April 19, 2017

Soyfoods Make It Easy to Eat More Legumes

The United Nations declared 2016 to be the International Year of the Pulses, placing a focus on the role of these foods in healthy diets and sustainable food production. Pulses…
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Soyfoods Highlighted in Position Paper By Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition
April 10, 2017

Soyfoods Highlighted in Position Paper By Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including soyfoods in vegetarian diets is one easy way to make this eating pattern more healthful.(1) In the most recent update to…
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Women’s Health
March 21, 2017

Soy, Pregnancy and Pubertal Development

The age at which puberty occurs is dropping throughout the world, especially for girls. Factors such as maternal diet during pregnancy are thought to contribute to the trend. A new…
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Obesity
February 21, 2017

More Polyunsaturated Fat to Shrink Waistlines

While body mass index (BMI) is a useful metric for assessing obesity within populations, it falls short for individual assessment. Specifically, it doesn’t distinguish between lean and fat tissue. Nor…
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Soy Consumption and Breast Cancer Patients: New Study Changes Nothing
CancerWomen’s Health
February 2, 2017

Soy Consumption and Breast Cancer Patients: New Study Changes Nothing

A new rat study from Georgetown University provides intriguing findings regarding the effects of genistein on the efficacy of the breast cancer drug tamoxifen.  But for breast cancer patients, this…
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CancerNutrition
January 27, 2017

Replace Dairy Fat with PUFA to Reduce CVD Risk

Looking for protection against heart disease? One way would be to replace dairy fat with polyunsaturated fat (PUFA). Dairy fat may not be as harmful as it has typically been…
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Men’s Health
January 24, 2017

Soy and Sperm Production: Sensational Story Lacks Science

Can eating tofu ruin your chances of becoming a father? A recent headline in the Daily Mail and other publications says it will. But the science behind these big headlines…
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Obesity
January 12, 2017

Research Sheds Light on Fat and Inflammation

Fat is back. Not that it ever really went away. Even when very low-fat diets were all the rage, experts recognized that certain fats were more harmful than others and…
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NutritionSoy Protein
January 6, 2017

Even Distribution of Daily Protein Intake a Key to Good Health

When it comes to plant-based diets, both the amount and type of protein consumed matters. Soybeans score high on both metrics: they provide more protein and better quality protein than…
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ObesitySoy Oil Corner
January 2, 2017

Linoleic acid not to blame for the obesity epidemic

In a recent review in the journal Open Heart, the official journal of the British Cardiovascular Society, researchers suggested that increased intake of the omega-6 polyunsaturated fat over the past…
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