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Dr. Mark Messina

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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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Nutrition
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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Nutrition
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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NutritionProtein
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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Nutrition
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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Primary Prevention of Heart Disease: Diet or Drugs?
Heart Health
December 28, 2016

Primary Prevention of Heart Disease: Diet or Drugs?

Should statins be added to drinking water like fluoride?  Given the prevalence of heart disease, some experts have noted – mostly tongue in cheek – that Americans might benefit from…
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Evaluating Nutrition in Plant Milks
Nutrition
December 14, 2016

Evaluating Nutrition in Plant Milks

Which plant milk—soy, almond, cashew or coconut—is most nutritious? According to a recent  article in the New York Times, it’s none of the above. Instead, in what sounded like an…
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Endocrine FunctionWomen’s Health
September 1, 2016

Isoflavones Deserve More Attention for Their Effects on Hot Flashes

There is good reason to encourage clinicians to recommend isoflavones for women who experience hot flashes and wish to avoid hormone therapy, despite the limitations of research, as noted below.…
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