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News Room: If you have high cholesterol, soy could make all the difference in your health

Soy is as a superfood, in fact, the FDA recommends 25 grams of soy protein per day, as part of a low saturated fat and cholesterol diet, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. If you aren’t getting enough soy in your diet, American Heart Month is the time to change things up – here’s why:

Soy is a complete protein. By replacing meat with soybean protein, you are substituting saturated fats and cholesterol with a high polyunsaturated fat, low saturated fat, and cholesterol-free plant-based protein. This proves soy a valuable reformer to your overall cardio health.

Soy not only contains protein, but fiber as well. Fiber can only be found in plants and acts to prevent cholesterol from being absorbed into the body and clogging your arteries. By combining protein and fiber, you ensure you’re getting the proper nutrients at the same time.

In addition, soy naturally contains lunasin peptide. This peptide disrupts production of cholesterol in the liver and clears LDL, or bad cholesterol, from the bloodstream. And, when more than 80 percent of cholesterol comes from the liver, the benefits prove magical.

So, don’t wait for your doctor to prescribe statin drugs to improve your heart health, take your health into your own hands and start with soy.

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