As research continues to demonstrate the human health value of eating soyfoods, a recently published study shows that soyfoods are not only safe, but also beneficial for breast cancer survivors.
In the past, some doctors have cautioned some breast cancer patients and survivors to avoid eating soy, because of the mild estrogen-like effects exhibited by isoflavones, a natural plant compound in soy, in certain lab conditions. But with this study, recently published in the Journal of American Medical Association, health professionals can feel comfortable recommending soyfoods to breast cancer patients.
The soybean checkoff and the United Soybean Board (USB) fund research on the healthfulness of soyfoods. Checkoff-funded research has helped to prove benefits such as soy’s ability to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
“It is important the soybean checkoff work with universities and other science-based entities to make sure accurate research is being done which will put factual information out to the public and medical professionals,” says Laura Foell, soybean farmer from Schaller, IA, and vice-chair of the USB domestic marketing program. “Soybean farmers know their product is a very worthwhile and healthy product. With research into soybeans’ nutritional value, the soybean can be considered as part of a healthy diet.”
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