Does soy reduce cholesterol?

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Possibly. Although eating soy-based foods can slightly reduce your low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol level, the American Heart Association has concluded that soy doesn’t significantly lower cholesterol. However, eating soy-based foods can still be good for you because soy-based foods contain less saturated fat than meat does and also provides other beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and fiber. If you substitute soy for animal-based products, this switch — rather than the soy itself — may reduce your cholesterol.

Speak with a dietitian if you’re interested in adding more soy to your diet.

Adapted by: Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.

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