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Category: Heart Health and Cholesterol
Many individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results may be tempted to use soy products, which often promote beneficial effects on heart health. However, a European agency has ruled that the evidence for these claims is lacking, and soy products may not have the cholesterol-lowering effects manufacturers often claim.
The European Food Safety Authority recently undertook a review of all the available science regarding the effect of soy proteins on cholesterol levels. The investigation was conducted after industry groups on the continent objected to restrictions on marketing claims.
After conducting its review, the authority found that there is no solid scientific evidence to support claims that soy proteins lower cholesterol. Some studies have shown a correlation between soy and healthy cholesterol levels, but none have proven a solid cause and effect relationship.
The findings of the agency could lead to skepticism about the benefits of soy products in the U.S. A healthy diet, plenty of exercise and statin medications when appropriate could be much more effective ways to treat high cholesterol. Individuals should still talk with their doctor regarding how best to get lipid levels back to normal.
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