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Increasing Consumption Of Soy Nut & Metabolic Syndrome

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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As we know the metabolic syndrome is a clustering of metabolic abnormalities that occurs in individuals with impaired insulin sensitivity (obesity, high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels along with impaired insulin sensitivity).

Research also suggests that metabolic syndrome may play mayhem with the kidneys, liver, ovaries, ability to sleep and even cause dementia. It is rather worrying because the condition afflicts up to 30 percent of the industrialized world's population, and will likely affect 50 to 75 million Americans and probably more in India by the year 2010.

A study using soy nut on 42 menopausal women with classic metabolic syndrome showed that Soy consumption could reduce the risk of the metabolic syndrome probably because of its beneficial components- complex carbohydrates, unsaturated fatty acids, vegetable protein, soluble fiber, oligosaccharides, vitamins, minerals, inositol-derived substances such as lipintol and pinitol, and phytoestrogens, particularly the isoflavones genistein, diadzein, and glycitein.

 

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14 September, 2010 | Pricila | Reply

Pricila I have a scoop of processed soy protein powder everyday. I was having a terrible time with my hot flushes around 2-3 yrs ago and also feeling as though I had rammed into a truck by nightfall.My cholesterol as also slightly high. My gynee suggested I take it to help me tide over and God has it done wonders for all my problems. So I think a little processed soy flour everyday helps tremendously.

18 June, 2010 | Geetanjali | Reply

Geetanjali Dear Richa

This is a common myth. Men should not consume soy as isoflavones affect the testestorone levels and cause erectile dysfunction. A recent critical analysis suggests the isoflavones do not exert feminizing effects on men at intake levels equal to and even considerably higher than typical for Asian males(Chinese and Japanese). The intake of soy from other countries is remarkably less and clinical evidence suggests no negative effects. So there is no harm in consuming soy.

Geetanjali Kelkar
Dietitian
Nutrition Vista

18 June, 2010 | Sharadha.S | Reply

Sharadha.S I would think No! We should stick to 25 gms of processed soy (1oz) for its health benefits. We also benefit from an overall healthy diet, especially Mediterranean or in this case DASH diet. So collectively we get the best of nutrition without the ill effects, even if miniscule with excess consumption.
Regards

18 June, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Dear Usha
Despite conflicting opinion on soy, according to Mayo Heart Clinic 25gms (1 oz) of soy per person is known to be beneficial and not create harm even if eaten on daily basis. However if a person has hyperthyroidism I suggest they avoid soya in any form till their endocrinologist clears it.
Processed soya flour from soy nut, can be added to any food as it is rather tasteless. Mixed with flour for rotis or added to any vegetable with gravy etc.
Thank you
Vijayalakshmi Iyengar
Sr Dietitian NutritionVista.com

18 June, 2010 | Usha | Reply

Usha Can you please suggest recipes of soy nut that can be included in a vegetarian diet? I have hypertension (in control with diet, exercise and mild medication) and recently detected with Diabetes (HbA1C is 6.0, controlled with out medication). Please advise on how much soy nut will help in the above conditions.
I am 45 years old.

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