Soyfoods can make important contributions to a heart-healthy diet. They are low in saturated fat so that replacing animal foods with soy products can help to lower blood cholesterol levels. Soy protein itself also lowers blood cholesterol directly. This is an effect that was formally acknowledged by the US Food and Drug Administration more than a decade ago.
But elevated cholesterol is just one risk factor for heart disease. Two new studies add to existing evidence that soyfoods potentially reduce risk of heart disease and stroke independent of their effect on cholesterol….